… the heart of Dalmatian bareboat sailing
Split is the gateway to the best bareboat cruising in the Dalmatian Islands. There is easy line of sight navigation to a large variety of islands that offer countless anchorages of every type and the opportunity to visit a number of medieval cities, namely, Korcula, Hvar, Vis, and Komiza. If you’re going to do Croatia once in your lifetime, this is a must.
This summer 2005 bareboat cruise took us around both the island of Vis and Korcula in the south. We explored the north coast of Hvar, Solta Island, and the Drveniks to the west of Trogir. With a full boat of different crews for each week, this bareboat charter was one of the more social cruises we have organized. The first was international week with the crew representing Slovenia, the UK, Italy, and the USA and during the second we were all Italian with two young boys aboard. Having two birthdays to celebrate, a “red” Mars visible in the night sky, and an “alien” invasion one night made this bareboat charter one of the most memorable.
Split (Korcula Insights)– We chartered Matea through Manera Yatching a local Croatian broker who represent private owners. The boat was in fantastic condition. Split has large supermarkets for provisioning and resupplying during the cruise was easy in Milna (Brac), Luka Vela (Korcula), and Vis Town (Vis).
Unfortunately, we motored more than we would have liked during this trip with the prevailing wind from the southern quadrant until the last days of the charter. Most anchorages were comfortable with the exception of Marinkova (Pakleni) which had strong currents and some bounce. Also, Komiza on Vis Island prohibited anchoring within the sea wall and the designated anchorage was open to the west receiving a fair amount of fetch from the open sea.