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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
For a synopsis about
batteries aboard Seaweed,
Once I arrived in St. Petersburg I was gifted two more solar panels from Bucky. This pair made a Big Impact. Thank you again Cap'n Larry and Eva. Your panels put me over the top in power production.
The two Bucky panels increased the total wattage of my solar array to 445 watts. That sounds like a lot, and indeed it is. The five panels reliably provide 150aHs per day when it is sunny. This is sufficient for my decadent lifestyle. Excluding the air conditioner, there is zero difference between my life at the dock or while anchored. Those last two panels secured a relaxed off-grid life. I now really don't consider power at all, unless it is cloudy...
With the reefer turned off, I can
maintain a minimal lifestyle at anchor. Although I won't be nuking popcorn
I can utilize propane for cooking. I will still be able to visit Trawler
Forum online via the lovely tablet I was given. Thank you again Cap'n Gary
for that. I never imagined how cool a tablet could be! And too, my Kindle
beckons on these lazy days of autumn... I am indeed blessed.
Thank you for reading. Happy
boating. Comments welcome and encouraged on
Solar on Cloudy Days (#5 in series)
Comments welcome and encouraged on the Solar on Cloudy Days (#5 in series) page.
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Now this is not fancy. Basically I copy off the top three items in my Archive file. That way you can catch up if life gets in the way of your reading fun.
Secret: If you want to know what's what, start in the Archive. It offers you the title, first paragraph and topics (Categories) covered in each article published on my website.
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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!
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.
Contributions to my Cruising Kitty
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's
never enough aboard Seaweed!
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