Our Little Ship
She is a beautiful young lady, born in Taiwan, just now entering the prime of her life. Known as a Hans Christian 38T, she is a trifle broad in the beam and a little on the heavy side, but her curves are delicious and pleasing to anyone with a discerning eye.
October 1978, she came into being at the Tamsui Taipei Hsien Yard and was shipped to Seattle.
January 1979, she was launched and the mast was stepped. She was christened “KRISTINE E” named after the owner’s wife Kristine Eskola Janke. They lived on board (2.5 years) at F dock in Shilshole Marina a few miles north of downtown Seattle until March 1981. During this time, their son was born in 1980.
June 1981, Kristine E was purchased by Ron and Cindy Edmonson who moved from Anchorage Alaska to live aboard her for 13 years at Eagle Harbour Marina on Bainbridge Island WA. Home port was changed to Anchorage Alaska because they regarded that as their home, having lived there for many years. In fact the Kristine E never actually sailed to Alaska. She was however sailed to Desolation Sound.
June 1994, Kristine E was purchased by Scott Lavalle and moved to Bellingham.
March 1996, purchased by Mike Davis and renamed CELEBRATION. They sailed her to her new homeport of Warrenton Oregon. Celebration was sailed to Victoria and the Gulf Islands during this ownership.
2005 (approximately) purchased by Zach Pratt, who moved the boat back Paulsbo WA.
His two little girls renamed the boat ARABELLA after the pirate princess, Arabella.
November 2010 purchased by Benjamin Dittbrenner when the Pratts moved to Hawaii.
July 2013 purchased by Karin and Tony who sailed Arabella to Victoria and imported her into Canada.
She currently has a slip in Hidden Harbour Marina, Victoria BC
Tons of work needs to be done to make her seaworthy, but she has “good bones” and the project is now underway!
July 2015 “Arabella” was de-named with King Neptune’s approval received after libations were poured into the ocean. “Mayaluga” was applied as a new name, and once again, with the approval of King Neptune and our family and friends who joined us at Hidden Harbour for the celebratory libations.
“Mayaluga” is a Swahili noun which describes “one who goes off over the horizon for an indeterminate period of time and doesn’t say exactly when they will return!”
Aft sleeping quarters
After 3 years of refurbishing “Mayaluga” leaves Victoria August 22, 2016, past Ogden Point for an extended trip to the South Pacific.
How Mayaluga enjoys the open ocean! This is what she was destined to do – ride the long lonely searoads of the world!