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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!
Aboard Seaweed I have a system for
sorting and organizing my screws, nuts and bolts. It works and is
easy to maintain. This is what I do, along with a couple of
suggestions on how my method could be better. Best of all, it's
totally free using stuff you already own.
Little aspirin bottles are a good size for short screws, lock washers and such. The problem with them is that you have to line up the arrows to open the doggone bottle. I don't want to hunt down my glasses to see the arrows so the first thing I do is take out my red nail polish [see Kindle versus Fire (nail polish too) article] and paint the arrows red.
If you are like me, when I
discover something I need for Seaweed I buy one plus a spare. I went
from almost no spares eight years ago to a fairly substantial
collection though not overnight. I've purchased as needed and that
has worked well for my budget.
You do not need to
have Everything at the
I've got them on small loops of
line so that I can easily retrieve one or more. It's handy to have
spares and by sorting them in advance I can get just the right size
without a hassle. There are three brass cup hook holders the hose
clamp collections hang on.
Were I to build a hardware
collection again, from the get-go I would use spice bottles. There
are a myriad of spice shelves available from both retail stores and
thrift shops. It would be wonderful to have a locker with a big
collection of bottles all lined up on a neat rack where I could see
Someday he can sort them down into better organized, more size specific groups. For now this is the way they are sorted:
The above groupings seem to work well as a starter point. To do it all as precisely as mine are (sorted by size, thread count) would be an overwhelming task. Sometimes Good Enough is indeed good enough. This is such a case.
Yours do not have to be perfect. For now, simply
remove the ones that would rust and Call it Good. There's boating to
be done, and sorting screws is one of those things you can do at
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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.
Pet of the Week: Julie
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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 email@example.com
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!