The guides are indispensible if you wish to get into Nature
Harbours, as the three books together cover 470 of them, as well as over 250 marinas. The highly detailed chartlets are
supplied by Lars Granath, the man behind the chart company Hydrographica. The charts are derived from a satellite mapping
technique and we can testament to their accuracy - on one of our early trips we believed the Batsportkort over the chartlet, and
hit a rock!
Each book is compiled by a different expert on the local area. The guides are written in Swedish, (although Arholma-Landsort is now available in English) as they
are obviously appealing to a local audience, but the chartlets alone are worth the money, and with a little practice,
the text is also useful.
As described above,
each book deals with a section of the Swedish coast, running anti-clockwise. The books are organized to coincide with
Swedish nautical charts (which are the same numbers as used in the Batsportkorts). Each chapter starts with a copy of
the master chart, with coloured dots showing the locations of the nature harbours and all marinas. The chapter then describes
each location in detail.
Most marinas have a little section to themselves, with an aerial photo, and a description of facilities (but usually no chart). The photos
are clear enough to work out where best to tie up. Each nature harbour will have a chartlet, a brief description, and often an aerial photo
too. The chartlet will show depths, routes and which parts of the shore you can get close enough to tie up to (marked
as a red shoreline).
For towns, there is some text describing facilities, places of interest and local also listing local shops and restaurants.
In the book covering the Stockholm Archipelago, Krogs (waterside restaurants) are listed as well and their location
shown. The books also have overall maps showing distances, and the locations of gas stations (Sjömackar)
and supermarkets (Livsmedel).
The books are not perfect, and there are reports of small errors (not that we've found any). There are additional nature harbours
in some of the other books, and not all the rocks you can get up to are marked, but as an overall, accessible set of
guides these are hard to beat. One major benefit is that, unlike some of the other guides, they are pretty up to date.
They are available from all good bookshops in Sweden usually for around 395 SEK (about £30). Nautiska Forlaget have a shop
in Stockholm but do not do mail order abroad.
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