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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!


Yes, we are still trying to get Comments to work properly. In the meantime I welcome email comments. Email me at comments@janice142.com and I will add them manually. Thanks too. I appreciate your patience while *we tweak things. J.

That's the royal "we" meaning KEN on Sparrow!

Sparrow, a 40'
Rhodes Bounty2

Date: 6 November 2016. Seaweed's Dryer Bar.


I have a thick 100% cotton area rug in my cabin. I bought it in 2008 because I liked it so much. $15 was a lot of money and it has served me well. The problem is that it has faded terribly after numerous trips through the washer. It also dries slower than a turtle walks through molasses at the North Pole. I came up with a solution that serves me well.

Another rug, a five dollar special that I wish I had not bought also takes too long to dry. That's when I bring out my piece of teak.

This is the blue-green wonder. Ugly, not comfy on the
 feet and until I find something better it's Good Enough.


My ugly rug is draped over a piece of teak. A thin line is attached at each end. It is tied so it hangs centered in the doorway. The teak is one from my stash of stuff. I like teak so when I spot a piece with potential I bring it home.

The dinette lockers have scraps of teak tucked inside. In case I get the urge to make something from them I'm ready. Otherwise they make fine paint sticks. A girl can't have too many stir sticks.

It was the right size, or more accurately, close enough to suffice. The teak I used is 21" long. It is 3/4" across by 3/8" thick. Found by a dumpster and in pretty rough condition when discovered, I fixed it. Teak is pretty and so I brought it home. There's something about teak (and stainless too) that a girl's just got to find a place for if at all possible.

This is what I did:

Making Teak Pretty


The teak piece I found was weathered and not so lovely to look at. The length was Good Enough so I first drilled holes, one at each end, for a line to run through.



The teak had *silvered. I washed it with soap and a green scrubby rubbing with the grain of the wood. Next I dried it in the sun for a few days. Finally I took some polyurethane I had leftover from a previous project and gave it a few coats.

*Silvered: When teak is exposed to sun and rain it turns a silver/grey color.

There was nothing fancy about the treatment. I wanted it shiny. In the process of making the teak shine the silver faded and it became the rich brown you see.


When Kidlet replaced her blinds I cut and kept the lines that pulled them up and down. I've found tons of uses for that "small stuff" aboard Seaweed. I always keep it when I see any being tossed. It's handy to have on aboard.

In the lowest position as shown on left it is a perfect height for clothes hangers. When I wash my unmentionables I can hang the damp items inside. Out of the sun they will not fade. Besides, I do not string up my skivvies for all to see.

I can also use the bar to support the rugs while they dry. With the door open breezes help speed the process.

Skipper's blanket finishes drying on the teak bar
in the sunlight on the starboard side doorway.

Because it is spotted I keep the tiger part on
the inside so folks won't see that from outside.

Like lots of boaters without a washer or dryer, making do with what is available is a given. I find the bar is quite useful. After my shower it is perfect for spreading out the towel overnight. Nighties and other flimsy bits of fluff can be dried inside and away from prying eyes during the daytime.

Besides, I love my boat and do not want her to look untidy. I'm having way too much fun for that.

As for now, everything is drying nicely in the afternoon breeze. Life is indeed very good afloat.

Thanks for reading. Don't forget if you see my girl along the waterways be sure to say "hello" on Channel 16. I'm always listening.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Seaweed's Dryer Bar page.

Categories: Boat Talk, Gear, Pets, 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 published on my website.

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Thank you.


Pet of the Week: Peaches
Cap'n Noel's watchdog

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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. She weighs in at 4 pounds 3 ounces.

Coming soon ...

VHF aboard Seaweed

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. Inside every boater is a story. 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

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have become. 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

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

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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