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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

Janice aboard Seaweed,
living the good life afloat...

Trawler cruising on $14 per day is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!


My friend on Sparrow is working on getting Comments back for me. I have faith, and LOVE comments. Being without has been a weight on my soul. I miss the feedback from readers.

Ken, the code writer

Date: 7 August 2016. Gutenberg Books (for free)


I have struggled with these instructions. It may seem complicated but the end result is worth it. Set-up is a one-time thing. Soon you'll be an expert so stick with me kids!

Often I am asked what I do all day. I'm always busy. Sometimes it's doing icky stuff like cleaning. Other times I've lost myself in a good book. I do a lot of reading. At anchor I have actually run out of books to read. That was a serious event and it happened more than once. It is unlikely to occur again now because I own a Kindle. Gutenberg is my secret and today I'll tell you how to get thousands of eBooks for free.

I ran out of books back in Saul Creek.

I told you about Saul Creek in the
Silence Reigns article. It's a beautiful spot.

One reason Seaweed won't ever be perfect is Project Gutenberg. It's a place to go for free books and magazines. That site feeds my reading addiction. Here's a how-to for beginners:


Gutenberg Primer
 Free eBooks and Magazines

First, go to the Gutenberg  website. [http://gutenberg.org]

There is no registration required. No fees are charged. Gutenberg does have a PayPal donation button on each page. It is an amazing site. The originator of eBooks is Michael Hart and the Gutenberg website is his legacy.

My advice is to scroll down to Site Map and start there.

Just below Site Map the third listing is "Most Downloaded Books" Click that.

Now you are at a page showing you the books downloaded most often during the past 30 days. You will find authors such as Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and more. Your toughest job will be to pick just one.

For this first time, please chose Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. You can click on the cover or title. The cover is a nice big target so that's what I click. A new page loads. [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/76]

Now please copy the title and author found near the top of the page:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Look down the list shown below the title. I select "Kindle (with images)" and RIGHT CLICK. A box will appear with several choices. Look for one that says "Save link as" or "Save target as" (it varies, computer to computer)

When that happens you are given an opportunity to provide a File Name. Here's where you paste the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain" into that box.

Side Note: You can skip the above step regarding copying the title. In that case simply click "Kindle (with images)" and a file called pg76-images.mobi will save to your computer. When you send it to your Kindle the title will magically appear.

I go through the extra step so that I have a title I recognize. If a friend wants to read the same book it is easy to find.

Aboard Seaweed I have one flash
drive with all my Kindle books...

Voila, the book is saved to your computer. You now have a file called
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.mobi and that's your eBook. If you just clicked your file is called pg76-images.mobi


The best part is you can get as many eBooks as you want. Try to restrain yourself though I never do! I will say once Gutenberg had a page appear that asked me if I was a human. I had probably found fifty books that day so... well, I read a lot. Gutenberg is a great resource for those of us on a budget.

When days are long and rainy there's
something special about reading in my bunk.

Life does not get much better.
Out here you will find a lot of avid readers.



Gutenberg in Brief

  1. Find book you want

  2. Click on cover or title of said book (a new page opens)

  3. Copy title and author of book

  4. Right click "Kindle (with images)" (a pop-up box appears)

  5. Paste title and author into box on "File Name" line

  6. Click Save

The final step is to find the file you saved. Then simply email it to the Kindle.


Every Kindle has an email address.

There are two ways to find your Kindle's email address. On your Kindle click the Settings icon. If you have an old Kindle that's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen. Otherwise look for the thing that looks like a gear.

  1. Click to open Settings

  2. On older Kindles look for Device Options, then Personalize your Kindle. That's where you'll find your Kindle's address. Each Kindle has it's own email address.

  3. Newer ones like the Kindle Fire have your Kindle address listed in Settings under "My Account"

The second way is to go directly to Amazon. I'll detail that next. It's easier. I like understanding how stuff works so provided you this option first.

Next go to Amazon via this link:
You're not going to buy anything, unless you want to that is.

Select "Your Account" found near the top on the right side of your screen. Scroll down to "Manage Your Content and Devices". Click that. The third tab is "Settings". Click Settings.

About half way down you'll find your Kindle email address. The section is called "Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings". If you have more than one Kindle, all will be listed in that section. 

Amazon throws up one final barrier to folks who want to acquire books not found on the Amazon website. You must add your email address in order to send documents (or books, photos, etc.) to your Kindle.

Keep scrolling. "Approved Personal Document E-mail List" is what you want. That is where you will add your email address.

Now, finally, you are done!
You know how to get books for free
and install them on your Kindle.

Anything you find on Gutenberg, save, send and then read on your Kindle.

I hereby apologize for any reading addiction this may exacerbate in you. At least the books are free. As for me, while writing this piece up I found another gem. See the next article called Sea Fever on Gutenberg for details.

Thanks for reading!

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Gutenberg Books (for free) page.

Categories: Anchorages, Books, Characters, Entertainment, Locations, Money, Recommendations,


Announcement: I did start a few months ago emailing notices to readers when new articles go up. If you'd like to be included via BCC* simply drop me a line to janice@janice142.com and I'll add you. It's free.

*BCC - Blind Carbon Copy. Basically no one but me will have your email address and the list of subscribers is not available.

Now this is not fancy. Basically I copy off the top three items in my Archive file. That way you can catch up if life gets in the way of your reading fun.

Secret: If you want to know what's what, start in the Archive. It offers you the title, first paragraph and topics (Categories) covered in each article published on my website.

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Thank you.


Pet of the Week: James
aboard M/V Loafs and Fishes

Submit your pet's photo.
Please email pictures of your crew!

More canine, feline and feathered crew members can be found on the The First Mate Gallery page.


The Archive holds a chronological list of every item published on my website. It includes a brief synopsis (not just the title) along with the topics covered in each article.

Click on the title and voila: you're there. Enjoy!

Skipper, First Mate extraordinaire

Of course every boat needs a Deck Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix. She weighs in at 4 pounds 3 ounces.

Coming soon ...

VHF aboard Seaweed

Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life

Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)


For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!

These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.

Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.

The above chart (#411) can be a wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!

The Writer's Block

It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:

1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:

Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to share? Email me.

Do you want to help out?

Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:

  • Parrot or a macaw

  • Electric food dehydrator

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing -- I'd prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks!

My email address is janice@janice142.com

23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.

Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.

click picture to enlarge

My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.

If I can live this life, why not you too?

Skipper, First Mate

Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.

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