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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

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.

The Gear page
The good, the bad and the ugly

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The good, the bad and the ugly

~ listed chronologically, as posted ~

The tools and equipment mentioned in these articles can be found on one page. Click here for the Boat Gear page.

  1. Autumn Preparations

  2. Trolling Motor Woes

  3. More Trolling Motors

  4. Screening Seaweed

  5. Organizing Your Tools

  6. Where the Women Are

  7. Outside the Box (fire extinguisher hint)

  8. Quite the Sight

  9. The Log Book

  10. Anchoring

  11. Boat Presents

  12. Air Horn Saves the Day

  13. Progress on Engine

  14. Heaters Debunked

  15. Fog

  16. Time Stopped

  17. In the Head

  18. (Joshua Slocum's) Spray replica Anja

  19. Anchor Light Fix

  20. Blue-Water Boats

  21. Manatee Moves

  22. She runs, however...

  23. Anchor Down

  24. Bilge Pump OUCH

  25. What Used Boat?

  26. Prop Problems (lesson learned)

  27. Solar Regulators (Standard vs. MPPT)

  28. Anatomy of a Gulf Crossing (departure planning)

  29. Expert Advice versus Intuition (spare parts inventory)

  30. Water System and Filter Fix

  31. Mosquitoes (engine room vent screening)

  32. Anchor Up (painting the chain)

  33. DeWalt Drill Fix

  34. Flares Expire (my solution)

  35. Life onboard Lily Maria (Thompson 44 M/V)

  36. Emergency Anchor Up (OpenCPN info too)

  37. Glass-bottom Dinghy

  38. The Helm

  39. Music aboard Seaweed (Alzheimer's too)

  40. Night Crossing

  41. Bookbinding for Beginners

  42. Windlass is Necessary (for me)

  43. Building a Locker (Part 2)

  44. Building a Locker (Part 2)

  45. Kindle versus Fire (nail polish too)

  46. Anchor Light for Dinghy

  47. Silent Lessons

  48. Tern Time (sponson)

  49. Stabilize a Hard Dinghy (inexpensive how-to)

  50. Power Tools Required

  51. Stainless Manifold Ordered (tractor motor adapted for boat)

  52. Toilet Tissue (aka TP)

  53. Fuzzy Fixed (and manifold update)

  54. Warranty Paperwork (SeaSense bilge pump)

  55. More Emergency Anchor Up Info

  56. Power Cord Primer

  57. Spring on Pi Day (copper advice)

  58. Command in the Galley

  59. Laundry Hauling Made Easier

  60. Anchor Ball

  61. Battery Primer (Tesla)

  62. Screening My Hatch (eBay advice)

  63. Songbird in Water

  64. Marinizing the Cooling System of a Tractor

  65. Inexpensive Line Cutter

  66. Project Management

  67. Hatch Cover How-To (Sunbrella and Tenara too)

  68. Is a $20k Boat too Costly?

  69. Change of Light Bulbs (LED versus cheap)

  70. Finding Your Boat (part 2)

  71. Finding Your Boat (part 3)

  72. Installing Refrigerator Fans

  73. Composting Toilet How-To

  74. Refrigerator Latches

  75. Locker Latch Alignment

  76. Backing Plate Concerns

  77. When it's Not Square (how to fix)

  78. Rescue Tape Saves Boats

  79. Rope Trim (stain and varnish wood)

  80. Welding Shop and a Riser

  81. Portlight Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival)

  82. Waterproof 8 Gauge Butt Connectors (make your own)

  83. Falling Overboard

  84. Electric Drill Repair

  85. Making a Towel Rack

  86. Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too)

