Friday, April 29, 2016

Shatoosh Gets a New Name

Hobbit is her name. "We named her Hobbit because she is small, faithful and will take us on epic adventures". Mike and Donna June have been hard at work doing a re-do of Shatoosh. I'm just now getting some pictures. Their long awaited launch is upcoming and I'm hoping to get to see her at some point. I'm so excited for them and Hobbit. They hail out of Hood Canal so keep an eye out for her and introduce yourselves to them.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The End of an Era

Mike, the new owner came over to my condo yesterday and retrieved the last remaining odds and ends of Shatoosh and Pashmina. I gifted more of my personal books and put lots of items on his thumb drive. His granddaughters, Charlotte and Gabbie got their fair share of goodies.

It is so wonderful that they are already using the boats, crabbing and cruising. Mike will make sure that he brings Shatoosh up to another level of care which will give her a new lease on life. All of this makes me very happy.

In December 1999, I wrote on a small piece of paper. It said,"I want an older fiberglass diesel powered cruiser. One that I can run and jump on and go anywhere I want to at a moment's notice." The next day I found my boat and almost 15 years later, she fulfilled all my dreams and created many unsuspecting Adventures that were beyond my imagination.

There were so many crew, so many guests, so many faceless blog readers, so many mentors along the way that I could never list them all, but my heart is very grateful for all who planted seeds into the nooks and crannies of my my mind, for all who joined me along my routes and all that sat in their armchairs and read the blog. I thank you all for making the Adventures of Shatoosh and Pashmina a very fun and important time in my life. It was a fantastic run.

Since selling the boats, the blog continues work its miracles among Albin owners. I will let John Stokes in Georgia post his own story on his blog. John lost his tablet, another man found it and it had been run over by a vehicle, but there was enough life left in it for the man to see my blog and John's blog. I was able to give contact information and they all met for coffee, the dead tablet was returned and John has a new friend and the new friend will be getting a boat ride on Ms Bettencourt in the near future. Blogging is such fun when you own an Albin 25. If you don't have one you better buy one.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Faceless Blog Readers FBR

Rick and Heidi Armstrong are new to Albins since buying one last November and have been reading this blog. They live on the Hood Canal. We finally met today and had a lovely lunch at Rock the Dock Bar and Grill. They keep their Albin on a buoy out in front of their house. Welcome to the Albin Family! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shatoosh and Pashmina Sold

Today marks a historic event. Mike and Donna June have become the new owners. They have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Michigan and have been avid sailors. Today, they took the helm and were last seen headed for Penrose State Park. Their granddaughters, Charlotte and Gabbie were on board and had picked their berths in the aft cabin, the galley was full of goodies, a crab pot was seen in the belly of Pashmina, Hira had left a library full of wonderful books to read and good tiding and blessings were had by all. They will take a few days to find their way to the Hood Canal where Shatoosh and Pashmina will be berthed at Pleasant Harbor.

I am so excited for them as they are well qualified to care for these classic boats. Let's welcome them to the Albin Family and perhaps we all can be reading a newer version of The Adventures of Shatoosh and Pashmina....stay tuned.

pic collage by Jean Ferris

Charlotte makes her debut.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Shatoosh and Pashmina For Sale

I have been showing Shatoosh and Pashmina on a regular basis with a rather low key advertising approach. Now, I have decided that I would rather sell her sooner than later, so that I can move on to other aspects of  my life. My selling price is now reduced to $20,000. I can furnish a detailed inventory for interested parties. Now on craig's list.

Call or email me for appointment. Berthed in the Foss Harbor Marina, Tacoma, WA.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Update on SV Storm Bay

I met Chris and Margie several years ago as Storm Bay was crossing the Columbia River Bar and I was crossing from Ilwaco, Wa to Astoria. Storm Bay hails out of Hobart, Tasmania. We have stayed in touch over the years as they have cruised to Mexico, Galapagos Islands and Chile. Thursday, March 12, 2015 they rounded Cape Horn with good weather and calm seas, while the day before had 80 mph winds. Their next stop are the Falklands. Fair winds and blessings go to them.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

World Wide Albin 25 Locator

A new service has come out of the Albin 25 Club in Sweden. You may post your location of your Albin 25 on a world wide map. This is a wonderful addition to link our global positions of all our boats. Thank you Bjorn for letting me know about this.

World Wide Albin 25 Locator