Discovering True Wealth

Many people, including me, have been wrestling since 2008 with the question of ‘what’s going to happen in the future?’ in regards to our economy. In the four years since, the economies of the world have grown at a snails pace. In the meantime, damage from the effects of global warming have steadily taken out more and more GDP in damage, threatening to nullify the small gains in growth. To find answers to this question, I have read widely over the years. It was ultimately…

How to Install a Raw Water Pump

454 water pump

The engines on the Rock ‘n Row are both OMC Cobra’s, which are really just marine versions of the Chevy 350, the same engine in the Corvette. Instead of a radiator, like a car engine has, these engines have a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is really just a copper container. Engine coolant flows through one side and cold sea water is pumped through the other. The liquids are not allowed to mix, but heat from the hot engine coolant is transferred to the cold…

Fighting Fear of Failure

fighting fear of failure

As I continue to prepare for our departure in May, I’m experience a rainbow of emotions throughout the day. Fear and uncertainty plague me constantly, but I have developed some powerful weapons to fight fear. I think this is the best that can be done with fear. I don’t think people can actually ‘overcome’ fear. That would be like overcoming the need to breath. Fear is natural. It must be accepted and lived with. Fear of failure is something that plagues everyone. I’ve had some…

Gunkholing in the Salish Sea

gunkholing in the san juan islands video

From Wikipedia: Gunkholing is a boating and sea kayaking term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go…

Saving Space With A Plastic Organizer Box

small part organizer

With five and half months (or less) to go until we plan to be on the boat full time, I’m making greater efforts to condense and organize all the ‘stuff’ in my life to make it fit on the boat. For more than a year, basic repair has been the primary focus on the Rock ‘n Row. Now that focus is shifting to making the boat clean, comfortable, and livable. I need to get a better handle on all the parts and tools scattered around…

Rainy Season Boat Repairs

repairing the boat video pic

It’s officially rainy season in the Pacific Northwest. There is never enough time to get all the work on the outside of the boat done before rain sets in, but all in all, I feel pretty good with what got done this summer. The big project that I completed this summer was sealing up the gunwale. If your wondering what a gunwale is, it’s the side wall of a boat. The gunwale on the the Rock ‘n Row form a wrap-around deck. The interface where…

Anchor Watch

Anacortes picture

So… I have now been up for about 5 hours at anchor watch. Well, not really ‘anchor’ watch as we’re not at anchor (thankfully). I should start at the beginning… Annie and I had a crazy busy week. Friday evening came around and the weather forecast was marginal – 10 mph winds steady throughout the weekend. 12 mph is the magic forecast number where things start to get really uncomfortable. Also, based on experience, I can tell that when the weather forecast calls for steady…

What ‘Living On a Boat’ Means to Me

Living on a boat

I frequently summarize my future plans by saying, “My boat is my solution to all the problems in the world.”, which I think is the most succinct summary I can manage. While that means a lot to me, it’s as clear as mud to most people. I’ve expounded on how this lifestyle solves the dilemmas I see in the future as well as issues of control in my life. But to me, living on a boat is also the anti-thesis to a lifestyle of paycheck…

Living Aboard and Loving It!

great blue heron

It’s been several weeks since my last blog post entry. Life has taken a sudden up tick in busy-ness for me. It goes to show that just because you live on a boat, life doesn’t automatically switch to ‘island time’. I’ve been living aboard the Rock ’N Row since July, and almost three months later, the novelty still hasn’t worn off. The old girl stays at the dock most days, but every day I smile when I see the water on my return home. I…

Is Recession Around The Corner?

retail sales growth

This post originally started as an email that I sent out to my friends and family. I’ve been seeing some disturbing trends in the economic data recently (who hasn’t), but the desperation in the reporting that I’ve been reading makes me worry even more. I’d love it if you added your opinion in the comments at the bottom. Retail Sales – Something’s Not Right All week I’ve been reading good news about how retail sales went up 0.8% in July and they were expected to…

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