Henån is a locality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It is home to approximately 2,000 permanent all year residents with a significant increase of city living summer residents who come and stay in their summer cottages, frequently passed down for generations.
In 1850, Henån became of the first swimming resorts in Sweden. People from Gothenburg, Alingsås and other inland cities and towns came to stay with locals to enjoy the warm summer waters in the ocean.
There is a magnificent legacy of boat building on Henån which still lives on amongst the residents.
While most of the smaller traditional boat building shops have since long closed down, the legacy has evolved into some of the most spectacular and beautiful yacht manufacturers in the world.
With brands like Najad, Hallberg-Rassy, Malö and Regina af Vindö the craftsmanship lives on.
To ensure the skills are passed on to new generation, Henån is home to the one of the most reputable boat building schools in Scandinavia.
Orust Båtbyggarskola is a college program with focus on boat building.
Henån is truly the sailing centre of the Swedish west coast, with unique, sheltered waters practically all the way to Norway.
This gives the sailor the choice of sailing inshore and even if it this sometimes means shallow waters it also means avoiding hard sea.
Nautical charts (paper and digital) are very exact and navigation marks frequent, which makes sailing easier.
On the way out from Henån you pass several islets, islands and other boats. The coast is well known for its many natural harbours, accessible thanks to the “Allemansrätt” (the right of public access to nature) and also due to the lack of tide.
The area provides plenty of overnight harbouring, but remember to arrive early during the high season, especially when sailing a larger yacht.