In order to make things easier, we've divided them into three main categories: boat, skipper, and itinerary.
And no, there are no sharks in Croatia :)
1) A classic charter in Croatia offers two main types of boat to choose from: a sailboat and a catamaran (other options include motorboats, gulets and other). Choose the one that suits you best: if you like sailing and want to experience a true sailing experience, a sailboat is what you're looking for. If you're more of a comfort type of person, you should opt for the catamaran: this wide floating apartment gives you plenty of room to relax, without worrying about space. Sailboats and catamarans have a limit when it comes to speed (up to 10 knots – a plus when it comes to filling up the diesel tank at the end of the week!), so if you want to reach all the destinations in the shortest time possible, you should go for a motorboat.
2) Be aware of the fact that the prizes of a boat change quite a lot: renting a boat in July or August will be far more expensive than renting it in May or October. A holiday in the peak of summer will (most probably) give you the best and hottest weather, but also a great number of other boats around.
3) The vast majority of charters start on Saturday afternoon (usually your boat is ready around 5p.m., but you can pay an additional fee and have and have it ready around 1p.m.) and ends on Friday afternoon (again around 5 p.m.). Even though you have to be back in the marina on Friday, you can still sleep on board and only have to leave the boat by 9 a.m. the next day (Saturday).
4) Your boat will be provided with a small kitchen so you will be able to cook on board. Bare in mind two facts: a) it will probably be very hot, so cooking for a long time isn't quite the activity you're after b) the kitchen is quite small, so try to avoid complicated meals. (Usually,meals include pasta, rice, meat, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits for lunch and dinner at a restaurant).
5) You can shower on the boat (there's also an outside shower which you can use to take off the salt after a swim in the sea), but, again, bathrooms are quite small. If you need your space and want to take a decent shower, you can do it in the marina.
6) Hard luggage can be quite a problem on board since it's hard to find space for it once you've unpacked: try to bring foldable bags so you can easily store them during the week.
7) You only have electricity on board when connected to shore power in the marina. Your boat will be powered by batteries the rest of the time (unless there's a generator on board – some bigger sailboats and catamarans are provided with it). That means that you will only have the 220V plugs in the marina. Don't forget to bring a 12V charger for your phone or any other electronic device (sometimes there's on board so you can just plug in a USB cable, but not always).
8) You will have internet on board. Most charters nowadays give you 40GB of internet to spend during the week, but not all of them. Be sure to check it out.
9) Buy groceries for at least a couple of days before starting your trip. There are stores on almost every island you will visit, but they're usually more expensive and offer less choice. Ask your skipper about her/his preferences and check out what you have on board (e.g. some charters provide you with detergent to clean the dishes). Don't forget to buy lots of water (at least 20 liters before leaving) and drink it even if you're not thirsty (a sunstroke can really mess up your whole week). Sun cream and sea sickness pills are also a must (you can find the latter in any Croatian pharmacy).
10) For a complete list of the things you will find on board, check out our blog post „Check-in check out information“.