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Trawler cruising on $14 per day is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
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!
Princess & Thunderfoot →
In case you wondered life is truly
wonderful afloat. Now that my Betsy (the Kubota diesel) runs I've been taking Seaweed
out for lots of day trips. Mostly it's just for a couple of hours at
a time. I am working out the kinks in both me and the boat. Some
things that were fine on the east coast simply won't work here in
this area. Not for me anyway.
I keep her backed in or spin her around with lines. That way I can immediately take off in forward gear.
I am aware that Experts can back
their boats into the trickiest of spots. That's not me. With more
practice I'll improve. In the meantime I'm out here having fun.
One thing you will find as you boat more is that some of your Good Ideas aren't so perfect. This is one such case. Being able to adapt is the key for success.
Cutting the net won't work either.
This is safety netting from
Defender's and it is not inexpensive. Eventually I'd like to buy
more and completely encircle the bow of Seaweed. This is not a High
Priority item however it is on The List.
The wooden bar across the door opening solution mentioned above is interesting. I like the idea of having a place to put my beverage while underway. I am considering this one seriously.
One problem with this idea is that wood is hard. If a wake threw me into the bar I could break something. Netting allows a soft landing. Staying aboard is crucial. Not being hurt in the process is paramount. This idea is on the back burner.
A platform for Skipper has a
definite appeal. She likes sticking her nose out the doorway and
watching the water, fish, dogs ashore, etc. She's my boat dog.
I like being inside, safe and
secure in my home. The next time I pull out the sewing machine I'll
make a padded border to go at the top of the netting. It will give
me an "edge" and be a bit tidier. In the meantime it will be Good
Happy cruising to you and yours.
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 email@example.com and I'll add you. It's free.
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.
Pets of the Week:
Erin and Lessa
Submit your pet's photo.
More canine, feline and feathered crew members can be found on the The First Mate Gallery page.
Of course every boat needs a Deck Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix who weighs in at 4 pounds 3 ounces.
Coming soon ...
Topics of Interest:
Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
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.
It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world, and inside every boater is a story. Well, 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:
Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard, and personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower, but kids, well, kids were kids. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.
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?
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.
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!