- Nordsee From Calais, the whole of the UK East Coast,
the whole of the Norwegian West Coast and the West Coast of
- Skagerrak and Kattegat The Norwegian south coast,
the Swedish West coast, down to Mölle and the Danish East Coast
down to Grenå.
- Ostsee I covers the Danish Baltic, south of Grenå,
the Swedish West and South Coast from Molle to Simrisham, Bornholm,
and the Northern Coast of Germany from Flensburg to Lubeck
- Ostsee II covers Sweden from Malmo round to Norratalie
(just North of Stockholm), and the Southern and Eastern Baltic
coast from Poland round to Finland, stopping just north of the
Åland Islands. It includes St Petersburg
- M-VP (Mecklenburg-Vorpommen) covers the remaining
North German coast between Lubeck and Poland
Books are organised by area. At the front is a fold-out map of the whole area that each book
covers. Printed on the map is a key to the various areas, along with every harbour that
the book covers. As a quick guide this is invaluable and exceptionally
clear. You can see at a glance what harbours are in your area. The
area sub-sections are arranged by geography, and although the countries
are separated, the sections within a country are somewhat arbitary.
Each section starts with a little overview and a map, similar
to the master map, but showing only the harbours covered by that
section. The harbours themselves are organised geographically, i.e.Harbours
physically next to one another will follow in the book. A key printed on the
area preface map acts as an index to the pages. E.g. In Ostsee I,
Rødvig appears in Section DK-VI-2 (Denmark 6, Harbour 2). There
is also a list of harbours on the main map, and on Index
pages at the front of the Book. The front of the book also has a
key to the chartlets.
Each Harbour has between one and four pages dedicated to it.
There will usually be a very clear, colour chartlet, taking up at least half a page. There will also usually be at least
one aerial photo, sometimes more, and occasionally a land-based
Symbols printed on the chartlet indicate what facilities are
available at each location. The accompanying text is
always in the same format so, although in German, it is easy to
understand. The text is organised as follows:
An update pack is available every spring. This takes the form of a pack of loose-leaf
pages which are simply inserted into the binder.
- Entry Instructions (Ansteuerung)
- Mooring (Liegeplatze) where the Guest moorings are
- Facilities (Versorgung) lists what facilities the
harbour has (e.g. Electricity, Water etc)
- Contacts (Kommunication) usually the Harbour Masters
- Attractions (Allgemeines) lists nearby attractions.
In practice, this was the
clearest book we have used. Based on reviewing the two Ostsee Books
the only criticism I would have is that the chartlets are sometimes
rather optimistic on water depth, and can be a little misleading,
certainly in the extremeties of marinas. Also, the Ostsee II book
has far fewer charts and pictures than the main Danish book.
The Hafenhandbuch costs between
€35 and €43 depending on area. Updates are around €15. The books
are available from good bookshops in Germany, or direct from
DSV-Verlag. Note that when I tried
it, DSV-Verlag only accept electronic payments, not credit cards.
An electronic payment can cost up to £30 - an expensive addition
to the cost of the book.
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