But then there’s the view from a sailboat.
The Swedes leave the water around August 15, leaving it empty and moderately priced for the latter part of the summer.
There are nice southerly winds at 5-10 knots, warm days with impossibly blue skies punctuated by slow-drifting squalls, and cool lazy nights.
Red-sided, barn-roofed villages dot the larger islands, docks and electricity, a restaurant to discover or a shop to explore. Others have a shoulder of rock and deep silent forest beneath blazing stars.
We book through Boat Charter Stockholm, an outstanding group with well-maintained new boats at good prices. Then we gather a group of friends, food, drink, a couple of decks of cards, and a vague idea of where to go. And we take life as it comes, sailing, cooking, navigating, exploring for long days of total vacation.