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Re: Norway as a sailing country

Hi Simon,

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
Hi Everybody!

My name is Simon from the netherlands. I joined this forum today to get in contact with norwegians to ask about their country and what kind of demands one should ask from their seaworthy sailing yachts.
I don't know who many Norwegians we are here - but I would like to help.
My home waters are close to Oslo.
The cruising ground is primarily the Norwegian South(East) cost and the Swedish West coast.

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
Questions I would have is about insurance (lot's of rocks)
Don't understand this question - navigation is about not hitting rocks
My insurance cover whole Northern Europe (I think Svalbard is excluded - but I don't plan to go there
Our waters are easy to navigate
- No moving sandbanks
- No tide to speak of (in the south, more the farther North you go)
- Well charted and marked waters (day & night)
- In summer the night is short

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
availability of marina's and harbors during specific seasons.
We have lots of natural harbors, some can be cramped in the summer season but there is always room for one more.

The towns have guest harbors - they can get filled up some evenings.

Most people sail only in the summer and some places will be non-navigable in winter due to ice.

But some sail all year around, but you need to take some extra precautions.

As for availability of permanent berths - the availability depends on location - you would have to check.

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
Brands of yachts people would use there, Mälmo's Halberg rassey's and other amazing scandinavian brands I'm sure but maybe also brands like bavaria's.
Among newer boats I think Bavaria is the most popular sailboat brand.
Other popular brands are Hanse, Benetau, Jeanneau

The expensive Swedish boats are not so many Malö, Halberg rassey
X-yacths from Denmark are also among the popular boats in the upper price range.

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
I would like to know how Norwegians rate yachts in general for their country and nordic countries in general. Part of this is general interest,
I'm not sure I understand this question, but I'l try..
Generally sailing in Norway don't involve long offshore sails without sheltered waters.
Going along the coast we have long stretches where you can sail inshore (that is part of the fun sailing here)

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
part of this is the ambition to experience this myself. The reason I wish to get in contact with norwegians is that it's known that norwegians would be outgoing people who appreciate the nature their country has to offer. Therefore it stands to reason some of you will be happy to inform me
I made this post in another forum a while ago, it's worth looking at Cruising in Norway (south)

Maps here:
in the left menu
In zoom to area select "Aust agder" and
open "Sjøkart" (sea chart) and select the first check box
Then you can start zooming in on the south coast "Sørlandet"

Originally Posted by Simon Broersma View Post
I look forward to replies! To any questions or remarks you will receive swift response.

Last edited by knuterikt; 04-03-2013 at 12:31 PM. Reason: added link to chart
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