A mini trip with a boat full of pirates

If you, like the Löthman family, have your boat in Sjötorp, adjacent to the Göta Canal, it’s only a matter of time before you go on your first canal journey. When the wooden sloop, just over 8 metres long, made its maiden voyage on the Göta Canal, the crew consisted of eleven people, six of them pirates.

Eddie Löthman and his wife Hanna own a summer house in Sjötorp, the place where the Göta Canal runs out into Lake Vänern. When the maiden voyage that they had been discussing for a  long time, finally happened, it became a so called ‘mini trip’ with the boat full of people.

“There were brothers and sisters, cousins and friends, children and adults. It was great fun. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best but we still decided to make this a pleasant little adventure.”

Eddie Löthman and his wife Hanna own a summer house in Sjötorp, the place where the Göta Canal runs out into Lake Vänern. When the maiden voyage that they had been discussing for a  long time, finally happened, it became a so called ‘mini trip’ with the boat full of people.

“There were brothers and sisters, cousins and friends, children and adults. It was great fun. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best but we still decided to make this a pleasant little adventure.”


 

A round-trip to Lyrestad
They went on a round-trip day trip to Lyrestad. According to Eddie, expectations weren’t very high but they were positively surprised by the canal.

“Mostly we just wanted to give it a try, going through locks and so forth. Even though we only went on a short trip, it was clear that a boat journey along the canal is very different from our regular boating holidays. There is more variation. New things happen almost all the time.”

A pleasant time at the lock
As they neared the first lock, anxiety spread, at least amongst the adults of the crew. No one on the boat had gone through a lock before. However, it all went very well, without any incidents.

“The staff at the lock were very friendly, gave us good tips and followed us all the way through. So, going through the lock was no problem at all, actually. More to the contrary, it became a positive experience. You help each other on the boat and you get close to other people with whom you can chatter.

Made for families
At one of the locks, one of the youngest children began playing pirates. Ian, five years old, steered the boat whilst the others chanted and jumped around. Later on, the children disembarked and raced the boat to the next lock.

“Travelling on the Göta Canal seems like a great idea for families. You never know what you will experience next and going through the locks gives families challenges to solve together. If you would like to experience a lot of bonding activities I can absolutely recommend the Göta Canal”, enthuses Eddie and his son Viggo agrees:
“It was fun. You get to see a lot more, unlike the sea where it’s just water everywhere.”

 

A maiden voyage that left a taste for more
The maiden voyage, just over four hours long, will not be the last. The family have already begun planning their next trip. “Then we’ll be going a bit further, maybe to Lake Vättern and back. I think we will take more time, stop here and there, eat good food and just enjoy a great time together.”

Eddie Löthman’s best tips
“Don’t fret about going through the locks. It is absolutely nothing to worry about. The staff at the locks will take good care of you. But it’s good to bring a proper boat hook.

“Bring good shoes. Walking alongside the Göta Canal is really nice.”
“Lyrestad, our final stop, is cosy. Take a visit to the café and the interior design shop.”

 

The Löthman family and the six pirates travelled on the “Göta Canal Mini Cruise” ticket