There are a series of new "smart" buoys that have been installed in 5 bays around the Croatian islands that use technology to detect when you pick them up and when you depart. The idea is that you then use IT to pay for the buoy.
Whilst I have no problem with mooring
buoys, in some bays they are the only option, and for the most part they offer the locals a source of income
and are reasonably priced (around 15 to 20kuna per meter) these new ones are a step in the wrong direction.
Having discovered them a quick bit of research
finds that they are stinging users for 350kuna in one location. This is for 24hrs but not based on specific boat
length. So if you have a 10m boat
or a 20m boat you pay the same price
. Given that you can pay less tied up to a town wall; with power, water
and toilets, I find this excessive.
Not only that if you fail to pay online and their 'representative" comes out you will be charged a whopping 50% extra!!
So be aware. If you find a mooring
buoy operated by Adria Bove these are the ones. Can't miss them as they are big and white with the company name on the side.