If you look at the menu, a new feature is added, Harbours.
I will try to add a couple every week, and the content is primarily added from the site www.guestharbour.se.
Bohuslän is probably one of the best sailing areas in the world. Thousands of islands, some very big as Orust, some tiny ones. But one thing in common: Harbours in abundance. Natural harbours, and guest harbours commercially run. It is your pick that decide.
Bohuslän is named after the Norwegian medieval castle of Båhus. The ruins you find some 20 km north of Göteborg along the ri
ver Göta Älv, and you could go there with your own boat. Båhuslen was a Norwegian county from around 1050 until the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, when the kingdom of Denmark-Norway lost this area as well as Skåneland to Sweden.
Today, few people think of this, but the accent spoken, reveals a Norwegian heritage. Of course, the accent varies a lot, but has a common base in Norwegian. Continue reading BOHUSLÄN – The barren granite
The replica of the 18th century sailing ship Göteborg was out for sale last spring. The foundation which was running the project could only keep it until the end of the year. Funds were running out.
The ship was ready in 1984, and made its maiden voyage to China. The original ship made its maiden voyage in 1739, destination China. She sunk at entrance to the harbour of Göteborg in 1745 after her third long voyage to and from China. The condition the day she sunk were good, she had an expeinced pilot. There were early speculations whether it was on purpose or not. Insurance money? But a more likely explanation was a phenomenon called stillwater. Fresh water from the outgoing river forms a top layer making the navigation difficult.
But now an agreement has been made with major interests of the city to manage to keep it in Göteborg, and a lot of keen people can relax. Funds have been raised for some ten years to come. Amongst funders you can find Volvo, Stena Line and the harbour of Göteborg.
I took “the little one” out for the first time. I must admit if anyone was looking at me setting sails, and trying to get everything in order must have wondered what it all was about. Everything was not alright, rigging was not complete I realized, and not my knowledge about the boat either. I had some problems with the dirk, and while I was circling around (not knowing I did so) I had an involuntarily gibe, and got the boom in my head. That was a moment I appreciated that the boat was small, hence the gibe did not kill me. Continue reading Monark 540
It did become a new boat. A much smaller one compared to the one I looked at in February. The first one I had a notion that it would be possible to live in most of the time. Now I keep the old one, which is possible to live in as well, plus a small to do sailing over the day, and possibly stay over night for shorter periods. A new big one? We’ll see. But in any case, this was cheaper. It is really
amazing how cheap these small sailing-boats are today, this one cost 5000 Sw Cr. And then there were fairly new sails in that.
It became a Monark 540, Swedish made and constructed by Pelle Pettersson, the famous architect of the Maxi boats. I haven’t sailed it yet though. Last week I almost managed to complete the rigging, but had to go heme over the week end. So tomorrow I go down to Öckerö again, and hope that wind will be less. It has been a gale warning for quite some time now.
The day before yesterday my wife and I went to Karlshamn in southern Sweden to look at at another boat. It was a boat I had seen for sale for a while, and finally I could not resist going down the 250 km ta have a look.
It was a nice boat, Brofjord 36, built in the late 70´s . A sturdy motor sailor with a serious and nice owner. He had spent a lot of time and money to maintain it, and was very well equipped (the boat that is…).
It was tempted, but finally I refrained. The reason was that I did not feel comfortable at any of the two places for steering. It was a bit claustrophobic.
This is an embryo of an blog. Although winter is still here, with temperatures below zero even in the south of Sweden, with ice on inland lakes, there will be more light and warmer winds coming. I promise.
A sign of this is at least that the Gothenburg boat fair took place last week. Without my participation this year. I tend to buy to many “ueseful gadgets”, that never will be used, so at least my purse is in better shape now.