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Trawler life on a nickel budget is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
address is: Post Office Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL 33738
Recently I have been watching YouTube videos on my nifty tablet. The ads are annoying. Various Dawn products are being promoted heavily, power-wash and foaming cleanser to name two. I have been using Dawn dish detergent in many ways. Today I will show you how to easily create my most utilized cleaner. Best of all, this is both cheap and simple.
Go to the
Dollar Tree store. That place carries several types of
sprayers, the bottles have four settings: Off, Spray, Off and Stream.
Please set yours to Spray. These setting marks are difficult to see.
They are in raised text on the end of the nozzle where the fluid
ADD 1/2" (15mm) ↓ of Dawn Platinum to
the spray bottle. Because
Voila. You are almost done. Get out a permanent marker and write DAWN along of the top edge of the nozzle so you won't forget what potion you have made. Also be sure to shake your bottle a few times so that the detergent mixes in with the water.
This ↑ is my
favorite Christmas plate. The yellow is supposed to be there. Made
in Bavaria, the plate is old and in my opinion beautiful. Dawn helps
keep this plate clean.
I am fortunate enough to have a watermaker thanks to a reader. Thank you again Cap'n. You made a huge difference in my life aboard Seaweed.
Purchase Dawn Platinum and a spray bottle. Then add a VERY
small bit of the concentrated dish detergent to the container. Fill
to top with water. Set the nozzle to Spray, not stream. Now when you need
to cut grease, remove a stain from clothes, clean grime, presoak dishes, scrub
your sink, wash your hands, and loosen oil during those unfortunate
bilge projects, a refillable spray container is available.
This project may seem silly. I promise that if you try using Dawn in a spray bottle you will be pleased. At this point I have one bottle in my head, another out back in a cockpit locker, and a third in the galley. For me, having tools where I need them translates to projects being done.
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For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!
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It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:
Life has changed so much on the
water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories
of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much
slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have
become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
Do you want to help
Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:
Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks bunches!
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Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the
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My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.
If I can live this life, why not you too?
Skipper, First Mate
Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.
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