Summer at the cottage has come to an end. It’s time to take the family’s country boat to Hwasar in Westfold for the season. But this year a boat registration should give Marianne Juell Skaug and her family a shock.
Everything in the underwater boat was completely covered in a layer several centimeters thick of seaweed, shells and marine plants.
– In my decades here, I have never experienced anything like this. It was an incredible sight, a surprised boat owner tells DinSide.
– It is common for some growth to stick to the underwater part of the crust. But this turned out to be a five-centimeter layer of various growths, a whole marine universe. Even small shrimps found shelter here, says the surprised boat owner.
Now, Marianne Juell Skaug wonders, the wild growth may be due to the unusual summer that passed. There have been several floods, of which the extreme weather “Hans” was the worst.
– The entire Oslofjord was completely blackened by silt brought by the rivers. This, along with other pollutants, may have contributed to or caused the whole thing, the boat owner says.
During the summer, the boat rests on a private board in Hvasser in the municipality of Færder (formerly Tjøme) at a depth of one and a half meters.
– We noticed that the boat was going slower than usual. Now at least we see why. There’s a whole nautical party under the boat, and a real job awaited when the boat was picked up.
With high-pressure washers, the task of removing the layer upon layer of growth that had settled on the crust was expedited.
– Now there’s a whole carpet of shells on the lawn here, says Marion Juel Skag.
A rare case
The local marina has also had a few similar incidents this summer. But it is still rare.
– Sometimes we see something like this, usually because the boat has not been used for a long time. We have two such boats that we will be taking in this fall, says Marius Rezin at Meadow Marina in Havasar.
— There may be local conditions which indicate a great difference in the degree of growth which clings to boats.
But the experienced rower points to other reasons for the problems.
– The color of the substrate also plays a role. Our experience is that a light substrate produces more growth than a dark one. With the fact that the boat is not used much, it can produce a large flourish of reeds and other growth in a short period of time. Shallow water and good sun conditions are ideal, not for the boat owner, but for underwater plants, says Resin.
– This summer we were away from the cabin for a few weeks and then the boat was used sparingly. But I don’t know if that’s the whole reason, concludes Marianne Juel Skag.
For documentation. Marianne Jewell Skag is the mother of an employee of Aller Media, which owns Talkblade and Tinside.
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