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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

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

Trawler cruising on $10 per day is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, accredited member of Boat Writers International.

It's been suggested I share my views on living aboard a 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!


27 October 2014. Spook-tacular circa 2014.

As many of my friends know, I love the holidays. Starting when the Christmas decorations hit the stores (before Halloween for goodness' sake!) and on through the winter, this is by far my favorite time of the year. And for the record, my Christmas decorations don't go up until after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, Halloween is first in the autumn line-up and Seaweed is becoming Spook-tacular again.

Halloween aboard Seaweed
isn't fancy, but it is fun.


Though my Seaweed may be smaller than the normal home, it is filled with spirits. Some are familiar from previous Halloweens. The witch towel (above right) is a new purchase. I've hung it on a hand hold into my cabin.

Side Note: When living aboard a boat, you'll begin to notice specific spots that you'll reach for to balance yourself. Remember those places and find a way to make a hand-hold right there. That is why Seaweed has so many more than most boats. I want to be safe!

The cat was from one of those ten cent bins after the holidays at Hobby Lobby. Stained with red oak (thanks to Sweet Thing aka Marsha on S/V Freebird) and varnished, she tucks up high by the doorway to the cockpit.  Balancing on the window frame with her tail tucked into the cypress wood overhead, the cat is a surprise find for folks who look around the boat.

For me, I prefer the subtle. When you're onboard Seaweed by looking you just might see something that's right there, and has been for years. A friend, Ken on Sparrow, noticed after multiple visits the koi curtain supports and commented upon them. It tickled me that he spotted them. That's probably a girl thing though.

Freebird Marsha had found the pair in a thrift store one day and ended up giving them to me for Seaweed. I love the fishy ends, even if dusting them is a pain in the transom. And yes, those of us out here do call each other by our boat's names. Pick a good name for your boat because you will be known by it. Something unique, easy to spell, and not pornographic would be ideal.

I know aboard Ken's 40' sloop (a Rhodes Bounty converted from a ketch) he's got the coolest light covers near his companionway. I've tried to talk him out of them -- and his Katadyn watermaker too. Alas, no success. Not yet anyway! Every time I haul water I want that watermaker more. Sigh.

It was cold and Skipper had snuggled inside Ken's sweatshirt.

One of the best parts about visiting other boats is noticing the little things that make a particular vessel unique. Any boat that's been lived aboard for a time has usually had lots of nifty modifications. I enjoy learning what others have done.

By making similar modifications Seaweed improves. My home becomes better and more comfortable because of the alterations made since purchase. It's little things, but important to my happiness quotient nonetheless.

Festive basil plant with Boo sits
on the pilothouse chart-table.


Recently I cut back my basil plants and added one of my two Boo characters to the planter. A small penguin, a gift from my daughter, also shares the planter. Basil seems to grow without any effort and as I like greenery it brightens my pilothouse. When underway I have to move the plant to the sink or affix it with Quake Hold!


Quake Hold! is a putty-like stuff that affixes items without damaging them. You can move things around but it will hold stuff put. I wouldn't trust it for a television, but for the speakers of my sound system and other light weight things, it works. And it's about $5 on Amazon.


Another favorite is from decades ago. This little bear all wrapped up in bandages was bought in the Shand's Hospital (Gainesville, FL) gift shop when one of my duo was in there for testing. I loved the cheery little face so brought him home for my Christmas tree.

He's hanging from one of my cigarette lighter outlets. That one is generally used for the handheld GPS power supply. The fender hook (behind the bear's head) is part of the attachment system for a netting I put over the pilothouse doorways when underway.

But by far, the pink troll is my favorite of late.
The hair resembles mine first thing in the morning.

I can imagine he's carrying a bag full of Indian Candy Corn and Autumn Mix, both by Brach's, in that bag. So far I've resisted the urge to splurge but I suspect I'll buy a package, or two, soon.

Wishing you a spook-tacular Halloween from my Seaweed to your home.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Spook-tacular circa 2014 page.

Categories: Boats, Characters, Pets, Recommendations,  Security, Vignettes


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.

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 ...

Making do without a grocery store...


The Archive holds a running list with synopsis of published articles, and links to same.

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 being repaired in Carrabelle 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:

  • Parrot or a macaw

  • Sea captain (old seafarer -- could be a statue)

  • Electric food dehydrator

  • Derelict sloop or ketch

  • War medals

  • A garage where you'd take your car to be fixed

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks!


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.

Contributions to my Cruising Kitty
are always appreciated.

Every gift helps.

The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!

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