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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!
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necessitated another trip to Home Depot. I did not check the
package before leaving the store. Plus, I should have initially
bought longer L-brackets. These originals did not extend far enough to fully
support the new shelves.
Having the correct tool is a matter of time. Eventually most boaters end up with an extensive tool armory. I have far more than I owned originally and am glad for it. As I am able I buy more, mostly used if at all possible.
Eons ago I took
apart one of those seat cushions that used to be legal as a floatation
device in Algae. Rules changed and mine was no longer usable.
Like our standard life preservers, once the cover is torn it no
longer counts as a safety device.
installation, I tested/checked that the shelves would fit properly.
I verified that a person sitting at the dinette would not bang their
head. I also had to relocate my Hella fan down a few inches. Every
project has complications. Fortunately this time none were too
I secured the wood rope trim to the
edges of the shelves
Thus far I have not worked out what sort of fiddle system to use as a more permanent solution to the microgreen containers sliding. I suspect I will be utilizing the old valance/curtain rod and a net of some sort.
I admit to being
Truly this whole experience has
been eye-opening. I have worked out the kinks and believe that
anyone can have success if you do as I say. For those interested in
pursuing this endeavor further, I've created a couple of pages that
you may find useful.
If you have any questions, just
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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!
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!
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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.
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!