Huvudskar


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Huvudskar is a fabulous anchorage on the outer edge of the Stockholm Archipelago. We’d so far seen only one pleasure craft underway since arriving in Sweden, let alone shared an anchorage, and had the place to ourselves for the first two nights. But despite its remoteness, Huvudskar is popular enough that as the weekend arrived, so did several other boats. It’s easy to see why—the beautiful village there is one of the most painted in Sweden and the seascape is spectacular.

Below are trip highlights from April 17th through 19th at Huvudskar, Sweden. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

4/17/2019
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Uto Windmill
The Uto Windmill, a prominent landmark as we pass west of Uto en route to Huvudskar.
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Swedish Navy
Many of the outlying islands in the Stockholm Archipelago are controlled by the Swedish Navy and fishing, anchoring or diving is forbidden.
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Tender
Out in the tender for a quick tour of the anchorage at Huvudskar.
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Huvudskar
The fabulous anchorage at Huvudskar on the outer edge of the Stockholm Archipelago (click image for a full-sized view). This would be a rare scene in the summer, with only one boat in view. We’ve so far seen only one pleasure craft underway since arriving in Sweden, let alone shared an anchorage.
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Happy Hour
Happy Hour in the sunny cockpit. While in the UK we purchased a couple of thick outdoor blankets and these work great for keeping warm in cooler temperatures. The temperature is 43°F (6.1°C) but with the sunshine and no wind, we didn’t even need the patio heater.
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Sunset
Another beautiful Swedish sunset. We’re sure loving it here—the scenery and lack of crowds more than makes up for the colder weather.
4/18/2019
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Village
The village at Huvudskar, pictured at dawn, is one of the most painted in Sweden. A fishing village was here in the Middle Ages, and later the island became known as a pilot-, customs- and lighthouse station. The old customs house is now a hostel and the pilot’s house contains a small museum exhibiting Huvudskar. As far as we can tell, we’re currently the only people here.
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Sunrise
Another exceptional Swedish sunrise. We sure are feeling spoiled with the weather and conditions.
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Frost
Frost on the tender this morning.
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Huvudskar
Huvudskar aglow in the morning sun—what a fabulous anchorage.
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Calm
Conditions are especially calm this morning—the water surface is hardly ruffled.
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Cellina
Our first cove-mate since arriving in Sweden. As is the custom here, the occupants of Cellina moored with a stern anchor and the bow close to shore so they could disembark. We’re wondering why this style is so popular in Sweden, whereas stern-tying is more popular in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps the Swedish approach alleviates the need for a tender to reach shore?

Update: We’re told this is the primary reason. This approach only works well in places like the Baltic with little tidal range.

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Evening
A late evening meal at Huvudskar with the cockpit aglow in the setting sun.
4/19/2019
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Dawn
Dawn at Huvudskar. What am amazing place.
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Dometic Passport I/O
We were interested in changing thermostats for our reverse cycle heating and cooling system. What we were hoping to do is to find a generic thermostat that supports an IR remote but he ran into two problems: 1) most “smart” thermostats no longer use IR and instead have Android and IOS apps that interact with cloud services (not a great solution for a boat), and 2) the Dometic thermostats are very proprietary designs where both the control board mounted at the HVAC unit and the wall mounted thermostat are paired. Dometic does have a IR remote capable thermostat the SMXir and this would be a nice solution. But, installing it requires changing all 5 control boards at each HVAC unit and all five thermostats. This is a bit of work but what really slows us down is that it would cost over $1,500. It just doesn’t seem worth it so we’re not going to follow through on that one. Let us know if you know a solution that would be compatible with the Dometic Passport I/O system.
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Bow Ladder
Its Saturday, and more boats are arriving. This one caught our attention with its custom ladder mounted off the bow, allowing the person to step off easily and tie a line ashore (click image for a larger view).
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Alandsskar
Ashore on Alandsskar looking back at our anchorage. That’s a pumpout just offshore from our tender.
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Seascape
The seascape around Huvudskar is really beautiful.
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Antenna Mount
Jennifer standing on one of several cement pillars. They appear to be guywire mounts for a large antenna mast.
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Lighthouse
Looking east across Alandsskar to the lighthouse and beyond.
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Another Boat
Another boat, tucked into a nook and bow-tied.
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Touring
Out touring in the tender. The temperature has shot up to 49°F (9.4°C), warm enough we don’t need a hat or gloves.
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Evening Sun
The evening sun lighting up a late-afternoon arrival who picked up one of the Swedish Cruising Club buoys.
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Moonrise
Moonrise over the anchorage at Huvudskar.
Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.

On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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