It seems pointless to answer the OPs specific question regarding an affordable berth in Croatia by suggesting he go somewhere else. It seems to me what the community should be offering is advice
based on experience and research
for the area he has requested advice
Yes, Croatia berthing in general is expensive, particularly the daily rates. However the yearly/half yearly rates are I think pretty reasonable, for what I regards as a good quality product of a safe and secure place to leave a boat
unattended. They are even more reasonable on the islands where in the main charter
fleets do not have bases and they are competing for private owners. Ok, it's a bit of a bind and takes a bit longer to travel to and from the boat
but there are excellent, cheap
, frequent and safe ferries to the islands.
Yes, Croatia has a lot of charter
fleets and yes that puts up prices for daily berths and annual berths near airports, but there are over 1000 islands and it is perfectly possible to find safe and quiet anchorages
everywhere even during August. Tourist traps like Split, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Dubrovnic, Trogir, Murter, Pula, Skradin, Kornati etc etc do a great job in luring in a large number of boats, leaving the remaining 99% much less crowded.
And yes, there are a number of bays where the government
have licensed concessions to collect mooring
charges either by mooring
buoys or ocasionally just to anchor
, but there are a lot more that are free. And yes there is a navigation
fee and sojurn tax, but it is not very expensive to give you the ability cruise
one of the best cruising grounds in the world.
On the plus side, we never have to lock our dinghy outboard
either ashore or on the boat, try doing that in UK or France
and I suspect many other countries.
Yep, it might be cheaper to berth at Brest or Hamburg, having been to both I think many people would pay a bit extra for Croatia for all it offers. However that was not the question.