I'm a member of a fair number of Facebook groups and Internet forums for liveaboards. These gatherings of folks are made up predominantly of non-liveaboards so it makes for some interesting perspectives on what living on a boat is like. Most liveaboards I personally know are 'mostly' on the boat 'most of the year'. I … Continue reading Liveaboard test
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
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.
One of many reasons I purchased SWALLOW as my floating home is her woodstove. As the cold damp fall weather has settled in I've really liked having a source of dry heat. The woodstove's heat doesn't produce water as part of the combustion process like propane and alcohol heaters. When using the woodstove any condensation … Continue reading Dry heat
Today I, and Momma Kitty, have been living a boat for five months (2.5 on SWEET PEA and now 2.5 on SWALLOW). As Fall settles in around the Salish Sea meaning every few days a front comes through bringing stronger winds for a a few hours or a day. Last night a front transited bringing … Continue reading Five months