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Trawler life on a nickel budget is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
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address is: Post Office Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL 33738
The new year has arrived and life
is once again looking better for me. This weekend the
St. Pete Boat Show is the place to be. I have been attending for
several years, starting back in 2008 when a whole bunch of us came
down to outfit a 40' sailboat for an around the world adventure.
Boat show bargains were found in abundance. As always I am
interested in new products coming onto the market. Viewing the boats for sale is quite
St. Pete Boat Show
dates: Thursday 18 January
This picture ↓ was taken last year. There are a variety of boats and motors for sale. You will see go-fast speed boats for the fishermen and divers, center console boats, cabin cruisers, trawlers, motor yachts and lots of sailboats too.
A few years back Bob Bitchin of
For me one of the best parts besides admiring the great boats and gear are the seminars found on this page:
I am hoping to attend one of the
One year I attended a seminar about
cruising the Bahamas by
It is good to be
One of the many things I enjoyed
last year was a sausage sub
Thank you so much for being a part
of my world. Thanks too for reading.
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Topics of Interest:
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!
These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.
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!
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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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The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's
never enough aboard Seaweed!
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