Sunday, June 10, 2018

A New Blog for The New Owners of Shatoosh, Joyce and Phyllis

My friends Joyce and Phyllis who recently bought Shatoosh,aka, Hobbit are in the process of starting their own blog to document their adventures. While they live in Arizona, they are in British Columbia  getting some work done on Shatoosh for some summer and fall cruising.

The Blog is named The Continued Adventures of Shatoosh and the link is
At present their profile is up and soon coming will be their first posting. Stay tuned. Congratulations Joyce and Phyllis.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Adrift, the new movie about Tami Oldham Ashcraft

I'm going to the movies this week to see Adrift, the new movie about Tami Oldham. She wrote the book, Red Sky in Mourning. A real life adventure of being pitch poled from a hurricane in the south pacific ocean, jury rigging her sailboat and sailing it to Hilo Hawaii. Her story is moving, tragic and a testimony for what it takes to survive the savage sea.

I met Tami in Friday Harbor the fall of 1987. She was looking to finally buy a sailboat after healing from this traumatic event in her life. She bought my Sabra, a Swan 36 and later sold it to a lady in Port Townsend. We've lost track of Sabra.

I'll let you know what I think about the movie. I hope the film makers do it justice as the last boating movie I saw was Robert Redford's All is Lost, and it was a failure.

P.S. I saw the movie and thought it was really great; the hurricane scenes were terrifying, the sailing and sunsets were beautiful and many of the true facts were presented. It was portrayed as though her fiance survived the hurricane but later suggested it was her hallucination. Much of this segment was given more time than showing what Tami did to survive on her own. The other scenes not were not authentic was her diving off the boat to spear mahi mahi fish. One would never dive off your vessel to fish. You'd throw off your fishing line.

In a interview with Tami, she loved the movie and was pleased to have it finally made. Her dream came true. She was asked about the segment of her fiance living and she said she talked with him every day and he answered her. It was as though he was still alive. She seemed pleased.

Congratulations, Tami on a job well done.

A New Boat for Hira

Last fall I moved back to Lakewood Washington to my old hang out on Lake Louise. I've lived there numerous times in my life and this quite little lake is a fun place to live and go fishing. This spring I found the perfect little fishing boat for me. It is a Viking Waylander, flat bottom 8 feet length and 4 feet beam. Not much to look at, Army green and easy to row. My first trip out I caught a beauty of a trout. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you they stock the lake. Life is good.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A New Twist of Ownership

I have exciting news to report. It has been in the making for several months, but Shatoosh, my previous boat has been sold again and the new buyers are two of my friends Joyce and Phyllis from Arizona. Joyce who has crewed on Shatoosh while I had her in the Sacramento Delta, the Columbia River, the Pacific coastal waters of Washington, Puget Sound and British Columbia will confidently take the helm of Shatoosh. Phyllis is new to boating and excited to be part of a slow boat to everywhere.They are returning  her to the name of Shatoosh. They will trailer her up to British Columbia in April and will begin cruising the Salish Sea. Perhaps Joyce and Phyllis will begin a new blog. I'm really happy Shatoosh is back in our circle of friends and know she is champing at her dock lines to start cruising again. Its great to know someone you like who owns a boat.

Phyllis on the Left, Joyce on the Right

Departing Sacramento CA

Shatoosh settled into her Arizona storage space