Originally Posted by EZ55
boat is currently in Marmaris... have you sailed in Croatia before? the authorities appear to be quite sticky? don't really want to sail the 18oo odd miles to be sent away for a minor technicality??
We sailed Turkey to Croatia in July 2007 and unlike others you must have listened to, we found the authorities to be OK. Like everywhere, respect them and they'll respect you.
If you copy us and sail up from Corfu and enter into Dubrovnic I think you might be blown away with the place, the history
, the people.
In terms of a course once you've exited Gulf of Corinth (which is normally a snotter with westely winds), turn north and get to Corfu, then from there its more or less a straight line due north if you choose not to stop in Albania or Montenegro. We had good s'ly breezes for a majority of our trip once past Corfu, but that's not the norm.
Only solid tip I can give is to make sure you moor at the big ship dock
wall in Dubrovnic and don't assume you can berth stern to alongside the other yachts. Tie up with the big boats, go ashore and got your permit
sorted at the office just over the road, then back to show it all to the police police at the dock
, then you're free to go where you want.
The guy we saw in the office appeared a bit intimidating, but he was a softy at heart, more like a big friendly bear.......and the police lady was a real looker. Lots of smiles. No authority issues from either of them, or anyone else after.
FWIW I think Croatia is probably the best cruising ground you could choose to visit. Certainly on a par or better than Turkey, Greek Islands
Enjoy and sail safe