The fact that the Mediterranean and northern Europeans are different is a fact and is also reflected in pleasure boating. From the saloons of Düsseldorf (taking what visitors like from the high latitudes) and Helsinki (considering that here the Nordics play at home) it is clear that we attract different boats. Let’s see the 6 strangest ones… for us Mediterranean!
Here’s how the “Vikings 2.0”
The round boats
If your goal is to float while waiting for a fish to catch and your movements are slow and reduced to a minimum, why don’t you do the Ultraskiff? Of course, if you had to rely on the name, you would imagine something as sharp as a razor. Whether you’re sailing or rowing, skiffs are tight and fast tools. But in the north they think differently. The Ultraskiff is, in fact, round like a doughnut with an armchair in the middle, with peaks, roosters and bottle racks everywhere and with a strictly electric outboard chair. 1.80 metres in diameter, 60 kg in weight and produced in polyethylene (and therefore totally recyclable) on a rotating mould. www.ultraskiff.com
It was supposed to be called a hovercraft once. Now Wind Rose, a Russian company, prefers to call them aero-boat. Water, snow, swamp, icy ground, the aero-boat knows no obstacles. Usually, they have a camouflage livery, partly because they are used for hunting and fishing, and partly because they are much more in James Bond style, from Russia with love. Since it is for a secret agent to suffer when he is not in the hands of the enemies, the cabin is insulated and heated. Produced in five models for different loading needs or embarkation passengers. Ah, from good action film means they travel hard, up to over 70 knots on ice and 60 on water. www.aero-lodki.ru
Catamarans? No, pontoons
There are all sorts of them, from those for work to those for landing, from those for parties to those to bring grandmother with the walker. Scandinavians objectively use the boat much more than the Mediterranean. Finland, Norway and Sweden have 148, 157 and 75 boats for every 1000 inhabitants respectively, the fourth country is Holland with 30. In Italy we have just under 10 boats for every 1000 citizens. But Scandinavian pleasure boating is also a practical way of getting to your holiday home, which is on the island or just a few minutes away by boat, or to get to the other side of the fjord faster, etc. When the boats with the bow open are almost a necessity, certainly a comfort. Then there are those who take advantage of it and make the luxury versions such as the Sylvan Marine model. www.sylvanmarine.com
Aluminum, in all places in all lakes
For northern Europeans the boat is made of aluminium. The dinghy is not because it is wet. It doesn’t matter if they go around with boats 20 cm high from the surface of the water and who produces rib has realized means that have arrived from one side of the ocean to the other leaving the pilot indoors and dry. Beliefs count in this more than facts. The boat that wins the hearts of the “Vikings 2.0” must have the beautiful welds in sight, maybe some detail with the carbon look and elements such as the hand holds with bright colors. Then choose the shape as you like: open, cabin, pontata, the usual pontoon, but the classification of materials does not change: metals, then plastic and finally rubber.
Glassfibre? No, polyethylene
They are recyclable and cost little because they are made on rotational moulds: you put inside the polyethylene in balls and while the mold turns it heats up to make it adhere to the liquefied polyethylene shape you want. They are unsinkable and very resistant to shocks and require minimal maintenance. However, they have a problem: they can’t get rid of the air of poor relatives because of their plastic appearance. At this point the question is this: do you want the boat to use it or to show you? The Nordics have little doubt about this and, in fact, more and more manufacturers are offering polyethylene boats such as the Norwegian Pioneer (http://www.whaly.com/) or the Dutch Whaly (www.whaly.com). The typology? As it seems to you, from the usual pontoon to any boat you can think of, including canoeing and pedal boats.