Transitioning to a Liveaboard

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I love crisis! My wife and I have ‘officially’ moved aboard. No more staying at the house. We sleep on the boat every night. I have dreamt of this day for so long, that even after a week, it still hasn’t fully sunk in. But transition to life aboard is never painless. I have read widely in the boating forums and all the liveaboard transition stories I’ve read have had unpleasant surprises as a common thread. We were no different. We spent the entire weekend…

Port Angeles – A Cruiser’s Haven

safe_anchorage_in_puget_sound

A reader of the blog sent me an awesome email. Not only is he a kindred soul, we have many experiences in common. His knowledge of Port Angeles and the western Puget Sound was so impressive, that I decided to share an edited version here (with his permission). Hi Chris, I’ve been following your blog. It’s very entertaining and also inspiring to see someone your age actually thinking about life and how to live it. I had a similar dream to yours – i.e. living…

The Nature of Evil

depiction of the devil

Warning: Explicit material ahead. The bad dream I had below contains references to sexuality and murder. I just woke up from a vivid and elaborate dream. It was so powerful and so meaningful to me, I felt compelled to get out of bed, write it down, and ultimately, share it here. In the dream, my wife and I were harassed by a man. Throughout the weeks and months that existed in our dream lives, he constantly threatened us. He threatened our lives and attempted to…

Early Spring Edible Nettles

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Foraging season has officially begun! Yaaaaaay! I’ve been anxiously watching for some sign of new growth on my morning walks. Today I was treated to two awesome sights: stinging nettle buds and indian plum sprouts! Stinging edible nettles are an early spring plant that are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound relied on this plant for these nutrients. Not only are they healthy, they are one of the truly tasty wild plants. You can read a short…

How To Work With Fiberglass

how to fix fiberglass

Over the next month, I’m going to write a series of instructional posts on how to work with fiberglass and do common types of fiberglass restoration on a boat. This first article explains an overview of how to work with fiberglass and do basic repairs. The second article will show you how to use fiberglass resin. I’ve done a ton of fiberglass repair on the Rock ‘n Row already, and I still have a bit more left to do. I never took any classes on…

Eagle Harbor Washington and Reed Lake Hiking Trail

eagle harbor wa

My wife and I spent a beautiful weekend in Eagle Harbor (washington), just off the coast of Cypress Island. We are truly experiencing the Halcyon Days here in the San Juan Islands. The weather is crisp, calm, and sunny. This weather should last on and off between now and the middle of February. Then the winds will pick up again until about May. Our trip this weekend was a bit spur of the moment. The weather was so nice on Saturday, we decided to head…

Money & Paycheck Dependence

money and paycheck dependence

I just gave my resignation today. In exactly four months, I’ll be a free man – free from a paycheck. I’ve managed to save more than six months of living expenses, so I’m not worried about living without a paycheck for a while. More importantly however, I am hoping to use this savings to help ween me off the need for a paycheck. I plan to use this time to focus on making money as superfluous in my life as possible. What I mean by…

New Year’s Eve at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island

Rosario resort

It feels really good to be back out on the Rock ‘n Row again. She’s been docked up since October while I’ve been doing some much needed work in the engine compartment – tuning the engines, cleaning the bilge, installing a bilge pump, fiberglassing in a new bulkhead, and installing raw water pumps among other things. This trip feels particularly good because my brother and his wife joined us for a New Year’s trip to Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. After all the work, it’s…

Installing a Bilge Pump

bilge pump with float switch

The bilge pump stopped working on the Rock ‘n Row, and it inspired me to spend some serious time in the engine compartment. Since I was going to all the trouble to access the bilge pump, I decided to shoot some pictures and video to help give beginner boaters an idea of how to install a bilge pump in their boat. . How to Install a Bilge Pump The best place to install a pump is in the lowest point of your boat. This isn’t…

Degreasing an Engine Compartment

degreasing an engine

I’ve decided to spend the next couple months doing some much overdo maintenance in my engine compartment. Over the following weeks, I’ll be documenting my activities doing some serious fiberglass repair and engine tuning. The first step however, is degreasing the engine compartment. I’ve decided to document the process because these are common activities that every boat owner needs to do, and new boat owners are often times apprehensive when tackling these chores for the first time. While not nearly as dirty as fixing marine…

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