In my country we have what is called "allemannsretten" (translates roughly to "freedom to roam"). Allemansretten gives anybody the right to trespass and even camp for 2 days on uncultivated/undeveloped land. (I believe this is the opposite of the US where you can get shot for trespassing?). This is an ancient right found in several of the Nordic countries.
For boaters this means you can tie up (for a maximum of 2 days) and venture ashore on any beach or land on uncultivated/undeveloped land, privately owned or publicly owned.
Daily tide heights in southeastern Norway and most of Sweden range from about a foot down to nothing. Weather systems have a bigger influence and can bring the general level up or down a few feet.
This part of the coast is littered with thousands upon thousands of larger or smaller islands and skerries. In strong onshore winds you will easily find shelter behind an island.* On many islands or rocks the water depth is 5 - 10 feet right up to the face of the island.* What this all boils down to is that boaters "dock" to islands. Most people prefer to drop a stern anchor and then motor slowly bow-in. Many boats have a recessed bow pulpit and a removable bow ladder is a part of the standard cruising kit.* To secure bow lines, people use "rock anchors". These are purpose made hot dipped steel wedges with a ring on top to secure your lines to. The wedges are driven down with a hammer into cracks in the rock surface.* In popular mooring areas sometimes the Park Commissions even have permanently installed steel bolts for boaters.
As my wife has knee trouble, she is not able to climb over the bow and the down. We always find a cliff or rock that will fit us alongside.* The trick is to find a suitable cliff or ledge*that looks like a pier. We first slowly go bow-in to visually check the depth and look for any rock formations that protrude below sea level. If OK, we back out, prepare fenders and lines and then go in as if it was like any dock. When alongside, I jump ashore, drive home "rock anchors", set spring, bow and stern lines. Done.
When all set, we enjoy an "anchor dram". This is a Scandinavian tradition of having a shot of Aquavit (The Linie Aquavit
*is my favorite) or other shot drink after having docked or anchored. I have even seen people moving their dock lines from one mooring post to another just to claim having anchored and subsequently claim rights for an "anchor dram".
1: "Anchor kit" ready for deployment
2: Wedge driven home. Line secured
3: Bolt installed by Park Commision
4: Fender for below sea level formations
5: At rest
6: From above
7: Bow view. Other boats also alongside this small island
8: Stern view
11: From the dink
12: Panorama mode on my cell camera
13: Panorama mode on my cell camera
14: Panorama mode on my cell camera
15: Panorama mode on my cell camera
16: Boats bow-in to other islands
17: Anchor dram
-- Edited by r-rossow on Thursday 1st of September 2011 06:52:57 AM