Because of the low water level in Lake Constance, the first boats have to be brought ashore from the harbors, especially on the western shore. “We’ve been out of the water constantly for 14 days,” said the harbor master of the municipality of Moos (district of Constance), Martin Graf.
“Actually, we don’t have any boats lying where they should.” Around a third of the boats at the approximately 400 berths have either been relocated or taken out of the water. “Water levels are this low from time to time, but not usually at this time of year.”
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On the island of Reichenau, too, the first boat owners were again stranded before the summer holidays in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria had begun.
About 50 of the more than 260 boats in the island’s harbor were taken out of the water because they would otherwise run aground, said harbor master Franz Egenhofer. Many owners are upset.
Those who have to look for another berth for the boat because of the low water currently have bad cards. “We currently have many boat owners from other ports who have to get out there because the draft is no longer sufficient,” said a spokeswoman for the largest port on Lake Constance, the ultramarine marina in Kressbronn.
The situation there is not so problematic because the harbor basin, as a former gravel pit, is quite deep. “Unfortunately, we are full ourselves and have to refuse these requests.”
At the end of the week, the lake level in Konstanz was less than 3.30 meters, according to the Baden-Württemberg State Office for the Environment. This is only around ten centimeters away from the seasonal record for low water.