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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

Janice aboard Seaweed,
living the good life afloat...

Trawler cruising on $14 per day is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

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: 17 February 2018. Book Store - Haslam's in St. Pete.


I am a reader. Books have been a huge part of my world nearly all of my life. Finding a glorious bookshop is always a treasure. Here in St. Pete we are fortunate to have a place you need to visit as you're passing through. It's called Haslam's Book Store which is located at 2025 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. This place is a gem. It's the sort of store that you book addicts won't want to leave.

I love the store. Haslam's [727-822-8616] is right on
the trolley route too so visiting should be mandatory.

Inside Haslam's is arranged in sections. The books are sorted well. I particularly liked that I could find new and old books all in the same category on the same shelf. Truly this is the best of both worlds.

For me, I ended up in cookbooks. Gosh there are a lot of wonderful cookbooks in the world. I generally tend toward the small regional cookbooks. Those recipes usually have real ingredients that are easy to find.

Fancy cooking is simply not my style.

At Haslam's I ran across The Cruising Chef
Cookbook, Second Edition by Michael Greenwald.


I always believe if I buy one more spice or try one more recipe I'll suddenly become a culinary expert. Cookbooks almost always have some tidbit or idea I never considered before. The Cruising Chef Cookbook (Amazon affiliate link) has a section on storage. With a 23' boat, finding a place to store provisions is always a concern.

Finding this book at Haslam's was fortunate. I didn't even know I needed it, and voila: there it was. Perusing the pages I was sold. Who wouldn't like a book with a recipe for Shark!?!

On my way south down the coast I ran into a shark. I tell about that encounter in the
Shark Changes Plans vignette. Back then I didn't fully understand the "Filet and Release" method of dealing with shark. I wish I'd had The Cruising Chef Cookbook with me then.

Though this vignette may seem like a flog for a cookbook, it is truly intended as encouragement to visit Haslam's. We need the old bookstores where real folks are behind the counter. The mega stores may be efficient. It is the charming bookshops that I long for and support.

Oh, and best of all Haslam's does mail order. If you want something, why not try them first?

Tonight I was on the phone with an old friend. *Gone Tropic remembers ordering from Haslam's on the telephone decades ago. He bought navigation books. Readers will understand the joy in finding a bookstore to peruse. I wish you could visit Haslam's one day. It is truly worth your time.

*Gone Tropic belongs to a fellow mariner named Tom. I met him back in Apalachicola. He has recently been visiting with other friends of mine on Manatee. I wrote an article called Manatee Moves about that boat couple. Sarah and Ted cruise aboard Manatee. They have implemented some great ideas.

I hope to see Sarah and Ted again soon.

But I digress...
The last time I was in Haslam's I was able to pick up several magazines. I enjoy reading them. Afterwards I pass them along to other boaters. Most of the time the book exchanges found in marinas will have some magazines. There are not many women's ones, so I rectify that. Women's Day is a favorite, along with Reminisce, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest.

Never mind. I like 'em all.

As much as I enjoy magazines I've considered one of those big tablets from Amazon just to be able to read the magazines without having to deal with paper. Ah, the choices... fortunately I need nothing. Life aboard Seaweed is fine just as is.

I truly am blessed.

If Haslam's is unable to obtain a copy of The Cruising Chef Cookbook, Second Edition by Michael Greenwald please feel free to visit Amazon. Purchasing through my link does help fund the cruising kitty aboard Seaweed.


But first, try Haslam's. I would like them to be in business for generations to come.

Thank you.

The Cruising Chef Cookbook, Second Edition by Michael Greenwald

Comments welcome and encouraged on the
, and Book Store - Haslam's in St. Pete page.

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Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life

Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)


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.

Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.

The above chart (#411) can be a wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!

The Writer's Block

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:

1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

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:

Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to share? Email me.

Do you want to help out?

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:

  • Pets afloat (include pet and boat name please)

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

  • Photos of people enjoying life in or on the water

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 janice@janice142.com

23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.

Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.

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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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