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September 24, 2020

Hurricanes come and go and if you live aboard a boat as we do, you become, out of necessity, an expert on deciphering their unpredictability. There are many ways of obtaining useful information, which helps when you’re deciding what action to take to avoid a coming sto...

July 23, 2020

Years ago, when we started this lifestyle, there were many who were convinced we had lost our minds. And honestly, there have been times when I’ve thought so too. It got so that we would avoid answering questions about where we lived because to do so would invite quest...

June 30, 2020

It’s been an interesting couple of months. After our short trip to the east   end of Long Island we haven’t been anywhere other than the boatyard, except for groceries, during the lock down. The Blonde, my wife, was sent home due to her job being non-essential.
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June 3, 2020

When you live aboard a forty-foot boat as we do, the coming of spring is welcomed differently than those who live in a house. As soon as it’s somewhat definite that there will be no more snow, off comes the winter cover. Once that’s done, the outside of the boat is cle...

February 27, 2020

A few years ago, if someone told me there would be a day in the middle of winter in southern new England that would see a temperature in the sixties, January thaw notwithstanding, I’d have answered, “Sure…” But that’s just what happened. It wasn’t very pleasant for me,...

January 31, 2020

When it’s time to change the oil in the three engines, two mains and one generator on our 1954 forty foot Huckins sedan cruiser Patty O’, it’s not decided by the calendar or hours run, but by the results of samples from each engine. These samples are sent to a company...

January 2, 2020

As someone who lives full time aboard a boat I have, out of necessity become a student of weather. For most people, weather information (I won’t call it forecasting) is gleaned from a segment of local news. A good looking person stands in front of a large monitor and d...

November 8, 2019

For whatever reasons weather this past fall and early winter have been squirrelly.   Thunderstorms following thunderstorms. Temps far above the norm. Not going to get involved in the politically correct debate on climate change or whatever you choose to call it. Bottom...

September 25, 2019

Living aboard can be trying. There are those who consider us to be homeless, although nothing is further from the truth. It’s gotten so we rarely admit to our lifestyle. To do so sometimes means the following half hour or so is spent answering questions. People have ma...

August 29, 2019

I have had people ask me from time to time how I got so involved in boating. The answer is easy. My father was a commercial fisherman, who also worked as a mechanic and  a pipefitter in the off-season. While in high school and college, I worked as a mate for him during...

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