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Trawler life on a nickel budget is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
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!
All folks of a certain age become
concerned about our health. Staying independent is Extremely
important. One way to insure same is to be proactive in preventing
accidents. I learned about that in a rather abrupt fashion. Details
can be found in the
Broken Arm Lessons
article. Aboard Seaweed there are however other places that needed attention.
Today I'll tell you about a $10 solution to one safety issue I was
Unfortunately though, slippers did
not get named that because of the great traction experienced while
being worn. They slide and that can be dangerous. This problem was
most pronounced when stepping down into my forward cabin.
I know. You know.
We all know that was a dumb choice. Fortunately I did not fall, nor
break anything. I took the mishap as a wake-up call. The step had
become a dangerous spot.
I found what I needed on eBay from a seller located in Hong Kong. The price was less than $10 for 15 feet of two inch wide non-skid tape.
Carefully I cut
the a piece a bit longer than needed. Then I angle cut the corners.
Though not perfectly sized, this is definitely Good Enough. I can
state unequivocally that the addition of tape is a success. It
prevents me from sliding forward.
Happy boating, and thank you for reading.
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Topics of Interest:
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.
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:
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:
Do you want to help
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:
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23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.
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?
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.
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!