Cruising Notes

It seems that everyone and their dog are writing websites that have either lovely pictures of their trips (leaving you to try and guess the names of the person who keeps popping up in every second snapshot), or serve as pilots for the areas. Given that their are enough of these websites already, and given that the nature of this website seems to be contrarian with respect to other sailing websites, we decided to post information that would make a difference to people actually sailing there. Unusual customs or conventions, differences in buoyage, charting standards, prices associated with services, availability of parts and service. In the case of less traveled areas, such as the Baltic, we have given more detail as the availability of printed information (at least in English) is somewhat limited. As we have come to increasingly depend on the Internet for both communication and weather information we have tried to list where we found internet access in our visited harbours – especially those facilities that allowed diskettes to be used so that GRIB weather files and others could be downloaded and brought back to the boat.

Our cruising was on 2 boats, both called Maringret. Those cruising periods were separated by 12 years. Given that our first cruising was in the region of the Baltic, and those countries were exiting the former Soviet bloc and preparing to join the EU, the changes in those regions have been very extensive. While we were in the Baltic States, they were sometimes building the new marinas around where we moored. They were knock on the hull to let us know that we now had water, then we had electricity.

It was interesting to be there but we fully realise that there is no way the notes we compiled serve much more than a historical footnote. And maybe that footnote is to a period no one really wants to recollect.

But we think there is still a value to the pages – even if it is solely for nostalgia of the boats who went there before the marina culture moved in. Back when the next stop was a harbour with “dirty” “oily” working boats, not a full service marina filled with pleasure vessels.

Summer 2012 Western Baltic Logs

As Maringret cruised the Western Baltic and Limfjord after almost a decade absence from the Baltic waters.

Summer 2013 German Canals, and Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers

Maringret’s long season crossing Europe via the inland waterways to the Black Sea and Turkey.

Cruising Notes (2013 onwards)
Black Sea Overview Black Sea
Danube River Overview Danube River
France Inland Waterways (Mosel & Marne-Rhine Canal only) Germany Inland Waterways
Greece Luxembourg
Poland  Turkey

Also there is our page of links for cruising, click here

2000-2003 Logs [legacy]

Our harbour notes on: English Channel, Netherlands, Germany Coastal, Baltic, Norway, Northern Isles, Portugal, Spain

Note: these are cruising notes from 2003 and earlier – inevitably things have changed significantly!!! They should not be used for pilotage.


Legacy Cruising Notes (2000-2003)
Baltic States (Balticum) Overview Denmark
English Channel Estonia
Finland Germany Coastal Waters
Latvia Lithuania
Netherlands Northern Isles (Shetlands, Orkneys, Fair Isle)
Norway Portugal
Spain: Atlantic & Mediterranean, Gibraltar, Balearics Sweden coastal, Göta canal

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