Throughout the centuries various types of sail boats were the main source of navigating and transport of people and goods on the Adriatic. With the onset of the steamships they did not disappear from use but instead adapted them by installing motors and combining sailing by motor and under sail. In this way their continued construction has continued till today.
However, in the forty years or so, the majority of sail boats have reoriented themselves to the transport of excursions and organisation of many day cruises. For this purpose they have been renovated, restored and equipped with contemporary navigational devices, while the on board premises have been adapted for the needs of tourists. Today in Croatia there are more than 170 motorised sailboats that are between 15 and 45 metres in length.
Together they offer more than 6100 beds. About two thirds of motorised sail boats organise mostly one day excursions while a third of them conduct multi day cruises. Seven day or two week stays on such sailboats are a special experience.
The crew on these ships take their guests to a new island or coastal location every day, the days are spent bathing in the most beautiful coves, the ships chefs prepare original Dalmatian, Primorje or Istrian cuisine, which are washed down with a good wine so understandable why there are more and more people returning to their bracera (traditional sailing ship) or trabakul (wooden two-masted coater). Click to see small photo gallery of motorised sailing boats/ schooners in Korcula