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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 Pets page
Boat life with four paws

Aphorism Alert: I can't say it too often: Being on a boat, being on the water, brings a smile to my face, and joy to my heart. Sid aka sunseeker1.

Boat life with four paws

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Your boating pet photos welcome via Email

One pet featured per week. Yours could be next!

~ listed chronologically, as posted ~

  1. Silence Reigns (Saul Creek)

  2. Autumn Preparations

  3. First Mate

  4. Trolling Motor Woes

  5. More Trolling Motors

  6. Going Batty

  7. Abandon Ship!

  8. Carrabelle Sparkles

  9. Making Friends

  10. Air Horn Saves the Day

  11. Pelican Visits Algae

  12. Blowing Bubbles

  13. The Heat Index

  14. I Did It

  15. Music in the Morning

  16. Cooler Handle Repair

  17. Manatee Moves

  18. Bilge Pump OUCH

  19. Anatomy of a Gulf Crossing (departure planning)

  20. Seldom Bored

  21. DeWalt Drill Fix

  22. Pet Poop Primer (it's not horrid!)

  23. Flavored Coffees (economical versions)

  24. Leaving Steinhatchee (and engine update)

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

  26. Trash Solutions

  27. Birds on Boats

  28. Spook-tacular circa 2014

  29. The Helm (in comments section)

  30. Dallas and the Pelican

  31. Building a Locker (Part 2)

  32. Greenery (plant growing afloat)

  33. Anchor Light for Dinghy

  34. Dolphin Moment

  35. Fuzzy Fixed (and manifold update)

  36. Music aboard Seaweed (Alzheimer's too)

  37. Laundry Hauling Made Easier

  38. Songbird in Water

  39. Cruising in Tandem

  40. Take Small Bites (de-cluttering)

  41. Finding Your Boat (part 3)

  42. Finding Your Boat Series

  43. Canning Taco Soup

  44. From Carrabelle to St. Pete (via truck)

  45. Composting Toilet How-To (in comments section)

  46. Securing the Microwave

  47. Foaming Soap Dispenser (how to)

  48. Pet ID Tags

  49. Imaginary Friends IRL (in real life)

  50. Personalizing Your Home (in comments section)

  51. Electric Drill Repair

  52. Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too)

  53. The Birds (ordering iced coffee)

  54. Inverters Make AC Power

  55. Solar, Batteries and an Inverter

  56. Hoops and Loops

  57. Report on Colin (a tropical storm)

  58. Safety Nets

  59. Cup-holder Repair

  60. Seaweed's Dryer Bar

  61. Naming Your Dinghy

  62. Disney 2017

  63. Meet the Culprit (styptic)

  64. Gulfport, FL weekend dockmaster Tom

  65. Finding a Veterinarian

  66. Is a 34' boat Big Enough?

  67. Drain Cleaner

  68. Hurricane Irma (part 1)

  69. Hurricane Irma (part 3)

  70. Hurricane Irma Saga

  71. Glass Dishes (elegance afloat)

  72. Paralyzed by Planning (includes sundries list)

  73. Dock Lines from Halyards (snubber too)

  74. Storm Update 29 May 2018 (and boat insurance fiasco)

  75. A Day of Reckoning (the diet)

  76. Refrigerator Power Requirements - Part One

  77. Powering the Refrigerator - The Complete Series.

  78. Julia and the Fabric Postcard by Jan

  79. Routine Maintenance and the Thimble

  80. Hurricane Michael (with Carrabelle pictures)

  81. Pilothouse AC Power Solution

  82. Dating for Boaters - Part 4

  83. Dating for Boaters - Part 5

  84. Dating for Boaters (summary)

  85. Broken Arm Lessons

  86. Running the Hounds

  87. Mucket the Mallard Drake

  88. The Newest

  89. Keeping Hands Flexible

  90. The List (swim platform edition)

  91. Lightning Strike and Errors Made (part 1)

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

  93. Alex Moody's Carafe

  94. Seaweed's New Address

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

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

  97. Turtle Time

  98. Christmas Concludes 2021 (Elf on Shelf edition)

  99. Online Purchase Mistake

  100. Watermaker Woes

  101. Inverter Friendly Pancake Griddle

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

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

  104. Before Hurricane Ian Arrived (part 1)

  105. After Hurricane Ian  (part 2)

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

  107. Marineland of Florida

  108. Madeira Beach Nautical Flea Market

  109. Nicole Necessity (grapnel hook)

  110. Expensive Tomatoes

  111. Brokenhearted on 27 February 2023

  112. Rules for Life

  113. Waters of Idalia


  115. coming soon

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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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