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Old 25-07-2010, 12:46   #1
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Stockholm Archipelago Moorings

Heading to the Stockholm archipelago in a few weeks and wondering if anyone can provide some info on how the mooring techniques there work. It looks like much of it is bow to? Anyone have good suggestions on where to read about how to perfect this? It seems quite complicated!

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If it's anything like the rest of the Baltic, it will be "box mooring". two piles for your stern lines and bows on to a pontoon. You find the same thing in The Netherlands.

If your boat hasn't got a rubbing strake, your topsides will take a caning unless you rig a heavy line, say 22mm diameter, fore and aft, over the middle of your hull. This gives you some protection whilst you struggle to lasso the posts. Saves lots of bad language!

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Long time back when we last cruised the archipeligo most nights were spent bow into deserted (or not) small islets.

Anchor off the stern as we went in, and crew jumps off with bow line.

You'll find most chandlers stock metal spikes complete with steel rings you can hammer into the ground to finally secure the bow.

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Bow in is the norm

Nose in to see that you have bottom/bow clearance, then go back out and drop the stern anchor while gliding in and having someone jump off the bow onto the cliffs. Tie a line from the bow to a tree or boulder, or two trees set apart if you need to keep from swaying back and forth.

Just as you are probably jumping off the bow onto cliffs, there may not be much for the anchor to bite into. The glaciers were about 2 NM thick over Stockholm during the last ice age and most of the east coast was scraped bare as they flowed down into what later became the Baltic. So, plenty of scope and check twice.

Remember that while you can go anywhere with the all-mans-right you can not disturb the property owners/inhabitants with either sight or sound.

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Bow in is most common.
And if you want a place, go to Sandhamn. But the price for moring(and everything else) is quite expencive. But you can stop at the north island (Lökholmen). Or just drop the anchor their. And take the dingy over...few hundreds meter.
Utö is also a popular place. And if you want to be alone, dont go to Sandhamn, Möja, Utö, Finnhamn. Waxholm is a beautiful place, but the harbour is small and it is a touristplace....
When you stop the first night IN the archipelag, just ask for advice.
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