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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.

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Be safe! Plus medicine locker contents.

Aphorism Alert:  The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won't. H.W. Beecher.

Be safe!

~ listed chronologically, as posted ~

  1. First Mates

  2. Going Batty

  3. As Winter Approaches

  4. Outside the Box (fire extinguisher hint)

  5. Air Horn Saves the Day

  6. We've Seen Worse

  7. Pan-Pan Ponderings

  8. Fog

  9. (Joshua Slocum's) Spray replica Anja

  10. Manatee Moves

  11. Anchor Down

  12. Bilge Pump OUCH

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

  14. Emergency Anchor Up (OpenCPN info too)

  15. Spook-tacular circa 2014

  16. Electrical Field versus Compass (Captain Murphy)

  17. Windlass is Necessary (for me)

  18. Anchor Light for Dinghy

  19. What Not To Do (smart anchoring)

  20. Stabilize a Hard Dinghy (inexpensive how-to)

  21. More Emergency Anchor Up Info

  22. Power Cord Primer

  23. Windlass Debris becomes Handhold

  24. Anchor Ball

  25. Inexpensive Line Cutter

  26. Boat Etiquette 101: Permission to board

  27. On the St. John's River

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

  29. Falling Overboard

  30. Boat Noises

  31. Red Fish, Green Fish (visual clues)

  32. Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Batteries

  33. Hoops and Loops

  34. Report on Colin (a tropical storm)

  35. Safety Nets

  36. Marking my Paddles (dinghy safety equipment)

  37. Naming Your Dinghy

  38. Missing Medicines

  39. How to Pick an Outboard Motor

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

  41. On Island Time (Schucker 440 Motorsailor)

  42. Hurricane Irma (part 1)

  43. Hurricane Irma (part 2)

  44. Hurricane Irma (part 3)

  45. Hurricane Irma (part 4)

  46. Hurricane Irma Saga

  47. Storm and Hurricane Info Links

  48. Washing Dishes and Saving Water

  49. Hurricane Michael (with Carrabelle pictures)

  50. Dating for Boaters - Part 4

  51. Dating for Boaters (summary)

  52. Broken Arm Lessons

  53. Visiting Manatees (plus boatyard plans)

  54. Preventing Injury, Step Edition

  55. Credit Card Compromised

  56. To the Boatyard

  57. New Flares

  58. The List (swim platform edition)

  59. Thanksgiving 2020 and Shopping

  60. Lightning Strike series Conclusion (part 2)

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

  62. Matt's Loss (sad news)

  63. Christmas 2021

  64. Creating a Private Cabin

  65. Witch Hazel

  66. Soapbox:  Ladder Edition

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

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

  69. Before Hurricane Ian Arrived (part 1)

  70. After Hurricane Ian  (part 2)

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

  72. Nicole Necessity (grapnel hook)

  73. Brokenhearted on 27 February 2023

  74. Rules for Life

  75. A New Age in Boating (part 1)

  76. A New Age in Boating (part 3)

  77. A New Age in Boating (part 4)

  78. A New Age in Boating Series


  80. 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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