• Voyaging Challenges

    Voyaging Challenges

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    My first week of remote work was a bit of an adventure. The weekend before, I moved the boat to Cornett Bay inside Deception Pass. The bay is extremely well protected and lots of dock space is available in the State Marine Park there. Much to my chagrin, this bay was also ‘protected’ from cell phone signals. This time of year the old wood docks are covered in slime and slick as ice. As soon as I stepped off the boat, my foot went out…

  • dock

    Milestones

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Today is my first day of working remotely! My sole connection to the internet is my Verizon Jetpack 4G wifi hot spot. I’m attached to a mooring ball on the north side of Skagit Island. The southern wind is averaging 14 mph according to weather.com, but there is barely enough wind to make my wind turbine hum on this weather shore. Tomorrow’s winds are forecast for 25 mph, so I’ll see just how protected this anchorage is. I’ve been working for Skagit Publishing since the…

  • Tiny Floating Homes cover

    Tiny Floating Homes

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    I am proud to announce the publication of my second book! The title, Tiny Floating Homes – Turn a neglected boat into a comfortable tiny home, pretty much sums it up. Here is an excerpt from the books Introduction to explain in a little more detail what the book is about: This book is written from a first person perspective. It’s not an exhaustive reference on boat repair, there is a list of books that fit that label in the second chapter. Everything in this…

  • sailing sewing

    Sailing Hibernation

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    New Years weekend was another one worthy of the memory banks. I went with friends to Rosario Resort for New Years Eve. This marked the fourth time in five years that I’ve spend New Years Eve there. The Resort never disappoints, but it was only a small part of the trip. The weather got cold, sunny, and calm; the perfect winter cruising weather. After two days at the Resort, we slowly started heading back east. We stopped at Cypress Island on the last night out….

  • Hiking Cascade Lake

    New Year’s Resolutions

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Tis the season for life planning and reflection. It’s new year’s eve’s eve and I hadn’t given one minute of thought to changing my plans, but I just finished watching this awesome, free documentary on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and it got my gears turning. I have no desire to hike the PCT. Ever. But I have mad respect for the people who do, like Carrot Quinn, as well as anyone who makes hiking a focal point of their life year after year. You…

  • Fire Building Equipment

    Winter Cruising Essentials

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

    It seems there has been fewer cruisers this winter than any year I can remember. The weather has been typically foul for the months of November and December, so I suppose my observation is not terribly unusual. There is usually a lull in January and February where the winds calm down before picking up again for the months of March and April. If you’ve been cooped up at the dock and thought about heading out, this article will be of interest to you. For the…

  • Solace anchored at Saddlebag Island

    Escape the Gilded Cage

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

    When is a cage not a cage? How nice does it have to be? How big does it have to be to stop being a prison? How many choices do you need to forget that the limited options of A, B, or C is merely the illusion of choice? Long ago I developed my own concept of the ‘gilded cage’. That’s how I think of modern life. You think you’re free? Why don’t you go to the beach today? Think you own your home? Why…

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    Stepping the Mast

    Friday, December 4, 2015

    I’m less than an hour away from the dock and I feel like I’ve just dropped a hundred pounds of stress that have slowly accumulated onto my psyche over the last month. Strong winds yesterday and tomorrow, but this morning the wind was peeking at only 15 mph, so I used the window to escape the marina. I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test the repairs to the mast I just finished. Over the last month I stepped the mast, ripped out the…

  • snooty

    Snooty Marinas

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    I wanted to write this week about stepping my mast, but that project has been put on hold because of a snooty marina. What constitutes a snooty marina? Here is the definition of snooty: There is serious problem with gentrification of marinas and over the last few years I’ve noticed it getting progressively worse. The federal government isn’t helping, but beyond that negative force, marinas are progressively catering to a higher class of boater and marginalizing what I like to think of as ‘true boaters’….

  • carrot-quote-slider-size

    Becoming Minimalist

    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    I found some great motivational posts on Facebook over the last week. These sorts of things go viral because they appeal to people, but what I once suspected were simply base, motivational statements now ring with the clarity of truth. I’ve come so far in the last three years. I started out as a miserable fuck, slaving away in a cubical. I had the conventional lifestyle locked down: a cushy corporate job, an awesome wife, a cute little house in an old, safe neighborhood, two…

  • Data-24

    Dana 24

    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    This week has been productive. It’s refreshing to be able to say that. I’ve been stuck in transitory limbo for the last couple months, moving from a cruising lifestyle to a lifestyle of winter work life. Summertime cruising feels great, but it also feels good to get into a productive work routine and know that each week I’m a little bit further ahead financially than the last. I’ve managed to change my work schedule to Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday. I’ve been camping in the van near…

  • Van Living

    Alternative Housing

    Sunday, October 25, 2015

    Let’s face it: Living on a boat is hard. There are significant barriers in terms of both cost and experience. Experienced cruisers are the most stoic people I’ve ever met. Very few people who try at cruising succeed in the long term. It’s simply not a practical lifestyle for most people. VanDwelling on the other hand is catching like wild fire. Since beginning my amphibious lifestyle I’ve been pleasantly overwhelmed with the number of people who are successfully and enthusiastically living in vehicles. When considering…

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    As Good As It Gets?

