Meet a Local –Per Karlsson Owner of Evert’s Boathouse

Evert’s Boathouse was built in the 19th century and has recently been refurbished with several unique objects and details. The boathouse is located in Gröndemad, close to Grebbestad in West Sweden, and is the starting point for all excursions they offer.

Per Karlsson at the Boathouse. Photo: Mikael Almse

Evert’s Boathouse provides their visitors with fantastic experiences, both when it comes to nature and cuisine. Grebbestad is famous for their delicious seafood and you can try everything from lobster and oyster safaris to fishing excursions from Evert’s Boathouse. The Boathouse will also cook what you fish during your excursion, so that you can end your exciting day with fresh lobster and a dip in the hot tub – if you please.  Another option is to enjoy the seafood on the boat while you experience the west coast archipelago.

Evert’s Boathouse activities are all approved by “Naturens Bästa” (literally translated as Natures Best), a stamp that ensures that the activities are eco-friendly.  They were one of the first ones working with the sea to get approved. Their whole business idea is based on being eco-friendly and they are very aware of how to handle oysters and lobsters correctly.

Fresh Caught Lobster. Photo: Jonas Ingman

Per Karlsson owns Evert’s Boathouse together with his brother Lars Karlsson. They grew up together in Grebbestad and are passionate about showing visitors all that West Sweden has to offer.  Per is also crowned the food ambassador of Bohuslän, and aids in show casing Sweden’s many culinary aspects.

Per used to be a carpenter and owned a furniture store for many years with his brother Lars. They then sold the furniture and bought the boathouse together, for their own use. Per took a sabbatical year and enjoyed fishing lobsters and oysters. He found that the sea was the only place he could truly relax. Then idea then came to them, that it would be great to bring guests with them out on the sea!  The brothers were the first ones to offer lobster safari and now they have been doing to for 10 years.  Half of Sweden’s lobster comes from Grebbestad and about 90% of its oysters!

At Sea near Grebbestad. Photo: Henrik Trygg

Speaking of oysters, the annual Nordic Championship in Oyster Opening will soon be taking place, as we mentioned in our previous blogpost. The 3rd and 4th of May one can enjoy a riveting seafood weekend filled with excitement and entertainment, as well as the best oysters in the world! Commonly, oysters are a luxurious delicacy paired with champagne, but in Grebbestad they are enjoyed with locally brewed porter beer!

Delicious Oysters. Photo: Lars Ardarve

If you happen to be attending the Nordic Championship in Oyster Opening, take the chance and stop by Evert’s Boathouse where Per and his brother offer oyster opening and tasting classes from their boathouse. Also, Per and and his brother have started buidling guesthouses next to the boathouse, so that up to 12 people can spend the night!

A Newly Opened Oyster. Photo: Mikael Almse

Per himself strongly recommends the oyster safari as it is a truly unique experience, whether you are an oyster expert or a beginner! The oysters in West Sweden are especially delicious as they grow slowly in the cold, clean, water.  Also, if you are interested in other types of shellfish Evert’s boathouse offers clams, lobsters, crayfish and shrimp safaris throughout the year.

View from Inside the Boathouse. Photo: Henrik Trygg






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