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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: 7 October 2019. Petroleum Jelly
aboard a Boat.
I have fought numerous battles
since buying Seaweed. Trying to open various caps, covers and other
threaded items can be a real challenge. More times than I care to
admit I've resorted to using Vise grips, a screwdriver and/or a
hammer. I always think "this time it will be different" but it
isn't. Finally I came up with a $1 solution. Here's what I do.
In the cockpit
Seaweed has an ancient Beckson plate. It provides access to the fuel
pick-up line for my starboard tank. The cover sticks. Opening
it has been a real problem. If I leave the cover slightly loose
stepping on the unit will cause it to become askew. Argh!!!
This Beckson unit is 35-plus years old. It has been exposed to
sunlight for decades. Quite naturally when items are at the end of
their natural lifespan they start to fail. It's had a long hard
*Vaseline, for my overseas readers,
is a brand of petroleum jelly. Pure 100% petroleum jelly is the
exact same from brand to brand. It's identical so I opt for the
least expensive 100% petroleum jelly I can find. I recommend you do
Side Note: When filling a water tank it is a Very Good Idea to expect an air bubble to send a bunch of water up and out the top like a geyser. This is especially true if you do not have the cover securely in your grasp.
pliers or small pipe wrenches would work in lieu of my favorite
tool. I prefer the vise grips because of the locking mechanism in
the handle. For those of us with hands that aren't quite as strong
as they once were, vise grips are a good item to have in the tool
online shopping I can have a needed item here within days. The world
has changed, and in that regard it is better. I remember waiting
four to six weeks when mail-ordering from a catalog.
Having a small container of petroleum jelly in your tool kit is a Good Idea. I would opt for the 100% variety rather than what I'm using at present.
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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!