Penny and Mike in the cockpit.

We own a stout little boat called an Albin 25. Albin 25's are great little boats with enough room for four good friends to go cruising together. They were built in Sweden in the 1970s and are powered by diesel engines. They are very economical to run - travelling at about 7 knots and burning about 3 litres per hour.

Skol at Anchor

Our Albin is called SKOL. We have owned SKOL since 2004. We keep her tied up at a marina in Nanaimo and go out in her all year round. The improvements we have made include new upholstery, carpet, canvas, holding tank, wiring, fridge, stovetop, espar heater, radio, gps, zodiac dinghy, and a fishing downrigger. We even hav a small portable generator - just in case.

Newcastle Trail.

Often we just motor over to Newcastle Island Marine Park and go for a walk around the island.

We have taken a cruise on SKOL every year since we bought her. In 2005 we went Desolation Sound. In 2006 we cruised around the Gulf Islands and Victoria. In fall of 2007 we returned to the Gulf Islands and went down into the San Juan Islands in Washington State. In fall 2008 we spent more time in the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands and then headed south towards Puget Sound. We also took multi-week cruises in 2009 2010 , 2011 , and 2012 . The distances were not great - but we had a great time.

When we visited Sweden in 2007, we saw many, many Albins.

Albin in Lake Maleren

Here is an Albin in Lake Maleren in Stockholm.


The basic design for the Albin 25 is a main forward cabin, a cockpit, and aft cabin. Since all Albin 25s are about 40 years old or more, most have had many modifications made to them. This is part of the fun!

Our Albin, SKOL, was built in 1975 and her number is 1775. Although we have made many improvements, we have kept the canvas top (slightly remodelled) and retained the original layout.

Table - V Birth

The main cabin includes the anchor locker in the bow, the v birth (a sitting area which converts into a double bed), the galley (a counter, sink, stove top and storage lockers) and the head (toilet, sink and a holding tank).


The cockpit includes the steering station, seating area for 4 - 5 people, fridge, navigation equipment, and lockers for storing ropes, bumpers, fishing gear, tools, and cleaning equipment. Since we still have a canvas cover, the cockpit can be open to the weather - like the cockpit in a traditional sailboat.

Aft Cabin

The aft cabin includes 2 more births. The births extend under the seats on each side of the cockpit. It is also possible sleep crossways in the aft cabin.

There is always lots to learn and do when we're boating - navigating and plotting our course; using the GPS, shortwave radio, and depth sounder; exploring new places; anchoring and tieing up safely; watching the changing weather; keeping track of tides and currents; following the "rules of the road;" trying to catch fish; swimming off the swim grid; rowing or motoring in the dinghy. Mike even learned how to knit when we were cruising in 2008.

Boating is great way to keep on doing lifelong learning.

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