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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 Comfort page
Decadence aboard

Aphorism Alert:  Things get worse under pressure.

Decadence aboard

~ listed chronologically, as posted ~

I am woman and at this stage in my life (think "vintage")  roughing it isn't an option. I value my comfortable existence and here's how I've achieved same. This is basically your nautical version of a successful off-the-grid and on a small boat existence. Although the budget would not allow paying for dockage, my home is set up so that I have all a person could wish for, plus amazing views, starry nights like you cannot imagine, and more.

Life afloat is awesome, and here is how I manage to make it so:

  1. Peachy Chicken

  2. Autumn Preparations

  3. Trolling Motor Woes

  4. More Trolling Motors

  5. Screening Seaweed

  6. Going Batty

  7. Glasses

  8. Making the Right Choice

  9. Portlight Pretties

  10. As Winter Approaches

  11. Abandon Ship!

  12. Why Be Normal

  13. Quite the Sight

  14. Christmas Aboard 2013

  15. Heaters Debunked

  16. In the Head

  17. Food in Foil

  18. Manatee Moves

  19. What Used Boat?

  20. Showers Aboard (water saving tips)

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

  22. Warm Fuzzies (winter bedding)

  23. Bandwidth Blues (internet afloat)

  24. Fuzzy Fixed (and manifold update)

  25. Boat Shoes Inside

  26. Decadence Required

  27. Screening My Hatch (eBay advice)

  28. Project Management

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

  30. Learning about Life Afloat (a checklist)

  31. Foaming Soap Dispenser (how to)

  32. Portlight Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival)

  33. Boat Search for Beginners (DIY survey)

  34. DIY Bigelow Teas ( and engine swap update)

  35. Screen Update

  36. Air Conditioning

  37. Baby Wipes

  38. Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Batteries

  39. Hoops and Loops

  40. Moby-Cool a/c cover Tweak

  41. Fast Window Curtains (a thrift store recycle)

  42. Christmas Connections

  43. Watermaker Wish Coming True

  44. Sailboat in Gulfport

  45. Buying a Big Boat (part 2)

  46. Sheet Trick

  47. On Island Time (Schucker 440 Motorsailor)

  48. Summertime Computer Woes

  49. Handy Heater Review

  50. Paralyzed by Planning (includes sundries list)

  51. Draft Prevention using Foam

  52. Clothes in the Bilges

  53. Tablecloth becomes Screens

  54. Sun Damaged Fabric Fix - Curtain Repair

  55. My Life Afloat Decision (Alz advice too)

  56. Best Choice Washer

  57. Saving on Kleenex (handkerchiefs)

  58. Tips for Cooling the Boat

  59. Inexpensive Draft Stopper

  60. Multimeter Improvement (clamps)

  61. Cheesecake (easy no milk/no bake method)

  62. Inexpensive Fan Option

  63. Alex Moody's Carafe

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

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

  66. Christmas Concludes 2021 (Elf on Shelf edition)

  67. Watermaker Woes

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

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


  71. coming soon




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You can achieve a simple satisfying life


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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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