Of the 5 winters we hauled Shanti, we spent 3 of them at Washburn Marina. This is a full service marina with a terrific staff of people (and one awesome dog)! With our (seemingly never-ending) list of projects, several fell outside our “comfort zone”. We also worked full time in Minneapolis, so our time was limited to weekends only. Because of that, we asked the marina for help with many of our projects. To date they have installed a new fuel tank, repaired our fiberglass holding tank, installed a new head and hoses, put in new transducers, installed a new windlass, and repaired some blistering we had on our boot stripe. The quality of their work is amazing. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing any type of boat work done. You can see more of their work on their website: Click Here
They also went out of their way to ensure we could work on Shanti when needed. The marina isn’t typically open on weekends throughout the winter, so they would make special trips to unlock the building whenever we wanted to work on Shanti. We cannot express enough our appreciation for their graciousness and willingness to help us like they did. They truly went above and beyond to make us feel welcome at their marina, even though we were only “winter guests”.
This is also where we will set off on our “big adventure”. In the spring of 2017, we will depart from here for our journey to Maine. Our cruise will take us across 4 of the 5 Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario), down the St. Lawrence River and Seaway, through the Northumberland Strait and down the coast of Nova Scotia, finally crossing the Bay of Fundy to land in Eastport, Maine. See the Our Journey page for more details.