  87. Buy and Install Levels

  88. Spare Prop has Swap Potential

  89. Screen Update

  90. Air Conditioning

  91. Batteries Store Power

  92. Solar Makes Power

  93. Power Used Aboard Seaweed

  94. Inverters Make AC Power

  95. Solar, Batteries and an Inverter

  96. Red Fish, Green Fish (visual clues)

  97. Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Batteries

  98. Toy Bails Dinghy

  99. Safety Nets

  100. Marking my Paddles (dinghy safety equipment)

  101. Boat Buying Decisions (what is important?)

  102. Moby-Cool a/c cover Tweak

  103. Moby-Cool a/c cover Installed

  104. Bolt Sizing Primer

  105. Cup-holder Repair

  106. Seaweed's Dryer Bar

  107. Anchor Down by Noon (policy vs. practice)

  108. Watermaker Wish Coming True

  109. Meet the Culprit (styptic)

  110. Drying Damp Books

  111. Sailboat in Gulfport

  112. JB Weld (cap won't open fix)

  113. Magnifier

  114. Buying a Big Boat (part 1)

  115. Buying a Big Boat (part 2)

  116. Sheet Trick

  117. On Island Time (Schucker 440 Motorsailor)

  118. Summertime Computer Woes

  119. Anchor Locker Leak Fixed

  120. Drain Cleaner

  121. Hurricane Irma (part 2)

  122. Hurricane Irma Saga

  123. Handy Heater Review

  124. Paralyzed by Planning (includes sundries list)

  125. Draft Prevention using Foam

  126. Alternator Bracket Pattern (how to)

  127. Upsizing the Alternator - My Mistake

  128. Scorpion Vacuum and Kindle Fire Questions

  129. Making a Plug-In AC Voltage Meter

  130. Dock Lines from Halyards (snubber too)

  131. Voltage Meters for the Batteries

  132. Diagnosing a Bad Battery

  133. Clothes in the Bilges

  134. Proper Attachment of a Terminal End

  135. St. Pete's Electro Battery

  136. Stacking Battery Cables

  137. Tablecloth becomes Screens

  138. Nautical Swap Purchases - Handles

  139. Attaching Wires to the Bulkhead

  140. Refrigerator Power Requirements - Part One

  141. Generating Power - Part Two

  142. Storing the Power (battery charts) - Part Three

  143. Powering the Refrigerator - The Complete Series.

  144. Routine Maintenance and the Thimble

  145. Laundry Bag (and Captiva Island)

  146. Beckson Plate Fix

  147. Washing Dishes and Saving Water

  148. Fixing a 24-hour Clock

  149. Routine Maintenance of Hose Clamps

  150. Making a Laptop Stand (and computer advice)

  151. Clothespins and Hanger Advice

  152. Pilothouse Window Opener Sought

  153. Hurricane Michael (with Carrabelle pictures)

  154. Halloween 2018

  155. Hiding the VHF Hole

  156. Energy Efficient Christmas Lights

  157. Pilothouse AC Power Solution

  158. Battery Check and Cheater Method

  159. Catalytic Heater Won't Light Remedy

  160. Battery Cap Fiasco

  161. Best Choice Washer

  162. Dating for Boaters - Part 3

  163. Dating for Boaters (summary)

  164. Broken Arm Lessons

  165. Saving on Kleenex (handkerchiefs)

  166. Diverting Portlight Drips (paper towel edition)

  167. Tips for Cooling the Boat

  168. Clean and Soften Old Ropes

  169. Box of Small Stuff (line)

  170. Petroleum Jelly aboard a Boat

  171. Inexpensive Handle Fix

  172. VHF by my Bunk (spare radio)

  173. Tool to Extend my Reach (back-scratcher)

  174. Fishing Pole Question (plus no-screw mounting how-to)

  175. Shaft and Propeller Keys

  176. Nifty Nantucket Bagg (plus Harbor Freight tool rule)

  177. Inexpensive Draft Stopper

  178. Multimeter Repair

  179. Multimeter Improvement (clamps)

  180. Microgreens Shelves Installed (part 4)

  181. Microgreens Aboard Seaweed (series)

  182. Preventing Injury, Step Edition

  183. How Shaft Keys Work

  184. Keeping Hands Flexible

  185. New Flares

  186. Apple Cider Vinegar VS Fruit Flies

  187. Bilge Oil and Water Removal

  188. Shaft Key Alert

  189. New Alternator Bracket

  190. Lightning Strike series Conclusion (part 2)

  191. Lightning Strike series Summary (parts 1 and 2)

  192. Computer Mistake (off-grid error)

  193. Screen Solution (newest version)

  194. Power to Obtain Freedom (penguin request)

  195. Power, Initial Purchases (#1 in series)

  196. Adding an Air-Breeze Wind Generator (#2 in series)

  197. Gasoline Generator Added (starting the wrong way) (#3 in series)

  198. Adding Renogy and Upgrading Solar Regulator (#4 in series)

  199. Solar on Cloudy Days (#5 in series)

  200. And in Conclusion (#6 in series)

  201. Power from None to Now (the complete series)

  202. Daddy's Bottom Scraper

  203. Creating a Private Cabin

  204. Temporary Thru-Hull Fix (part 2)

  205. Thru-Hull Leak Series

  206. Soapbox:  Ladder Edition

  207. Watermaker Woes

  208. WD-40 versus Starting Fluid

  209. Estate Sale Book Finds

  210. Seaweed is too Hot (Mistakes were Made, Part 1)

  211. Ordered Dometic AC (Mistakes were Made, Part 2)

  212. New Model Woes (Mistakes were Made, Part 3)

  213. Thermostat and RJ11 Troubles (Mistakes were Made, Part 4)

  214. Calling Cap'n Jesse (Mistakes were Made, part 5)

  215. Grainger's has Parts (Mistakes were Made, part 6)

  216. Lessons Learned (Mistakes were Made, part 7)

  217. (AC Install from Hades (Mistakes were Made, complete series)

  218. Operator Error re New Computer

  219. After Hurricane Ian  (part 2)

  220. Before and After Hurricane Ian (parts 1 and 2)

  221. Marineland of Florida

  222. Madeira Beach Nautical Flea Market

  223. Nicole Necessity (grapnel hook)

  224. Dawn Detergent

  225. Struggling with Stuff


  227. coming soon

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