Skudeneshavn

Skudeneshavn is a picturesque town with a long historical connection with the sea. The old town has windy cobbled streets and pretty rose gardens tucked into nooks and crannies between wooden houses. The guest harbour is right in the middle of the town and and the approach in to the inner harbour takes you past old warehouses and active wharfs that make the town so distinctive.

Facilities

The boat club has showers, sinks, washing and drying machines. Toilets are located in separate buildings- if you are on the west side there are in a building behind the boat club, on the east side there are toilets in a small white building set back from the quay.

Electricity and water are available, but not at all berths.  The small quay has a lovely BBQ area with picnic tables and BBQs ready to go.

The town has a supermarket (Kiwi), pharmacy, chandlers and boat shops, lots of cafes, art galleries, antique shops for all your shopping needs.

Approach

The guest harbour is in the Northern most area of the harbour, in the bay behind Holmen.  There are two approaches to Skudeneshavn.

From the East you can approach past the stunning Skudenes Light marking the headland at the SE tip of Karmøy.  The approach is through the narrow channel markers at Bell Rock,  heading NW. Keep this heading past Steiningsholmen and Holmen before heading round the corner and into the main guest harbour (marked below with the orange marker).

From the W it is a little more convoluted, the approach is well mark- but a good look at the chart is required. Assuming you approach from the S of Geitungen Light then the safe approach is marked by lining up either Steiningsodden light (G) and the Skudeneshavn Molo light (W) (bearing 7.2 deg), or Skagaskeret (R) and  Skudeneshavn Molo light (W) (bearing 323.43 deg). This takes you to the entrance of the breakwater. From there pass to the SE of Steiningsholmen,  keeping clear of the rocks marked to the S of the channel, then turn NW behind the island and follow around to the guest harbour.

Moorings

The guest berths in Skudeneshavn are located on the wooden jetty protruding from the club house, here you can get power and are close to the club house. There are also berths around the edge of Selvåg (except for outside the bar/restaurant).  It can get busy so be prepared to raft up.

What to do ashore

Skudeneshavn is a pretty, historical town which is worth an explore, you can find plenty of antique/tat shops and little galleries to explore in the old cobbled streets. There is also a museum  (closed on Saturdays) and a range of activities such as guided tours organised in the summer.

The harbour is a focal point of the town, and plays host to concerts during summer weekends.   A date worth noting is the Skudeneshavn Boat Festival where the harbour fills with historical boats.  There are plenty of other festivals and events on, see here for more details.