Haul out at Port Townsend

Travel from Victoria to Port Townsend to haul out for Insurance Survey done by Jim Maupin. Soul Balladeer checked out well. A few important upgrades to the electrical system, fire extinguishers, Bilge Pump Systems, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, bow thruster zincs and many smaller items were accomplished.

Best Wishes Jim

Its official. Soul Balladeer is now owned by Jim Matei.

Denise and I sincerely wish you the best in your new adventure with Soul Balladeer Jim.

Thanks to those folks that have followed our little adventure these past years.

Here is the official key transfer that just took place. ūüôā


Take Care,

Shannon and Denise

Ballymack’s new Blog

I would like to take the time to thank everyone that has been following Soul Balladeer these past years. Hopefully some gained insight through our refit trials and tribulations. Never a dull moment comes to mind.

Jim will be keeping SB’s blog active and Denise and I have created our new Ballymack blog.

It is active now, however, we take ownership of Ballymack on July 2 2019.

Here is our new blog:


Fairwinds to all




Life happens when making plans

Well, this is one for the books. I have spent years getting Soul Balladeer ready mechanically for some serious cruising. This year, as I have posted in the past, SB was destined for an appointment at the beauty salon. Mechanically she is basically a new boat and this cosmetic makeover would have made her a sight to behold.

Along comes a new found friend named Jim. Jim is a great fellow who loves Hans Christians as much as I do. Jim also has a love of creating music, as do I, so we naturally hit it off.

Initially I was helping Jim find a Hans Christian 44 PH through my owner contacts throughout the world when conversations between Jim and I led me to consider releasing Soul Balladeer from my clenched hands to a very deserving and capable person. Jim is that guy.

Soul Balladeer is just the lady that Jim needs in his life right now. She will be with him for exciting times in the near future as Jim navigates his business that is woven into his ¬†other love…the ocean. I will leave Jim to expand on this as he will be taking over Soul Balladeer’s webpage in early July.

What will Denise and I be doing? Well…. once one has been bitten by the Hans Christian bug, it is difficult to pull away from the romance ( and yes, copius amounts of boat bucks), that come with ownership of these classic beauties.

So…As of July 2, 2019, Denise and I will take ownership of another Hans Christian. Her name is Ballymack and she is a HC 48T. ¬†She has good bones, she is a pretty mistress, and is a veteran Pacific Ocean crosser. ¬†I will be starting a new website and will post the link on Soul Balladeer’s website in early July.

We wish Jim the best with his mistress in the years to come of course.  We will be posting pictures of Soul Balladeer and Ballymack alongside at some point. In the meantime, here is a pic of Jim playing my axe on Soul Balladeer and a few teasers of Ballymack:








Well I’m going to bite the bullet and fork out a few boat bucks on a new tender.

We really liked the 11’7″ Boston Whaler that came with Soul Balladeer but she had her limitations. There wasn’t much freeboard ¬†with two passengers onboard unless of course you were on the ¬†step. She had a 30 hp 2 stroke Suzuki which I really admire mainly because it was bullet proof. It is old, not pretty but wow, she is an energizer bunny.

So, after much deliberation, we have decided to go with an AB Nautilus 12 ft RIB. With the upturned bow she will be dry most of the time and it allows us to mount a couple Scotty’s on her for fishing as well. ¬†She is fitted with a Yamaha 40 HP and has an integral aluminum fuel tank with 13 gals onboard. Wow! The existing davits will need just minor changes made in order to accommodate “Stella” on the Stern.

I’m having a Dragon Fly7 installed when I pick her up at the end of Feb and I’ve decided that we’ll get a trailer for her as well. This will give us more flexibility if we decide to go on a few day trips in the local area as well as keeping her covered in the garage when not in use.

We picked up two Mustang floater suits which hopefully will extend the runabout season as well.

Rock On.



Refit Phase 2

2019 will be an important year for Soulballadeer.

Here is a list of the upgrades/ repairs that will be undertaken starting in 2019 through to 2020.

Spring or Fall 2019:

  1. Bowsprit replaced with new vertical grain fir bowsprit.
  2.  Head sail roller furling installed ( Schaeffer 3000)
  3. Standing rigging replaced
  4.  Chainplates removed/ changed to Titanium
  5. FLIR ( 625M) installed on main spar
  6. UHD  Radar installed ( 4 ft array)
  7. AIS installed
  8. Spars unstepped, cleaned, polished, rewired.   LED lights installed on spars where applicable
  9. Spars restepped, any potential leaks dealt with
  10. Rig tuned
  11. New sails for Genoa, Main, Mizzen
  12. Andersen winches installed
  13. One electric winch installed on pilothouse roof for halyards etc.


Spring 2020

  1. Fuel tanks removed/ replaced with either aluminum or non permeable plastic. (no smell)
  2. Pilothouse helm renovated to allow 3, 12.1 Furuno MFD’s to be mounted below pilothouse windows unobstructing forward view from helm.
  3. Outer Teak decks pulled, reworked and glassed. (non skid)
  4. Hull and topsides painted
  5. Upgraded hydraulic steering ram ( 2nd autopilot installed)
  6. Interior pilothouse teak refurbished after fuel tank replacement
  7. Anchor electric length counter installed at pilothouse helm
  8. Aft cockpit binnacle installed with autopilot control, engine control, steering control ( already installed), Navigation/ FLIR/Radar MFD


By the end of 2020, Soulballadeer will be ready for some serious cruising and cruise we will. ūüôā




Safe Harbour


I wrote awhile back about how we have been busy this year . Busy is such an unassuming word. Using it implies that one¬†basically “got things done”. It does not, however, lend insight into what actually transpired while one “got things done”.

Every sailor that has plied the seas, has at one time or another, dreamed of reaching a safe harbour. These thoughts were perhaps more often than not, conjured up during an October gale as the sailors’ ship was racing down the face of a 30 foot wave.

“Oh, to be on solid footing, where ¬†waves can be heard crashing upon a distant shore”.

These two sailors decided to ensure that indeed, we do have a safe harbour to return to and that this would be our special place. Of course, it is close to the sea so that we may feel her energy during an autumn storm and the tranquility she provides on a calm summer evening.

Our safe harbour is partially complete as I write. Soul Balladeer waits quietly in her slip. She is loved. Soon we will venture forth, knowing that Soul Balladeer will provide safe haven until we reach our safe harbour.

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