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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!

 

Date: 15 April 2015. Rocky Raccoon.

A couple days ago I walked over to the grocery store. Chicken thighs were on sale for 89 cents a pound so I bought a package with eight. Costing just less than $3, I was happy to find a bargain. Usually it's at least double that price. And I had plans for that chicken!
 

 

First of all, it's not shrimp but I'm hopeful. You see, the shrimp boat MC Johnson left recently. The captain apologized for the noisy generator that ran while he was docked next to my boat. I said "say it with shrimp when you get back in" because, well, I like shrimp!

 

 


So, I got home with my chicken and proceeded to bone it. When I went outside to toss the bones and skin into the water I spotted a raccoon near my transom. Cool! He skedaddled but I threw two bones onto shore for the raccoon.

Even though I kept a watch out I didn't spot him again. The bones were missing though so I suspect he found them to his satisfaction.
 


Yesterday afternoon we had a particularly low tide and who should appear but Rocky Raccoon. He's not yet full grown.

The striped tail reminds me of the Daniel Boone shows with Fess Parker. Gosh they were fun to watch... Of course I can never see a Daniel Boone episode without remembering the Johnny Carson demonstration that went to heck in a hand-basket. Ed Ames and that tomahawk were, ahem, uniquely entertaining. (still blushing, while holding sides from laughter)

If you'd like to revisit the past, those Daniel Boone television programs are wonderful entertainment. Most afternoons aboard Seaweed I watch a DVD. It's relaxing.
 


Rocky Raccoon kept turning over rocks along the shoreline. He found an oyster (yummy) and ate it. It was lovely to be able to observe Rocky hunting for dinner.

Finally though, my new neighbor headed off.



I hope Rocky Raccoon comes back to visit again.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Rocky Raccoon page.

Categories: Boats, DVDs, Entertainment, Vignettes, Wild Things

 

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 ...


A Magnificent Manifold.
 


Archive

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.)


Aphorisms

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

  • Electric food dehydrator

  • A box of wine, opened (showing bag inside)

  • Derelict sloop or ketch

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!

 


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
extraordinaire

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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Every gift helps.

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


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