    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Throughout my twenties, I was haunted by the question, “Is this as good as it gets?” Prior to my twenties, I was growing and the question never entered my mind. It was the introduction of adult nostalgia for high school that inspired that fateful, introspective question. For many people, high school seemed to be their ‘golden years’, as good as it got for them. That seemed really sad to me. Later, in college, I met even more adults who reflected on their college days as…

  • ferry

    Back to Anacortes

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Cypress Island seems to be the center of my universe. My life rotates around it. I’m in Anacortes, then I’m in Friday Harbor. I’m in Canada, then I’m in Oregon. It’s an elliptical orbit to be sure. This winter my revolutions have brought me back to Anacortes. I had my heart set on Friday Harbor, but a new, part-time job on the mainland forced the decision. I’ll be working as a website designer for a local newspaper. At the same time, I’ll be building up…

  • Camper Van

    Birthing a Brain Child

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    For the last two weeks I’ve been visiting family and working on my van in Portland. I purchased the van on my way out of town during my last visit and it had been patiently waiting for me to give it a thorough inspection and a little TLC. My new home-on-wheels is a 1995 Gulfstream full-sized GMC van with a V8 Chevy 350 engine. I chose a van with a Chevy 350 engine and mid-90’s era body because both are very easy to work on….

Voyaging Challenges

Voyaging Challenges

My first week of remote work was a bit of an adventure. The weekend before, I moved the boat to Cornett Bay inside Deception Pass. The bay is extremely well protected and lots of dock space is available in the State Marine Park there. Much to my chagrin, this bay was also ‘protected’ from cell phone signals. This time of year the old wood docks are covered in slime and slick as ice. As soon as I stepped off the boat, my foot went out…

dock

Milestones

Today is my first day of working remotely! My sole connection to the internet is my Verizon Jetpack 4G wifi hot spot. I’m attached to a mooring ball on the north side of Skagit Island. The southern wind is averaging 14 mph according to weather.com, but there is barely enough wind to make my wind turbine hum on this weather shore. Tomorrow’s winds are forecast for 25 mph, so I’ll see just how protected this anchorage is. I’ve been working for Skagit Publishing since the…

Tiny Floating Homes cover

Tiny Floating Homes

I am proud to announce the publication of my second book! The title, Tiny Floating Homes – Turn a neglected boat into a comfortable tiny home, pretty much sums it up. Here is an excerpt from the books Introduction to explain in a little more detail what the book is about: This book is written from a first person perspective. It’s not an exhaustive reference on boat repair, there is a list of books that fit that label in the second chapter. Everything in this…

sailing sewing

Sailing Hibernation

New Years weekend was another one worthy of the memory banks. I went with friends to Rosario Resort for New Years Eve. This marked the fourth time in five years that I’ve spend New Years Eve there. The Resort never disappoints, but it was only a small part of the trip. The weather got cold, sunny, and calm; the perfect winter cruising weather. After two days at the Resort, we slowly started heading back east. We stopped at Cypress Island on the last night out….

Hiking Cascade Lake

New Year’s Resolutions

Tis the season for life planning and reflection. It’s new year’s eve’s eve and I hadn’t given one minute of thought to changing my plans, but I just finished watching this awesome, free documentary on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and it got my gears turning. I have no desire to hike the PCT. Ever. But I have mad respect for the people who do, like Carrot Quinn, as well as anyone who makes hiking a focal point of their life year after year. You…

Fire Building Equipment

Winter Cruising Essentials

It seems there has been fewer cruisers this winter than any year I can remember. The weather has been typically foul for the months of November and December, so I suppose my observation is not terribly unusual. There is usually a lull in January and February where the winds calm down before picking up again for the months of March and April. If you’ve been cooped up at the dock and thought about heading out, this article will be of interest to you. For the…

Solace anchored at Saddlebag Island

Escape the Gilded Cage

When is a cage not a cage? How nice does it have to be? How big does it have to be to stop being a prison? How many choices do you need to forget that the limited options of A, B, or C is merely the illusion of choice? Long ago I developed my own concept of the ‘gilded cage’. That’s how I think of modern life. You think you’re free? Why don’t you go to the beach today? Think you own your home? Why…

stepping-the-mast

Stepping the Mast

I’m less than an hour away from the dock and I feel like I’ve just dropped a hundred pounds of stress that have slowly accumulated onto my psyche over the last month. Strong winds yesterday and tomorrow, but this morning the wind was peeking at only 15 mph, so I used the window to escape the marina. I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test the repairs to the mast I just finished. Over the last month I stepped the mast, ripped out the…

snooty

Snooty Marinas

I wanted to write this week about stepping my mast, but that project has been put on hold because of a snooty marina. What constitutes a snooty marina? Here is the definition of snooty: There is serious problem with gentrification of marinas and over the last few years I’ve noticed it getting progressively worse. The federal government isn’t helping, but beyond that negative force, marinas are progressively catering to a higher class of boater and marginalizing what I like to think of as ‘true boaters’….

carrot-quote-slider-size

Becoming Minimalist

I found some great motivational posts on Facebook over the last week. These sorts of things go viral because they appeal to people, but what I once suspected were simply base, motivational statements now ring with the clarity of truth. I’ve come so far in the last three years. I started out as a miserable fuck, slaving away in a cubical. I had the conventional lifestyle locked down: a cushy corporate job, an awesome wife, a cute little house in an old, safe neighborhood, two…

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