What comforts do you offer on board?
Our boats are equipped with six comfortable berths, divided into three or four separate spaces/cabins. If you stay overnight you are offered a cupboard to store your things. There is bedding for all overnight guests.
In the cabin there is, on our 34-36 feet boats, a table and comfortable seating for between six and eight persons.
Navigation equipment includes plotter, wind instruments, depth sounder, log and autopilot. You do get some opportunities to recharge a PC or a mobile phone, but most of all, nature is in charge here…
For further details about our boats, please take a closer look here!
How do I get to you in Dalarö?
To get to our harbour Askfatshamnen in Dalarö
By public transport: Take the commuter train from Stockholm City towards Nynäshamn and get off in Handen. Then take bus 839 towards Dalarö/Smådalarö and get off at Dalarö Torg. The journey takes about 70 minutes.
From the bus stop Dalarö Torg, cross the square with ICA behind you. At the other end of the square you will see Linnévägen. Follow that road to its end and carry straight on a footpath that ends in steps down to a large car park/marina. Follow the road along the canal on the left till you come to the harbour. Our boats are moored by the stone pier by the very end of the road. It takes around 5-7 minutes to walk from the bus stop.
By car: Drive from Stockholm along route 73 towards Nynäshamn. After about 20 km, exit onto route 227 to Dalarö. Carry on to the T junction after the bridge over the canal. Turn right towards Dalarö and then right again onto Askfatsvägen which leads to Askfatshamnen harbour. In the harbour you find a paid car park (fee around 50 SEK/day – make sure to pay your parking as there are regular controls). Note that some GPS systems show the wrong address for Askfatshamnen, so make sure to use these road directions.
After having parked, proceed by foot to the outermost pier where you find our boats. If you have a lot of luggage you can drive all the way to the pier and unload there.
At Dalarö Torg (Dalarö Square), 7 minutes walk from the harbour, you find a supermarket, bank, ATM, pizzeria and health centre.
Please note that some tours may start from Svinninge marina and Åva, in the central and southern part of the archipelago.
Do you have bareboats for rent?
At the moment we do not have bareboats for rent.
Can I bring children onboard?
Children older than age 5 are welcome! Children must be looked after by accompanying adults onboard, not to get injured. I have life wests for children onboard, but you need to bring rainwear.
You are not allowed to bring more children under 15 than adults, due to the security onboard.
In connection with the new european GDPR Law, we hereby describe how we use and save personal information that you provide to us.
Vind o Vatten collects information on participants in the form of e-mail address, telephone number and age of any accompanying children in connection with notifications to sailing courses and sailing charters, and in some cases – when staying overnight on the ship where the shipowner is responsible if something happens to the participants – including social security numbers and special food requirements / allergies. If you are about to attend a sailing course, we ask for information about your previous sailing experience to ensure that you register for the right course. All personal data are kept password protected at Vind o Vatten and are never shared with any third party without expressed permission from the person concerned.
We save data from previous participants in our accounting program, as many of our customers are frequent. We also send out newsletters a few times a year to those who has shown interest in Vind o Vatten and to inform about upcoming events. The newsletters can easily be canceled if you no longer wish to receive information from us.
We have frequent contacts with customers via mail and / or sms in connection with reservation. These conversations are saved to be able to easily reconnect to previous customers. If you want to delete all previous history of your contact with us, tell us and we will of cause do so.
Do I need previous experience?
Not at all! You are welcome regardless of previous experience. If you wish, we will teach you the basics. Feel free to try out different tasks on board, as to be at the helm, to handle the sheets and to navigate. That will make your experience much more meaningful. We have been teaching beginners to sail since 1987!
For how long have you been in business?
Birgitta, the owner of Vind o Vatten, has cruised the archipelago of Stockholm since she was a child. As a skipper on her own boats, she has worked as a professional sailing instructor since 1987, starting after a long sailing voyage to the Caribbean. In 2006 she started her own business Vind o Vatten, focusing on sailing tours and private sailing courses for families and groups. Read more about her and the other skippers here. More info about Vind o Vatten is to be found here.
Booking and payment
How do I book and pay?
You book and pay most of our tours and courses via the booking system, which you find on each page of the website where the courses/tours are described. Once you have clicked on the BOOK NOW button and chosen your skipper, you can see our availabilities in the calendar. If you need assistance in making the booking, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help you! Payment is done by credit card or Swish (Swedish mobile payment system).
How do I use my gift card?
Your gift card will have a reference number. Refer to this number when you book your sailing tour.
Do I pay a booking fee?
You always make a full payment at the time of booking. 15% of the price is a booking fee which Vind o Vatten will keep if you cancel your booking (possible up to 30 days before the tour/course).
Can I change a booking that is already made?
Yes, if you add the rebooking guarantee when you make your reservation, you may rebook your tour or course up to 14 days before it takes place. The rebooking fee is valid for two summer seasons.
What to think about when I stay overnight onboard?
There are pillows, quilts and mattress pads on board, and you bring your own sheets and pillow cases, unless otherwise indicated. If you bring your sleeping bag, you should also bring a bed sheet. All berths have full length (2m).
How to dress and what equipment is needed?
Bring clothes according to the weather and a little more if it’s chilly. It is a good idea to bring a cap and a pair of gloves in spring and autumn. Bring comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes that do not rub off. During wet weather or high winds, it can be useful to have boots or waterproof shoes. Life jackets, sailing gloves and full rain gear are available on board in all adult sizes. Life jackets for children are provided, but we need to know your child’s weight in advance. You will need to bring waterproof clothing for children shorter than 155 cm. Remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen!
When you have made your booking, you will get a confirmation including a full list of what to bring.
Insurance and Cancellation
Do I need an insurance?
Every skipper has a charter insurance covering severe accidents and fatalities, and if you lose expensive equipment. We recommend that you have a valid accident insurance.
Can I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking up to 30 days before the tour or course takes place and get 85% of your money back.
You may also book a separate cancellation insurance at a cost of 6% of the event price. The cancellation insurance enables you to cancel up to the event date. The cancellation insurance applies if you get sick or have another serious impediment with short notice. Without cancellation insurance the paid-in contribution is not refunded. If you wish to book this insurance, which is provided by ERV insurances, use the link provided in the booking confirmation. This insurance is available only if you live in any of the Nordic countries. If you live in another country, we suggest you to find your own local cancellation insurance.
Do you cancel sailing in case of rain?
No. But we do have very good rain gear for everyone on board, so you will get a very special experience even if it’s raining!
Do you cancel sailing in case of heavy weather?
Sailing is an activity that is obviously affected by the weather – that’s the main idea. For the most part, the skipper can adjust the route and the sail area to the wind-force. But of course, if the wind blows so hard that it’s not possible to sail, you are offered to reschedule the tour to another date. Decision to reschedule is always made at a late stage, as weather reports can change with very short notice.