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.