Autumn is here, winter is fast approaching, and wintering is already in full swing in many places. Owners who do not yet have a winter storage space on land in a hall or an outdoor storage facility could face a problem. Because many winter camps are currently fully booked, the waiting lists are long.
A winter in the water as an alternative?
So it's no wonder that more and more owners in this country come up with the idea of simply leaving their ship in the water for a winter. After all, this has also been practiced for a long time in other European countries such as the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Climate change as a catalyst?
In addition, the last winters were very mild. The last one made it to second place in this country, the warmest since the beginning of the climate record in 1881. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania it was even the warmest ever. The German Weather Service spoke of a "total failure of winter" in its evaluation. Not a single frost day was counted in List on Sylt - but 45 days with at least wind force eight.
Good planning before making a decision
A winter in the water needs to be carefully considered - and above all well planned. How does the ship have to be prepared for this? What needs to be clarified with the insurance company? Who checks regularly, especially in frost and storm, after the ship at the jetty when the owner lives hundreds of kilometers away? And above all: In which ports is it even possible to overwinter in the water on the North and Baltic Sea coasts?
Tips, port overview and prices
A lot speaks for a winter in the water, but also a lot against it. In the new YACHT 22/2020 you will find tips on the subject. A large overview of 21 ports on the North and Baltic Sea coasts reveals where yachts can stay at the jetty even in the coming cold season, what infrastructure is available where and what the free storage in the water costs.