July 2017, crystal clear waters, warm dry days and a Hanse 575 named Mariner, absolute bliss. My wife Alison, daughters Chloe, Eloise and I spent 4 weeks sailing the Croatian coast.
Setting out form Zaton near Sibenik, travelling into the Kornati National Park (http://www.np-kornati.hr/en/ ) the beauty is striking. Small bays with ample places to moor as well as little restaurants serving beautiful meals predominately the catch of the day, plus local wines, cheese and olive oil. A few days of relaxed sailing, swimming and dining.
The boat is a delight to sail, while I enjoyed having the family help with mooring. Alison was relaxed as a skipper and the girls very capable stern mooring or picking up a buoy. Mariner is easily sailed single handed, the self tacking jib and smooth steering make taking very easy. All the lines lead back to the cockpit with the winches readily accessible.
During our journey the wind was up and down but we averaged 7.5 knots comfortably each day. We made our way south to Dubrovnik via Primosten, Solta, Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet. If you visit Primosten, I recommend the Mediterranean Restaurant, best to book plus the Marina Kremik. Dubrovnik is beautiful but far too crowded for me, the same for Split. There are so many places to visit, some we recommend are Uvala Opat, Hiljaca Zut Lopatica, Polacee, Vela Luca, Tristenek, Luka Mirna and Stupica Vela to name just a few. No matter where you travel there are places to stop and enjoy
Mariner has loads of space, the cockpit is large with access to a fridge, the kitchen is extremely well appointed, master cabin luxurious and rear cabins large with ample storage. There are plenty of spaces both indoor and out to relax and enjoy.
We could have kept sailing, I remember sitting at the helm heading back to Zaton and reflecting on 4 glorious weeks. Secluded bays, beautiful islands to walk around, crystal clear warm water to swim in, delightful restaurants in most of the bays and my family relaxing. What could be better