Mother Nature seems to have flipped the switch that starts the transition from Summer to Fall. There is that 'feeling' in the air that says cooler and wetter days are coming. SWALLOW, Dave and Momma Kitty have returned to the US and are now in the San Juan Islands. Coming through customs was a non-event … Continue reading The weather change
The number of people who are cruising seems higher this year than last. Anchorages are 'full'. Is it because of the wetter weather resulting in fewer forest fires? The outcome is I'm annoyed by all these people! More people means more incidents on the water with folks that know nothing about boating safety nor etiquette. … Continue reading Crowded
From mid-November till a few weeks ago I've mostly been living an easy boater's life being tied to a dock, or on land in a boat yard, and therefore connected to AC power and having little worry about conserving electric power. As I finally back to a nomadic lifestyle I must regulate how much electricity … Continue reading Weaning
Twelve months ago I started my liveaboard life. Since then I have changed boats, gained a Montgomery 6'8" dinghy and disposed of most of my possessions. Sadly 99% of my efforts to sell my things has failed so a lot of very high quality stuff has been donated to charity. Had hoped for some bit … Continue reading One year
SWALLOW floats engineless in a slip at Port Townsend. I'm happy to be afloat but frustrated being tied to a dock. Dock life is expensive and doesn't provide the solitude I crave. As I write this a beeping electronic alarm on a neighbor boat intrudes the quiet peace of the morning. (I checked and if … Continue reading Want to cut the docklines
After two-plus months traveling around the western United States, and the Denver stop to get rid of stuff, Momma Kitty and I are back aboard SWALLOW. No immediate things of concern found. Cabin is dry and mold free - a big plus! Now to re-settle aboard and get to task getting SWALLOW recommissioned.
Living on a boat in a boatyard has its moments. The past five days a series of strong gales has blown through meaning I am very aware my home is propped up on six boat stands. The wind wasn't as strong as forecast, but still significant in the 'small craft advisory' speeds in the low … Continue reading House on sticks