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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!
One of my neighbors on the canal
recently bought a trawler. The ropes were older, stiff and some had
mildewed. Basically they were hard to use because of the stiffness.
The proper "money is no object" solution would be to buy brand new
ropes. Here is the $3 version utilized to revitalize the old boat
For the record,
This is not a
panacea. It is a stop-gap
Given these circumstances, the new
owner opted to try rope cleaning ala Seaweed.
One way to facilitate the whole
clear water thing
There are some
that try using regular washing machines to clean ropes. This can be
a Very Bad idea. Wet, the lines are extremely heavy. Damage can
occur to the machinery. Belts break when washers are overloaded.
Soaking took another couple days.
The outside temperatures were soaring so the impetus to dump out the
water, sort the ropes, and hang them for drying wasn't really there.
That is why I waited to finish the project.
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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.
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!