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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.

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!

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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.

Date: 28 August 2020. Shaft Key Alert.

janice142

I missed something Very important in my How Shaft Keys Work article. While here in the boatyard I realized my mistake. Today I'll tell you what else you need to know in this brief vignette.
 

One component of my visit to the boatyard was the elimination of under the water openings that no longer serve their intended purpose. For instance, at the transom I had two exhaust pipes from the original engine. Those HUGE holes were capped as a temporary measure several years ago.



Capping both inside the hull and outside three inch holes under the waterline was not the smartest of decisions. Translation: DON'T DO IT! This choice was stupid, albeit necessitated by budget.
 

I had the current boatyard remove the original bronze exhaust pipes. Salt Creek Boatyard glassed over those HUGE holes. The quality of Salt Creek's glass work is a-okay.
 

Temporary repairs often are
utilized FAR LONGER than
anticipated at inception.
 

 

When I took the picture of the holes, I noticed something I had not realized previously.

 

 

Can you see what I missed in the How Shaft Keys Work article?

 




A piece of STAINLESS STEEL BAR
STOCK
is utilized in my rudder system.


There is also a key at the top of the rudder post. On mine it is a different size from the ones used at Seaweed's propeller and transmission coupler. Thus I would suggest for you to measure your rudder post key and order that size bar stock too.

Note: I bought my solid stainless bar stock from Midwest Steel and Aluminum (763-582-1925) which is based in the United States.



The ones needed for my rudder post are 1/4" square.
 

I do apologize for not telling you previously about the rudder key. It slipped my mind. As I have never had to replace this item, I cannot say how long that it should or will last. Because this is a relatively inexpensive item, I bought spares.
 

On Seaweed the rudder bar stock/key enables the boat to turn. I consider this item essential. Even though I have never had a break, purchasing spares seemed prudent. What I did not know until recently is that the rudder bar stock on my boat is a smaller size than the shaft keys. That is why I now have both in my spare parts inventory.
 

I've been busy while at the boatyard. More frequent and shorter vignettes are upcoming. Thanks for reading.

 
Comments welcome and encouraged on the
Shaft Key Alert page.

Categories: Gear, In the Bilges, Locations, Vignettes,

 

Announcement: Folks who want to be notified when I post are welcome to become subscribers. I email readers every time a new article goes up. That's usually once or twice per week. 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 published on my website.

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Archive

The Archive holds a chronological list of every item published on my website. It includes a brief synopsis (not just the title) along with the topics covered in each article.

Click on the title and voila: you're there. Enjoy!




Skipper, First Mate extraordinaire


Of course every boat needs a Deck Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix. She weighs in at five pounds.


Coming soon ...

 


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.)


Aphorisms

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 in St. Pete 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. 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:

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

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

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:
 


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:

  • Pets afloat (include pet and boat name please)

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

  • Photos of people enjoying life in or on the water

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I 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 bunches!

My email address is janice@janice142.com


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.


click picture to enlarge

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

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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