AlbinCruisers Information

This website posts advertisements & reports on Albin 25 & 27 cruisers & information on fitting out “Drifter” (A27SC86 - Sault Ste. Marie, 0n. Nissan LD28 - 78hp) for extended cruising – it’s our “summer cottage”. To get to a topic in the List of Posts, check the date of posting & click on the date in the Archives & scroll down the posting. Comment on a post by clicking the icon below the post - I get a copy by email. To get a reply include your email address. John

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Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Albin 27 (1986) Sports Cruiser

After several postponements we have finally completed the missing segments of our “dream cruise” – Sault Ste. Marie, through the Trent-Severn & Rideau canals for a week in Ottawa. It is time to leave boating & make more journeys by car.

Drifter has been sold to a couple in Thunder Bay Ontario.

Drifter is a sound, seaworthy, fresh water pocket trawler. It has the Nissan LD28 (78hp; cruises happily at 2800 rpm, 7.5 knots for app. 5 mpg. It is fully equipped for economical cruising & do-it –yourself maintenance.

For additional information explore this site - the site will stay up as long as it has activity.

If you have any questions you can contact me thru this website,

John Bain


Canvas sides roll up for easy handling of lock lines

Friday, September 29, 2006


I got caught up this summer in updating Drifter’s Log & also trying digital photography – so decided to post the results in the hope that you might find something of interest. Comments on the site or specific content would be appreciated. JB

Friday, September 29, 2006
Cruising Accommodations – Camper Style (13 pages)

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Cruising Log & Aids (24 pages)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
A Boat of Many Bilges + Stuffing Box Info (16 pages)

Monday, September 18, 2006
Nissan LD 28M & Equipment on Drifter (8 pages)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Nissan LD 28M Specifications & Performance

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Nissan LD28 Parts Sources

Monday, October 03, 2005
Nissan LD20M & LD28M Owner/Operator Manual (20 pages)
Nissan LD20M & LD28M Service Manual Sources

Sunday, September 25, 2005
Jabsco Engine Cooling Pump Manual Source
Hurth HBW 250 (ZF 25M) Transmission Manual (2 excerpts)
Drive Damper & Coupling Sources

Sunday, May 15, 2005
Dinghy Choice (Dinghy & Motor Storage) (4 pages)

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Sunday, January 16, 2005
A25 & A27 Generic History & Description (4 pages)
Drifter Picture
Drifter Ground Tackle
A 25 Internal Pictorial View
A 25 Flyer (5 pages)
A25 Advertisement 1976
A25 Advertisement 1973
A27 Express 1992 Plan
A27 Power Boating Report 1989 (6 pages)
A27 Power & Motor Yacht Report 1985 (3 pages)
A27 Flyer (4 pages)A27 Announcement 1983

Saturday, January 15, 2005
A27 Advertisement (1983?)


Donna & I spend our summers, 2 to 3 months each year, on Drifter on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Some of the features we have added to our “summer cottage” are described below. We made an early decision to seek low tech “appropriate” solutions to our cruising needs (except for navigation & then we have low tech back up) & enjoy their relative reliability. One example is the solar “sun shower” laid flat on forward deck for heating & suspended on a tender spar over the swim platform for a shower. Donna often uses it as a source of hot water for washing dishes. Other examples are the use of a Colman catalytic heater & a propane barbecue grill (used placed on the flat sole of the tender).

The Albin 27 “Sports Cruisers” have a very large aft cockpit. Our full enclosure converts the open space to a multi-purpose “sun room”. The Sunbrella enclosure has doors port & starboard just aft of the pilot house. Two of the side windows & the aft window have screening to allow ventilation and also have plastic windows that Velcro & snap in place for inclement weather.

The aft “door” rolls up for easy access to the tender & swim platform.