I fled here when a north westerly gale was forecast and it’s hard to imagine a more sheltered marina. Even before the approach you feel like you’ve left the sea behind and the reedy channel in, lined with casually tied up wee speedboats, looks almost impossibly narrow (see photo below). It’s not though and despite the reeds it seems to be deep enough for just about anything.
There were a lot of quite big yachts in when I was there. This is a proper marina with stern buoys and theoretical showers, if you can run the gauntlet of the mass of paunchy, sweating Finns subjecting themselves to the sauna. It’s attached to a restaurant and in July there was quite a family holiday atmos, with a playground for the hordes of rampaging sprogs (ed. note: sprogs = children).
It’s quite a long (over 5 mile) cycle to the nearest shops at Kustavi. The countryside round about is agricultural and pleasant enough, without being stunning. Actually the farming landscape made quite a pleasant change in the Baltic, where agriculture always seems to be treated as an anachronistic throwback to the days before it was realised that food production was unnecessary and anti-eco.
Locate Parattula on the map and find more adjacent harbours and marinas here.
More information on Parattula (better known as Laura Peterzen’s) can be found from: www.guestharbours.fi
Disclaimer. While Martin Edge and Sail in Finland have taken every precaution to ensure that the information in this post is correct, it is not a replacement for proper charts. Safe navigation is the responsibility of the skipper and Sail in Finland assumes no responsibility for accidents occurring while entering or leaving the harbour.