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

Trawler life on a nickel budget is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

Money Matters
Coastal cruising is within reach of even the least financially endowed. I'm certainly proof of that! 

So, how does it all break down? It's not always about cash now, so don't forget that.  Folks on the water help each other. I've had work done on Seaweed, sans cash and have done things for boaters in return -- and not one-for-one.  For instance, I might help Maverick wire a tachometer and rebuild a water pump while I receive help from Sparrow with my windlass.  That's what boaters do: they help each other.

Still, there's nothing like cash, and goodness knows we aren't well stocked with that aboard Seaweed. In that regard I've been blessed by some donations via PayPal (how cool is that?!) and many folks have been kind enough to purchase thru my Amazon links. I appreciate that too.

This is how it all breaks down:

2023 Amazon purchases via

It costs you nothing and helps keep me afloat.

$ 47.43 - January *deposits occur at end of month
$ 36.54 - February
$ 40.52 - March
$ 25.95 - April
$ 24.91 - May
$ 34.64 - June
$ 15.75 - July
$ 13.75 - August

$328.49 in total for 2023.

There is a minimum for payments from Amazon. Amounts below $10 are rolled into the next month (or longer) until the thresh-hold is met. Plus they hold money for two months. Thus, January's deposit was earned in November.

Previous years, for the curious:
$43.94 in 2013 $282.63 in 2014
$514.40 in 2015 $505.46 in 2016
$424.99 in 2017 $238.81 in 2018
$112.96 in 2019  $70.59 in 2020
$460.10 in 2021 $499.17 in 2022


Gifts and Cruising Kitty donations via

Tablet link:  CRUISING KITTY.

Each gift is appreciated.

In 2023, a total of $100 for the Cruising Kitty.

Thanks to those who donate... Your generosity is appreciated.

A big THANKS to the following
individuals for helping fund the Cruising Kitty:

Michael, Michael, Shane, Walt, Don, Michael, Robert, Bob, Pamela, Richard, Will, Michael, Michael, Michael, Michael, Douglas, Rich, William, KS, Thomas, Richard, Edwin, Dave, Al, Bob, Larry, Martin, Jeff, Marty, Fernando and Jana, Allen, Donald, Michael, Richard, Steve, Suzette, Rod, Olivier & Pilou, Keith & Janet, Karlis, Gary, Bill, Curt, Curt, Ted, Pete, Deb, Gary, Karl, John, David, Ted, Olivier and Pilou, Chris, Ryan, Bi, Rita, Michael, Ted, Bill, Michael, Bi, Tuni, Bi, Michael, Colin, Michael, Ed, David, Gary, Karl, Michael, Bill, Kristin, Jack, George, Gary, Bill, Kristin, Jack, George, Michael, Gary, Bill, and Gary.

I'm humbled by your kindness and generosity.
Thank you so much. It means a lot to me!

You know, if you chose to help fund the Cruising Kitty, that's great. But if not, that is fine too. I am so blessed just to be here that really, though extras are fine and dandy and greatly appreciated, I'm living the life I have chosen and am so fortunate to be out here. I know I am blessed....

Life afloat truly is amazing!


As I build my site I've often wondered how similar websites are doing.  I do know my Google ranking is 2 (of 10) so obviously I've got room to grow. If you are curious as to hit counts and such, the Statistics page tells all.

Contributions to my Cruising Kitty via
are always appreciated.

Every gift helps.


I am also an Amazon Affiliate.

Skipper, First Mate

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.

Here we are anchored in the Carrabelle River and as you can see the sunset is pretty marvelous.

If I can live this life, why not you too?

My Buddy, and his girlfriend...

A favorite aphorism: Boat Math: Start with a list of 10 projects, finish 8, and find yourself with only 15 projects left. Boat Projects have a definite kinship with rabbits.

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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