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    Another Day In Paradise

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Like a pendulum swinging back, I got my need for solitude satisfied by a few days alone on Cypress Island. The next weekend was time to celebrate Julie’s last day of work. She was a successful digital nomad until she moved to San Juan Island. There she accepted a government job. The promise of a steady paycheck meant financial safety while she acclimated to her new environment. It wasn’t long before the shackles of an office worker began to rub her raw. Once again she…

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    Finding Tranquility

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    I’ll tell ya, I never quite find my zen like I do when I am at Cypress Island. When I left, my skin was crawling with disgust at modern life. My bank account was severely dented by van registration, boat registration, tow insurance, and fishing license fees all due at the same time. And of course I’m already feeling paranoid about ‘the man’ getting his grubby little hands on my pocket book so soon after filing my taxes. My last stop before cutting the dock…

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    A Perfect Blur

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    I hate sail bloggers that don’t post regularly. But sometimes, life is so good, it’s hard to worry about the digital world that may or may not be anticipating your next post. So, Dear Reader, I will attempt to bring you up to speed on what I’ve been up to. But it’s life. It has no simple narrative, no character progression, no arc. It’s a random jumble of experiences that does not easily flow onto a page. I spent a week in Portland, my old…

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    Code Pirate

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    I haven’t been writing much English lately because I’ve been writing so much code. Besides the 21 hours per week I do for my job, I’ve also been spending a lot of time playing with the idea of starting my own Open Value Network (OVN) for Raspberry Pi developers. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer with a funny name. Right now I’m programming one to track my boat’s position and update the Find Solace Page. Eventually I will program it to steer my…

  • Anchored in a storm

    Riding the Pineapple Express

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    March 8th After five hours of heavy weather sailing, I stare at awe when things stay where I put them. I fluff a pillow and put it back from the center of the boat where everything piles up. A half hour later, it’s still where I put it! I got used to things flying across the boat every time I tacked. I’m anchored off Sucia Island and things are finally calm. This blustery March weather has been dubbed a Pineapple Express; a series of storm…

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    Sailing for a Purpose

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

    The wind would be coming from the southeast all weekend. Good sailing wind: more than 10mph, but less than 20mph. The tides were mostly ebbing during the day, trying to suck a boat south, conflicting with a downwind run heading north. Julie and I had four days to have a sailing adventure. We set out at 8AM on Friday morning, attempting to ride as much slack water as possible before the ebb tide would rob our progress. I intended to sail northwest from Anacortes to…

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    Boat Office

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Now that I’m working remotely, I decided that I need a dedicated desk area, designed ergonomically, to support my marathon writing and programming endeavors. I’d been casing the starboard, aft quarter berth as the potential site of my new desk area. To be honest, I’ve been trying to imagine a desk in this corner of the boat for the better part of two years. To date, the quarter berth has been used largely for storage. A huge cushion covered the access to three storage lockers….

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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….

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

20160401_193310

Another Day In Paradise

Like a pendulum swinging back, I got my need for solitude satisfied by a few days alone on Cypress Island. The next weekend was time to celebrate Julie’s last day of work. She was a successful digital nomad until she moved to San Juan Island. There she accepted a government job. The promise of a steady paycheck meant financial safety while she acclimated to her new environment. It wasn’t long before the shackles of an office worker began to rub her raw. Once again she…

solo sailor

Finding Tranquility

I’ll tell ya, I never quite find my zen like I do when I am at Cypress Island. When I left, my skin was crawling with disgust at modern life. My bank account was severely dented by van registration, boat registration, tow insurance, and fishing license fees all due at the same time. And of course I’m already feeling paranoid about ‘the man’ getting his grubby little hands on my pocket book so soon after filing my taxes. My last stop before cutting the dock…

IMG_7911

A Perfect Blur

I hate sail bloggers that don’t post regularly. But sometimes, life is so good, it’s hard to worry about the digital world that may or may not be anticipating your next post. So, Dear Reader, I will attempt to bring you up to speed on what I’ve been up to. But it’s life. It has no simple narrative, no character progression, no arc. It’s a random jumble of experiences that does not easily flow onto a page. I spent a week in Portland, my old…

20160310_132233

Code Pirate

I haven’t been writing much English lately because I’ve been writing so much code. Besides the 21 hours per week I do for my job, I’ve also been spending a lot of time playing with the idea of starting my own Open Value Network (OVN) for Raspberry Pi developers. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer with a funny name. Right now I’m programming one to track my boat’s position and update the Find Solace Page. Eventually I will program it to steer my…

Anchored in a storm

Riding the Pineapple Express

March 8th After five hours of heavy weather sailing, I stare at awe when things stay where I put them. I fluff a pillow and put it back from the center of the boat where everything piles up. A half hour later, it’s still where I put it! I got used to things flying across the boat every time I tacked. I’m anchored off Sucia Island and things are finally calm. This blustery March weather has been dubbed a Pineapple Express; a series of storm…

IMG_7800

Sailing for a Purpose

The wind would be coming from the southeast all weekend. Good sailing wind: more than 10mph, but less than 20mph. The tides were mostly ebbing during the day, trying to suck a boat south, conflicting with a downwind run heading north. Julie and I had four days to have a sailing adventure. We set out at 8AM on Friday morning, attempting to ride as much slack water as possible before the ebb tide would rob our progress. I intended to sail northwest from Anacortes to…

boat-desk

Boat Office

Now that I’m working remotely, I decided that I need a dedicated desk area, designed ergonomically, to support my marathon writing and programming endeavors. I’d been casing the starboard, aft quarter berth as the potential site of my new desk area. To be honest, I’ve been trying to imagine a desk in this corner of the boat for the better part of two years. To date, the quarter berth has been used largely for storage. A huge cushion covered the access to three storage lockers….

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…

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