Boat Curtains

DIY Boat Curtains

The best time to buy a stock is when the price is low, the best time to buy fruit is when it’s in season, and the best time to prepare for winter is in the summer. That last tip is the focus of this post. I plan to continue to live aboard Solace this winter. In addition to insulating the hull, I have also had the plan to create curtains for all the windows and hatches. When it was cold out, I would routinely hold…

Mary Leach Natural Area, Sinclair Island

“Wait a minute… you guys! There is a piece of public land on Sinclair Island that I read about. Apparently there was a lady who donated her land to the public before she died. Let’s go find it!” …That’s how our little expedition got underway. My friends Andy and Izak will be joining me on my 250 mile sail to Texada Island in September. They will each have their own boats and our small regatta plans to storm Canada together. This weekend we rendezvoused at…

Blind Bay, Shaw Island

Blue Camas and Yellow Death-Camas

It took three hours to reach Blind Bay, motoring the whole way from Skyline in Anacortes. I had calm weather and a significant flood tide helping me. Entering Thatcher Pass on a flood tide or leaving the islands through it on a ebb tide works great. Try that with the opposite tide, and it can turn into a nasty piece of water. All the passes are like that though, but Thatcher is probably the worst because of all the traffic. The sheer rock walls rebroadcast…

Ahhh… Summer

Enjoying a Buccaneer US Yacht 25

I have to admit that this warm, sunny weather is making me feel like a worthless turd. Those sunny rays are my kryptonite. When they hit me, I melt into a quivering puddle of beer-drinking laziness. I can barely muster the strength to strike this keyboard. I’ve gotten good over the years at transmuting frustration and disgruntlement into the fuel needed to push forward with boat projects. But I have no weapons against satisfaction and contentment. They leave me helpless, lazily basking, with no urges…

Making It Mine

Making_It_Mine

A boat is just a boat. It only becomes your boat when you put your energy into it; when you take it apart, inspect it’s components and put it back together. Until that point it’s just so much fiberglass, wood, and steel. I find that I harbor a trepidation against all new components that I add to the boat until I’ve taken them apart and rebuilt them. Until that time, I always half-expect it to blow up and misbehave when I turn my back or…

Circumnavigating Lopez Island

Circumnavigating Lopez Island

Last weekend found me with perfect weather and nothing better to do than circumnavigate Lopez Island. Along the way I met Alan of ArtOfHookie.org, ran aground, hit a log, lost my hat overboard, rescued a lost dog, and had a great time. Friday Winds were forecast on Friday at 12 mph from the southwest and a slack tide. I have a healthy scepticism this time of year that the weather will behave anything like the forecasts. This turned out to be an excellent example of…

Debt Freedom (original post)

This original post inspired this page that tracks my progress towards debt freedom. Please check it out! For the last six months, I’ve been working hard to get my sailboat safe, fully functional, and livable. I am happy to announce that I have achieved all the goals I set out, and now, as of April 1st, I am officially living aboard full time. Living aboard a boat has been a long-time goal of mine because it is a ‘lily pad’, creating jumping off point for…

Spring in the San Juan Islands

As I sat down on the ferry, I looked out the window. Over the space of five seconds, I saw five unique species of bird. Cormorants perched atop the pilings, scanning the water below for an easy meal to swim by. Ever-present pigeons and seagulls lazily flying along the shore. A large, beautiful merganser, a migratory sea bird that will soon head back north. And finally, another black and white migratory waterfowl that I can’t identify yet. On the walk down to the ferry, I…

Mating on Cypress Island

Moored in Eagle Harbor

As I headed across the opening of the harbor, I was rewarded with the sight of a bald eagle gliding low over the water with a fish clasped in its talons. A couple seagulls were screaming bloody murder, which meant they thought the eagle stole it from them somehow. Shortly after pulling the dingy up to the beach, I crouched down to reset my GPS. At the familiar chirp of a bald eagle, I looked up to see three eagles flying in my directions –…

Boat Insulation – Part 3

Boat Insulation

This is part three of a three part series. Be sure to check out part one and part two. I finally finished fiberglassing in the hemlock ‘studs’ that will be used as scaffolding to support the upholstery and insulation. The final step was to mount the insulation and upholstery. Unlike a house, almost nothing on a boat is ‘square’ as the concept of ‘level’ doesn’t really exist on a boat. When trying to retrofit anything in tight quarters, construction become even more difficult. My friend…

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