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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

Aphorism Alert: The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950.

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. Finding  Your Boat Series

  73. Installing Refrigerator Fans

  74. Composting Toilet How-To

  75. Refrigerator Latches

  76. Locker Latch Alignment

  77. Backing Plate Concerns

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

  79. Rescue Tape Saves Boats

  80. Rope Trim (stain and varnish wood)

  81. Welding Shop and a Riser

  82. Portlight Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival)

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

  84. Falling Overboard

  85. Electric Drill Repair

  86. Making a Towel Rack

  87. Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too)

  88. Buy and Install Levels

  89. Spare Prop has Swap Potential

  90. Screen Update

  91. Air Conditioning

  92. Batteries Store Power

  93. Solar Makes Power

  94. Power Used Aboard Seaweed

  95. Inverters Make AC Power

  96. Solar, Batteries and an Inverter

  97. Red Fish, Green Fish (visual clues)

  98. Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Batteries

  99. Toy Bails Dinghy

  100. Safety Nets

  101. Marking my Paddles (dinghy safety equipment)

  102. Boat Buying Decisions (what is important?)

  103. Moby-Cool a/c cover Tweak

  104. Moby-Cool a/c cover Installed

  105. Bolt Sizing Primer

  106. All's Well aboard Seaweed

  107. Cup-holder Repair

  108. Seaweed's Dryer Bar

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

  110. Watermaker Wish Coming True

  111. Meet the Culprit (styptic)

  112. Drying Damp Books

  113. Sailboat in Gulfport

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

  115. Magnifier

  116. Buying a Big Boat (part 1)

  117. Buying a Big Boat (part 2)

  118. Sheet Trick

  119. On Island Time (Schucker 440 Motorsailor)

  120. Summertime Computer Woes

  121. Anchor Locker Leak Fixed

  122. Drain Cleaner

  123. Hurricane Irma (part 2)

  124. Hurricane Irma Saga

  125. Handy Heater Review

  126. Paralyzed by Planning (includes sundries list)

  127. Draft Prevention using Foam

  128. Alternator Bracket Pattern (how to)

  129. Upsizing the Alternator - My Mistake

  130. Scorpion Vacuum and Kindle Fire Questions

  131. Making a Plug-In AC Voltage Meter

  132. Dock Lines from Halyards (snubber too)

  133. Voltage Meters for the Batteries

  134. Diagnosing a Bad Battery

  135. Clothes in the Bilges

  136. Proper Attachment of a Terminal End

  137. St. Pete's Electro Battery

  138. Stacking Battery Cables

  139. Tablecloth becomes Screens

  140. Nautical Swap Purchases - Handles

  141. Attaching Wires to the Bulkhead

  142. Refrigerator Power Requirements - Part One

  143. Generating Power - Part Two

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

  145. Powering the Refrigerator - The Complete Series.

  146. Routine Maintenance and the Thimble

  147. Laundry Bag (and Captiva Island)

  148. Beckson Plate Fix

  149. Washing Dishes and Saving Water

  150. Fixing a 24-hour Clock

  151. Routine Maintenance of Hose Clamps

  152. Making a Laptop Stand (and computer advice)

  153. Clothespins and Hanger Advice

  154. Pilothouse Window Opener Sought

  155. Hurricane Michael (with Carrabelle pictures)

  156. Halloween 2018

  157. Hiding the VHF Hole

  158. Energy Efficient Christmas Lights

  159. Pilothouse AC Power Solution

  160. Battery Check and Cheater Method

  161. Catalytic Heater Won't Light Remedy

  162. Battery Cap Fiasco

  163. Best Choice Washer

  164. Dating for Boaters - Part 3

  165. Dating for Boaters (summary)

  166. Broken Arm Lessons

  167. Saving on Kleenex (handkerchiefs)

  168. Diverting Portlight Drips (paper towel edition)

  169. Tips for Cooling the Boat

  170. Clean and Soften Old Ropes

  171. Box of Small Stuff (line)

  172. Petroleum Jelly aboard a Boat

  173. Inexpensive Handle Fix

  174. VHF by my Bunk (spare radio)

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

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

  177. Shaft and Propeller Keys

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

  179. Inexpensive Draft Stopper

  180. Multimeter Repair

  181. Multimeter Improvement (clamps)

  182. Microgreens Shelves Installed (part 4)

  183. Microgreens Aboard Seaweed (series)

  184. Preventing Injury, Step Edition

  185. How Shaft Keys Work

  186. Keeping Hands Flexible

  187. New Flares

  188. Apple Cider Vinegar VS Fruit Flies

  189. Bilge Oil and Water Removal

  190. Shaft Key Alert

  191. New Alternator Bracket

  192. Lightning Strike series Conclusion (part 2)

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

  194. Computer Mistake (off-grid error)

  195. Screen Solution (newest version)

  196. Power to Obtain Freedom (penguin request)

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

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

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

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

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

  202. And in Conclusion (#6 in series)

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

  204. Daddy's Bottom Scraper

  205. Creating a Private Cabin

  206. Temporary Thru-Hull Fix (part 2)

  207. Thru-Hull Leak Series

  208. Soapbox:  Ladder Edition

  209. Watermaker Woes

  210. WD-40 versus Starting Fluid

  211. Estate Sale Book Finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  220. Operator Error re New Computer

  221. After Hurricane Ian  (part 2)

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

  223. Marineland of Florida

  224. Madeira Beach Nautical Flea Market

  225. Nicole Necessity (grapnel hook)

  226. Dawn Detergent

  227. Struggling with Stuff

  228. Fixing Amazon Links

  229. Bait Bucket Blues

  230. 50 Amp 125/250 Volt Power Plug Wiring How-To (4-wires)

  231. Troubleshooting a 50A Power Leg Problem.

  232. 50A Power Cord Option to Save Money

  233. Waters of Idalia

  234. 8awg Selector Switch Needed


  236. coming soon

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