DAN & ALISON LEININGER
the high side, and both marinas and anchorages fairly crowded during late-summer. Our two-week charter ran from late August to early September, during a seasonal transition to lower marina prices. Where to go? This was my first cruise with Alison, since meeting her several years ago while volunteering with the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS). Since we sail just about every weekend on San Francisco Bay as skipper and first mate of the BAADS flagship Catalina 30, we figured we were ready for a nice vacation charter somewhere warm. After originally considering the Caribbean, we eventually decided on Croatia. Arrangements â€” We booked our char-
Sipping a cool drink in one of Split's many outside cafes, you may think you've stumbled onto a movie set.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast: A First-Timerâ€™s Perspective The article we read in a leading sailing magazine which called Croatia a "hidden jewel" was half right. Jewel, yes, but hidden no more. Croatia is a wonderful place to charter, but we found prices on
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ter through a company called Sail Croatia, as their prices were competitive and we thought they would arrange flights for us. It turned out that their flights (UKâ€“toâ€“Croatia) were full, however, so we were on our own for this leg of the trip. This almost became a stumbling block, but we eventually worked things out. On arrival in Croatia, we were told that our charter had been sub-contracted to another company called PBZ Leasing, which may have been due to the relatively small boat we'd chartered, a Beneteau 311. It worked out great, though, as we were based at the Adriatic Croatia International (ACI) Marina in the inner harbor of Split, and had a chance to conveniently explore this wonderful city on both ends of our vacation. Navigation â€” I ordered a couple of smaller scale charts from American Nautical Services, Inc. (www.amnautical. com), specifically #54200, Dugi Otok to Otok Brac and #54220, Ostrvo Brac to Dubrovnik. Fortunately, they arrived in time to do some rough planning before leaving on our adventure. This proved
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