ALBATROSS

Boat Type: Nordhavn 40
Owners: Bill & Cindy Roush
Club: Southwestern YC
Built: 1999

Favorite Cruising Destination
Other than Southern California which is our home, we both choose Mexico and Central America as our favorite destinatioHaving an adopted daughter from Guatemala, we have researched this destination and want to spend a long time in Guatemala via the Panama Canal. Our goal at present is to transit the ICW to the Northeast, year 3. And maybe do the Great Loop. So as you can read ” we have no plan and we are sticking to it”. Traveling has been one of our priorities. It has allowed us to experience numerous cultures. Alot to see and so little time.

Favorite Boating Experience
Sailing from Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad on a friend’s Catalina 36 during Christmas break. Our son, Josh was in college at the time and went with us. We explored several anchorages and enjoyed the camaraderie of other cruisers. The warmth, the people and simplicity of this trip encouraged us to start this new adventure.

About the Crew
William Chris Parsons (Chris) and Laurence Marie-Christine Georges (Lolo): are a couple from San Pancho, Nayarit. Chris was an IT Professional who worked with Cindy for 15 plus years. He has always had a passion for Mexico. He has toured over 9000 miles through out Mexico including Baja. He now resides as a permanent resident of Mexico where he is now dedicated to both his photography and the noble profession of beach bum. Lolo was born in Paris, France. Lolo opened a restaurant in San Pancho specializing in French/Spanish fusions. Chris became her best customer. Both look forward to sharing their experience and forming friendship with the Cubar gang.

Craig Tannahill: Currently owns a Nordic Tug 37. He is a member of Oceanside Yacht Club. Craig has been boating since his early years. He has taken his boat, “Tug This” to St. Francis Yacht Club’s Tinsley Island to participate in the Stag Cruise which he has attended some 25 years. Craig and his wife Blythe cruised the Delta last year prior to bringing their boat back to Oceanside.

What’s in a Name
We liked the name on the boat we purchased so we kept it.

Reason to Buy This Boat
Our goal is to cruise to the East Coast via the canal. For this we knew and wanted a trawler. We met a couple cruising a Nordhavn 46 and loved their boat. This motivated us to to fly up to Anacortes to check out a Nordhavn 46, Kadey Krogen 42s and Nordic Tugs 37 & 42s. The N-46 and the KK-42 became our short list. One day out of the blue we decided to check out a Nordhavn 40 and fell in love with the boat. We were hooked and bought her.

Previous Boats Owned
Catalina 30
Coronado 41
Catalina 27
Ericson 35 MKII
Ericson 38-200
Beneteau 423

Interest in CUBAR
I crewed on the Baja Ha Ha in 2009. I loved the event. It was well organized and I enjoyed meeting all the different cruisers. Cindy and I believe that by participating in the CUBAR we will meet some new life long friends. Hopefully a couple of boats will be heading our way south. We are members of Southwestern Yacht Club and have met Bruce a couple of times. His stories are inspiring and memorable.

Boating Story
Boat shows will get you every time. In 2012 we went to the San Diego boats show. We sat on a 44 foot Catalina (sailboat) and my wife said she could go cruising in this boat. The green light went on. So we purchased a Beneteau 423 and signed up to do the Baja Ha Ha in 2013. But due to a family illness we were unable to go. We are members of SWYC and most of our friends own power boats. My wife was always elbowing me on how nice these power boats are. Of course as sailor all my life I kind of ignored the urge. Then once again we go to another San Diego boat show in 2016. This time we find our way to a Selene 43. What a beautiful trawler. On the boat was a book written by the previous owners. It is call the “Big U”. The book is about their adventures of taking this Selene 43 from Alaska to Maine through the canal. Cindy said I would like to do this — cruise from San Diego through the canal to the East Coast. So the green light once again went on. We bought Albatross a Nordhavn 40. We are on our way.

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