Originally Posted by Roaring Girl
Cost of living much higher.
cold so heating
costs and boat prep much more intensive.
It's dark all the time.
Many fewer liveaboards if it's your first winter afloat and might enjoy company.
Much later start in the spring and much tougher sailing when you get going.
If none of these are issues for you and your wife - go to Norway in your boat. Otherwise I second the motion to stay in Spain and fly to Norway!
Good point about the spring etc. People 'summer' in Norway! It's a very pretty place in the late spring (best season) and summer. Mid to late summer becomes very wet just like the west coast
(but without the mosquitos!)
I can tell you that after living for 14 years on the west coast of Norway, people do not 'winter' in Norway, especially when living aboard
More often than not, people cross the North Sea from Aberdeen or Whitby area during late Spring and then start working their way up the coast, unless they turn-back in July then will normally be looking at hauling the boat and leaving it there around early October and then coming back the following spring.
To give you an idea of the conditions out in the North Sea with regards tougher sailing:
I had a friend who was a very competant sailor and had decided that he and his friend would make an early spring crossing to Scotland
in their wooden sloop
. Their grandfather, an old salt
, told them that they should never consider the North Sea until mid-April.
They set off late March in good weather
. 200 miles out they had 18" of water
in the bilges and were pumping, the seas were taxing them to the limit of their abilities. By the time they got back within relatively calmer waters (which were not opening the seams as much) they had almost 2' in the bilges and were in fear of losing the boat. Keeping in constant touch with the coast-guard they got back ok. He took a bottle to his Grandfather to apologise for not listening! Enough of the one-off horror stories, but..
It's true that you're going to be waiting until later in the season than you originally plan on. Realistically, the 'sailing season' in Norway is late April/May through Septemeber with a big 'dry weather' bias toward May and June. Even then you'll be using your cabin
heater in the evenings. In late October it will switch from relatively warm to chilly in the matter of 1 week - then it'll get dark and 'day' will consist of a few hours of light twilight.
In January and February the coast gets battered with near Hurricane
force winds and strong gales/storms. This situation rectifies itself in March when it seems to take about 1-2 weeks to come back to full daylight again.
If you consider going down to the Algarve (as someone already mentioned) I would near guarantee that you'll have multiple visits from you Norwegian family
- as they don't want to be in Norway during winter either...