With over 1,200 islands decorating the Croatian coastline, it’s impossible to choose which islands you’ll visit on your next sailing adventure, and even tougher to hit them all - but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try.
Enter island hopping, an adventure that takes you from one floating landscape to the next, often rapidly and with the sole purpose of experiencing every enchanting enclave, Adriatic archipelago, hidden bay, and perfect peninsula the sea can hold.
We know it’s still not quite realistic to capture 1,200 islands on your next Croatian sailing holiday, but we know that if you have the right boat, you’ll be impressed by what you can achieve. And with modern technology and the expertise of seasoned seafarers, there is an impressive range of powerful boats to choose from, many already conceived with your next island hopping adventure in mind.
So, how do you find the best boats for island hopping in Croatia? Whether you’re a sun seeker or adrenaline junkie, laid-back boater or skillful sailor, we have just the list for you.
This brand new German boat brand is more than just stylish, fast and safe - the RYCK was also named the ‘Boat of the Year’ for its elegance! But what makes it one of the best boats for island hopping, too? Nothing gets between you and swimming when you’re cruising on the RYCK, equipped with a bathing platform and shower, ladder, and teak covering to maximize your time outdoors. And that’s not the only way you can escape the sun after endless swimming tires out your sea legs. The RYCK T-top not only keeps you cool, but its illuminated deck sparkles at night time for swimming under the spotlight and starlit sky. The walk around decks make maneuvering on board a breeze so you can easily reach its expansive sunpad at the bow. The foredeck also offers a sundeck with a drink holder and backrest - perfect for you and a friend to kick back and relax. And did you know that the cockpit can be converted into a sun lounging area, too? Effortless anchor maneuvers allow you to stop and hop no matter where you are as the bowsprit drops clear of the hull and also helps you climb ashore. And for those of you into water sports? The RYCK 280 can even be equipped with rod holders or a tow-bar, while ample storage space can accommodate all of your gear! Bring on the water skis! Sail in style with sun sails and show off with RYCK’s glass bridge helm station and T-top. The Cruise & Swim RYCK is likely the best bet for you.
Led by the philosophy of living your adventure, AXOPAR is a top choice for anyone looking for a clean, modern, and comfortable island hopping experience - no matter where the sea takes you. Not only do all models feature a walk-around deck for easy handling and access, but the 28’s rub rail protection offers an additional rub rail around the edge of the swim platforms.
The uncluttered helm is equipped with associated navigation and driver aids, while the dashboard fits up to twin 12” optional plotters, a storage well with a 12 V power outlet, and two cup holders - bring on the cocktails! The high and long windscreen offers excellent visibility when you’re cruising from one stop to the next, with minimal draft to keep you dry no matter the weather and sea conditions. Kick back and choose comfort in the cockpit with the four separate aft seats and don’t forget to bring all of your gear on board - the large storage compartment under the back seats is accessed from the aft deck to ensure nothing gets left behind. Whether you choose the gray color scheme or go bold with black, AXOPAR is one of the best boats for island hopping in the Adriatic.
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A new era of boating is here, and that’s thanks to the SAXDOR Yachts brand, designed by the founder and original designer of AXOPAR. All SAXDOR models are not only sleek, stunning, and quick - but you can expect a robust outbound performance and cost-effective hull when island hopping with this brand.
The SAXDOR 320 GTO features a T-top and a walk-around deck for the ultimate sun seekers, while electric opening side terraces, a front-facing sundeck, and telescopic bathing ladder allow you to stop, swim, and suntan with ease. Speeding from one island to the next is simple with SAXDOR thanks to the powerful Twin 300hp Mercury engines, while the single 300hp V8 engine boasts a top speed of around 40 knots and a cruising speed of around 30 knots. A quick fender release system, kitchen module, integrated handrails on deck, easy side boarding thanks to fixed side wings, and anti-skid finishing on decks and hatches allow you to safely maneuver on board without slipping. Need we say more?
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If you’re aiming to enhance your quality of life on board, look no further than the Merry Fisher, a brand designed for family excursions, relaxing weekends, fishing adventures, and snorkeling enthusiasts.
With room for up to 6 people, the Merry Fisher 895 promises comfort thanks to its remarkable volume and spacious head compartment. A functional galley and modular saloon and cockpit allow you and your friends to sit back and socialize in style. That is, only once you’re tuckered out from all of the swimming. Seamless movement on board is made possible thanks to the flush floorboard between exterior and interior spaces, while wide and secure side decks and several easy access points bring you to the sea in no time. A side door also allows the driver to handle maneuvers at port or anchor - no matter which island you choose next! A safe choice that allows you to cut across the sea in all seasons and conditions, this versatile model is best if you’re looking to fully experience the simple pleasures at sea.
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Jeanneau Cap Camarat
And last but not least - one of the best boats for island hopping? The Jeanneau Cap Camarat, of course, known as a true partner for any adventure at sea! Especially if you’re into sport fishing. But even if you’re into total relaxation, speed, marine activities, or simple moments on board, Jeanneau Cap Camarat balances performance and comfort as its cruising philosophy. Not only can guests seamlessly move around the boat thanks to large side decks, but the Jeanneau Cap Camarat can transform according to your needs. Here’s how.
The spacious forward and aft cockpits can be quickly converted into a sundeck or saloon whether you're cruising or at anchor, while the helm can stylishly accommodate three people. And if you choose the Cap Camarat 9.0 CC? Its light double berth offers smart storage and a separate shower and head area down below, while its spare room can take form of a second bed for two children! The most important island-hopping amenities are at your fingertips with the Jeanneau Cap Camarat, with a cooler on board and a generous storage locker for you to keep your precious gear. A foolproof choice for friends and families, the Jeanneau Cap Camarat is a pleasurable and thrilling choice for your next adventure on water.
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