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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: 26 March 2015. In and Out (clearing clutter)

Folks living on boats with limited space such as myself are aware of the consequences of purchases. It's not just the money. Storage is critical, and it often comes down to a few specific issues.

  • Do I want it?

  • Where will it go?

  • Is there a useful service it can provide?

  • Will it rust, mold or get icky in a marine environment?

You will note no place on that list is is the "Will it break?" line so often repeated. For certain items, I don't care if it gets broken. Some things are not that expensive. If or when it breaks, I'll simply buy a replacement.

That's not to say I've always been of that mind. When I initially moved aboard Seaweed I opted for plastic. It was okay. At the beginning of this journey I had just two bowls and a couple of plates. That was sufficient, then.

Later I met and made some friends with others enjoying life on the water. Being able to share a bowl of clam chowder (a specialty of mine) with other boaters necessitated the purchase of a couple more bowls. I ended up with four.


The bowls feature Tigger, Scooby and Nemo. I liked that they were similar without being identical. If one got lost, I could buy something to fit in with the group. But now I'm tired of them. They have to go.

Vintage Fire-King bowl:


I wasn't so tired that I'd have thrown those four away, mind you. I became dissatisfied mainly because they now seem a bit juvenile. Okay, they are kid bowls, but unbreakable and at $3 a pop, retail, (what was I thinking to pay retail?!?) and, well, I wanted to upgrade.

Getting rid of clutter isn't just throwing away stuff. Instead, it's about picking the very best and using only those things that bring pleasure.

In the greater scheme of life, not a lot of cash was invested in the plastic character bowls. Thus, when I spotted a pretty green glass one at a local thrift store (exactly like some we'd had aboard our boat years ago) I bought it. I liked the color so for four bits* brought it home.

*Four bits equals fifty cents. Two bits is a quarter.

Now a bowl or two or even four is sufficient but now I was faced with owning seven bowls. On a 23' boat, that's ridiculous. Therefore I chose the three I liked best, and the rest will leave here shortly. Does anyone want my old plastic soup and/or popcorn bowls?!?

When you own a boat, it's generally a good idea to take one item off for each you add. This time I'm removing four and replacing with one. Though I've less in quantity, I have more in desirability. Most important of all however is I like this group better.

The Keepers I've tucked away in
a neat little stack under my sink.

Yes, I'm aware many people thrill to own and use matched sets of dishes. I'm not one of those folks. Eclectic works for me.

And I do still have a pair of plastic plates (featuring Tigger and crew) that will be replaced at some point. I wish my grand liked Tigger because I'd send the whole lot to her. Plates and bowls... it's sort of a shame to break up the "set" but I'm moving off plastic and onto glass.

When something breaks, I'll have the fun of shopping for a replacement. I am woman: I like to shop. Alas, Carrabelle isn't great in that department, though the friendly people make up for that to a large degree.

One of my favorite friendly locals, Mr. Gander from Gander's Hardware is having some health issues at present. If you could add him to your prayers, that would be wonderful. He's a real decent man.


Comments welcome and encouraged on the
In and Out (clearing clutter) page.

Categories: Becoming Clutter-Free, Boat Talk, Characters, Galley, Locations


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.


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

  • 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

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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