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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!


11 November 2015. Today when checking my Stats I noticed I've topped two million hits since the first article [Getting Started] went up. I am deeply honored that you have chosen to spend time reading my site. Thank you so much.

Date: 19 November 2015. Fighting Inertia regarding Boat Gear.

I am guilty of inertia. When it comes to finding boat gear I want for Seaweed, I'm excellent. Given sufficient time I am fairly proficient at finding those desired items at a reasonable price. Buying? Please. I am woman. And a woman with a boat needs some Stuff. It is at the installation stage where things begin to fall apart.

I wish I had a dollar for every item
I bought and set aside for "later"...

Undone projects become clutter. The bits and pieces cause chaos when left out. Stowed in lockers they fill space and are forgotten. Worst of all, I cannot use what is not installed. The money is spent. Unused items become clutter and that is a prick in my contentment.

It all starts out innocently enough. I have a Good Idea after an Ut Oh Experience. Next I find something that is just the thing to prevent said issue. Here's an Ut Oh situation solution:

This is a transfer switch. It would allow me easily to
 switch from Shore to Generator (or inverter) power.

What happened was this: I'd been living on the hook aka at anchor for several months. I brought Seaweed into a dock and the first thing I did was plug into shore power. Though plugging in sounds like a Great Idea, it wasn't.

I had my inverter direct wired to the back of my AC panel. The inverter supplied the whole boat with power from my solar panels and wind generator. When I plugged in to shore power, the electricity back fed through the inverter and smoked it.

That's a literal "smoked it" incidentally. There was smoke. And yes, I knew better. I simply forgot.

There is a good reason I have visual clues around Seaweed. Reminders help prevent foolish mistakes and reassure me that I'm on the right path.

The solution is a transfer switch that would allow
me to switch from shore power to inverter power.

Confession Time: Forgive me for I have sinned. I got that switch more than three years ago. It was back on the east coast and I came to the Gulf coast for my Grand's birth. She turned three in August. And the switch is still not installed.

Inertia is my enemy. I'm working hard at installing the pieces I have before buying more projects. I have enough parts on hand to keep me busy. The all too plentiful To-Do's are intimidating. That they are my fault for having not done the installation irritates my sense of calm.

In that regard I have made a vow to Finish things. And by finish things I do not mean that bag of cookies in my locker, nor the chips, candy, etc.

Pizza is different. And tomorrow I'll show you how to make a healthy pizza for cheap.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Fighting Inertia regarding Boat Gear page.

Categories: Becoming Clutter-Free, Boat Talk, Vignettes


Announcement: I did start 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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Last month Amazon sent me $15.20, all thanks to your purchases. Thank you.


Pet of the Week: Shy Anne
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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 who weighs in at 4 pounds 3 ounces.

Coming soon ...

Isn't this beautiful?!? I'm inspired.


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, 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:

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

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:

  • Any pretty waterfront photo

  • Boats at anchor or underway

  • You, having fun afloat

  • Parrot or a macaw

  • Electric food dehydrator

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.

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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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