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Trawler life on a nickel budget is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!
Date: 16 November 2019. Mucket the
Today I'll share with you a brief
vignette about life aboard a boat in the early 1960's. Although
Mucket the mallard drake was not my first pet, he was one of the more memorable ones.
This is a trip down Memory Lane came about because the Kidlet
mentioned seeing mallards when she was up north.
(pre-teenagers, so to speak) both males and females look like the
hen on the left in the above photograph. They are a mottled brown.
The way to identify gender just after the duckling stage is to look
at the beak. A drake will have a greenish tinge around the sides of
his beak. Hers would be orange.
Back to Mucket's story: I was in my dinghy rowing along a shoreline, exploring. As soon as the duckling popped back up to the surface he was grabbed by the hunting bird. This was not ten feet from me. I screamed at the bird, splashed water with my oars and the duckling was dropped back into the water.
Algae has an oar visible on the far side of the
dinghy. A group of pelicans surround Algae. The previously published article
Dallas and the Pelican
has some great pictures of a friendly pelican.
This is the way I
might have splashed someone,
accidentally of course, some 50-plus years ago.
This is my duo ↑
aboard our tow boat. Daddy ran a towing service in the days before TowBoatUS and SeaTow dominated the field.
If I was off our boat and he was
hungry he would quack until Mother turned him loose. Then he would
waddle up the dock quacking all the way. Mucket had a distinctive
voice. He would use it until he found me. Mucket enjoyed his corn.
Eventually Mucket did fly away. I called and called for him. He never answered. That was a sad period of time for me. Although I wanted him to grow up and be a duck, I also wanted my feathered boy to be My Duck forever too.
A few years later
Mucket was flying south. I believe he recognized our boat. He and
his mate stopped in for a visit while we were at anchor. We were a
long way from where he was initially rescued. Mucket had traveled with
us for a few months while he was growing up.
The white back deck is about 10"
wide. There is an overhang with storage below for mops and such.
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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:
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23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.
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?
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!