My names Kevin. I'm an Irish guy but have been living in Krakow for about 11 years now. I have been sailing in Croatia on "EveryThing Zen" for the last 5 years. The boat is an Oceanis 393 (just under 12m), has 3 double cabins, 2 heads (toilets), Kitchen and Salon. It can sleep 8 people, but is much more comfortable with 3/5 people on board.
During the winter I travel extensively (generally warm places), and the summer I spend on the boat. I have a few companies with offices in Poland and Ireland but I can manage them remotely, I have internet on board so can easily stay in touch with work. Probably the best way to describe my way of work would be as a digital nomad.
Croatia has over 1,400 islands, so theres always plenty to explore, see and do.
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Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
LiveAboard / Full time crew
Over the last couple of years I've tried various variations on crew, this year I'm not going to have as many people on board as I previously had. This year my plan is to have 1 (2 people max) who can spend at least 3 or 4 weeks on board.
The work is fairly light and will consist of cooking / provisioning / keeping the place tidy / washing down the deck and general help keeping the boat maintained and some help with sailing and berthing. You don't need any experience as I can show you how to sail and do everything. 95% of the people who joined me in the past had no experience.
If you're staying for 3 or 4 weeks, then I'll cover all your on-board expenses such as food and alcohol.
HopAboard / Part time crew
I'll also take people on board for a max of a week or so, as I'll already have someone on board to help, I'm only going to have people on board 2 weeks in the month (so every 2nd week). Also once or twice a week, we'll be going ashore to a restaurant. The way it works is that if you use the restaurants mooring buoy then you're meant to eat at the restaurant otherwise they get a small bit angry. So if you are on a limited budget then maybe this may not be the best option for you.
Who do I take onboard.
Fun, relaxed people. - Space is limited on board, so you need to get on with people
I tend to stay up late 2am - so if you're the type of person who goes to bed at 10pm - then my music will piss you off at midnight when I'm sitting in the cockpit having a beer/wine - probably not a good idea to ask me to turn down the music as happened last summer.
People who go to concerts / festival / party people
The boat is alcohol friendly. If you think 3 beers is a big night out then again its not going to be a good fit. Also if the idea of a beer at 2pm in the day horrifies you, then this is not for you. Please don't come on board if you don't drink and I don't mean 1 beer or 1 glass of wine. I've had people who either don't drink or drink very little come on board, if this happens again, you'll be dropped off the next day.
Tradition on boats is when you get into a port you have a beer (its bad luck not to) . If you decide not to drink I will judge you and anything bad that happens, I'll be blaming you in my head.
Who do I not take onboard
Vegans / Vegetarians - We have different lifestyles and have found by experience thats its not a good match. On the positive side you'll outlive me.
If you don't like to have a few drinks during the day then please don't apply. Trust me neither of us will not have any fun. I've had people who have applied said they drink and it turns out they are either tee-total or had 1 beer in a week. If this is the case, I'll be dropping you off the next day. If the island is inhabited and has a ferry - great. If not, not my problem :)
I don't take couples or groups, the reason I say this, is when people know each other for long time they fit into a routine that they are comfortable with and I end up being the outsider on my own boat. Everytime I break my own rule, I get proven right. So only solo travellers or groups of solo travellers.
High Maintenance people / Princess's need not apply :)
More about the Sailing
There is no real plan on where we are going and I'm open to suggestions if there's someplace you want to go. It generally depends on what way the wind is blowing when I wake up on where we'll go for the day. When we are moving from one place to the next I normally head off around 11am, maybe sail for 2 or 3 hours. find some place for lunch and a swim for an hour or two then head off again to find someplace to stay for the night.
If we find a place we like and we all agree we may stay in one place for 2 or 3 days. If the place isn't that great then we'll move onto another bay.
A couple of times a month, we'll rent scooters and go and explore the islands. Normally someone is appointed entertainment officer and their job is to research where we are going and see what are the things to do / places to see / best bars and clubs etc. In the past this has included, diving on wrecks, ziplining, visiting wineries, exploring caves, waterfalls, geocaching
If the weather is good we'll normally anchor in a bay (you can take the dingy ashore if you need to get to shops / bars / etc) When the weather is bad we tend to go to town quays.
There are 3 sailing areas in Croatia, North, Central and South.
Central - This is the busiest area and in July and August is packed with boats and tourists - It gets very crowded - Main Areas are Hvar (party island), Brac, Solta - most charter boats are here Kornati National is also in this area but is a bit more remote. I tend to avoid the central area in peak season.
South - Generally from Korcula to Dubrovnik. Its a bit quieter than the central area and the landscape is a bit more lush. Mljet National park is a highlight of the trip down here. Korcula and Dubrovnik are both nice towns.
North - Starts at Zadar and goes north. Really nice area, very few other yachts here and any that are here tend to be privately owned. Charter boats tend not to come here. Fantastic bays and lovely little towns to explore
95% of the time we will have very fast internet on board. There's probably only 3 or 4 days a season when we won't have it and thats when we are in a remote bay with high mountains all around us.
April / May / June the weather can be mixed, if there's rain we normally stay below deck and watch TV. April and May it can be cold
July / Aug - Weather is usually perfect
Sept / Oct - Weather starts to deteriorate
How to Apply for a spot
You can send me a message on here.
Separate double cabin and bathroom
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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