This section will present a number of harbours in Bohuslän. There are other more comprehensive sites for this matter, but I will list a few that I personally like.
I will start with Öckerö, where I have my own boats since 30 years. Öckerö is a both an island, and the name of the municipality. It is a nice, clean and fairly cheap harbour.
Öckerö islands are a part of the archipilago of Göteborg, although it is a municipal of it’s own. Öckerö municipality has two geographically separated parts, Öckerö, Hönö, Fotö and Hällsö that you can go between by car, and then you have Nordöarna. (The northern Islands) These are Rörö, Hyppeln and Källö-Knippla. To reach them you must go by second ferry. Historically there is supposed to be some hostility between those areas, but I think one should take that with a pinch of salt.
What is true though, is that there have been two referendums (2001 and 2005) whether there should be a road bridge connection between the mainland and Öckerö. The government wanted to build one, and one would believe that the islanders would like that since a majority commutes to Göteborg daily. But no! Both times 65 % voted against it. Obviously, the relative privacy with the ferry was considered more important than fast connections.
But! The northern Islands voted quite differently. Even if a new road bridge was constructed, these islands still would have had to use the “local” ferries. They realized that one ferry gave as much protection as two, and 85 % voted for a road bridge.
This is an old favorite of mine, often it was my first stop for the season.
It was, and still is a major place for the processing of herring. Pickled herring that is. Some 50 years ago there were as many as 25 small businesses here. In the beginning of 2000, there were only three left. When you stroll around the island, you will see some big properties by the sea. Big houses and enormous jetty’s. Many of those are old herring factories.
Hundred years ago there were 750 residents, today there are about half of them. Klädesholmen became some 15 years ago an living example in the political debate regarding the taxation of property. The property taxation was based on estimated value when sold, and the price on property rose so much that people that had lived there their whole life, with a small pension, could not afford to keep their own houses. The former government changed the rules with a maximum of approx 7000 Sw Cr annually, hence the old people could afford to stay.
This is as far north you can get in Öckerö municipal, and on my top ten on the coast. It is a good harbour, and it is a very popular place to go for a weekend “off season”. 5 nm east is one of the biggest marinas in northern europe situated, Björlanda Kile. This means of course that there are a lot weekenders who go there.
And it is a good pick, a very scenic island. The eastern side is quite
lush, and that’s where people live. There are still quite a number of residents. The western part is a natural reserve with fantastic fields of cobblestone. A remain of the iceage. Close to the harbour you also have a good sandy beach, perfect for the kids when they are ready with the crab fishing.
Two of the biggest trawlers you find on the westcoast has Rörö as home harbour. (When you approach Rörö, you wonder how on earth theese big ships manage to get in and out)
There is room for approx 100 visiting boats, and the cost is 220 swCr incl. electricity.