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23' mini-trawler
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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.

2019 Archive



  • Dating for Boaters - Part 3. Finding someone to share the journey afloat is not so easy. This is Part 3 of a series for those seeking a cruising partner. Seeing a sea turtle pop up his head is so much more satisfying when you can say "did you see that?" to someone you care about. I had that with my Bob, albeit via the telephone. Since then though, well, I miss Bob. You met Bob in the Time Stopped article.
    Categories: Anchorages,
     Boats, Characters, Gear, Locations, Relationships,

  • Dating for Boaters - Part 2. This is Part 2 of a requested series. A sailor asked how to find a cruising partner. I can totally understand the desire to share this  experience with others. Here is my advice to that gent:
    Boat Talk, Boats, Characters, Locations, Relationships,

  • Dating for Boaters - Part 1. A long time subscriber on the Pacific coast asked how to find a lady to share his journey afloat. He wants to find a partner to cruise with aboard his boat. Frankly it can get lonesome out here. I believe it is easier to find someone when you are based shore-side versus living *on the hook. Here's how I would find The One.
    Categories: Boat Talk, Boats, Books, Characters, Galley, Recommendations, Relationships, Wild Things,

  • Best Choice Washer. Over the years I have changed the way I do laundry aboard Seaweed. About a year ago I decided to buy a portable washer. On Amazon I found one for just $55. My experience with said unit has been both frustrating and fabulous. Today I'll share my triumphs and the not-so-great details of Blue.
    Categories: Boat Talk, Comfort, Gear, Recommendations, Unmentionables,

  • Battery Cap Fiasco. As described in the Battery Check and Cheater Method article, I check my batteries each month. When one batt showed a higher temperature than the rest, I investigated. Part of that meant removing the cap. That's when things took a turn for the worse. Here's what happened, and the steps taken to ameliorate the situation should I ever make this mistake again.
    Categories: Gear, In the Bilges,

  • Catalytic Heater Won't Light Remedy. As the temperatures plummet, I have a solution for those of you with the Coleman catalytic heaters that don't light easily. I too had that problem with my original heater. Because I was sure the first one was broken I threw it away. The replacement developed the same issue. Here's how I solved the hard-to-light heater fiasco aboard Seaweed.
    Categories: Characters, Galley, Gear, In the Bilges, Locations,

  • Frog and the Red Tide. Soloist life aboard Seaweed can be interesting. One particular thing I enjoy is the variety that each new day brings. Today I might spend blitzing on new Kindle books, while tomorrow might find me in the bilges. I believe the mental stimulation is good for me. Sometimes though I'm a bit too stimulated. Here's what happened recently.
    Categories: Characters, Galley, Locations, Money, Wild Things,

  • Battery Check and Cheater Method. Aboard Seaweed I inspect my batteries the first week of each month. But checking each cell, load testing, and more all takes time. Sometimes I just want the job done. It is important to do this monthly, at least for folks like me using inexpensive lead acid batteries from Walmart. After six months of testing I am confident my  "cheater" method  is working well. Here's what I do.
    Categories: Boat Talk, Characters, Gear, In the Bilges, Locations, Recommendations,

(this is the Archive for 2019)

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A favorite aphorism:  A good deed is like a pebble thrown into a pool of water. The ripples spread far beyond the point of impact. Dear Abby by her daughter Pauline Phillips.

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

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