Mike on his SUP in the San Juan Islands, WA
Limerick at anchor in the San Juan Islands. Mt Baker in the distance.
Minivan Camping near the Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatán, Mexico.
Camille at anchor in Mexico
Snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico
Camille from above
Mike and Limerick in the San Juan Islands
Mike in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Camille in the distance)
Verena and Camille in Ensenada Grande, Baja, Mexico
Fireweed in Alaska
Butterfly Fish, Big Island, Hawai'i
Limerick underway in British Columbia
Mike and Dorado, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Dolphins on the bow of Camille
Ice floes in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Limerick and Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Surfboards, Sayulita, Mexico
Minivan Camper near Death Valley
Camille anchored off Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Fire Dancer, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mike fishing for salmon in Alaska
Cruising down the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend
Limerick and moon in BC

Limerick, a 1980 Monk 36 Trawler

We bought Limerick Christmas 2015 to cruise the Pacific Northwest. She is hull number one and had been very well taken care of by her previous owners. There is always something to change and fix on an old boat and we have an extensive log to keep track of 37 years of stewardship back to her first owners. Check out Limerick’s Boat Book which is free for you to download and modify to work for your own boat.

After we sold our sailboat Camille, I wrote an article about what we learned from our first cruising boat and what we wanted to do differently in our next boat. Looks like we don’t always follow all of our own advice! Monk 36 Limerick Monk 36 Limerick

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Monk 36 Layout

Note: We have a desk where the image shows doors to the lazarette and a seat behind the wheel.


Who doesn’t love a good before and after? When we first moved aboard we sent our palm-tree-covered cushions to our favorite leather shop in Ensenada, Mexico and had all the cushions recovered in a soft commercial-grade off-white vinyl. All for about $200 mind you!


2006 AB 10′ 5″ with 15hp Tohatsu

AB Dinghy

This custom swim step and dinghy davit is a big reason why we bought this boat! The dinghy and outboard lower on hydraulics!
Monk 36 Trawler Limerick

Inflatable SUP (<<click for more info) – Super light, very stable and easily stowed. Best part is that won’t ding up the decks or wood railings if we drop or bump it.


Hobie i9s inflatable kayak with mirage drive (<<click for more info) – Can be peddled or paddled and easily stores below deck if we need to declutter the deck. We tried about five different racks to attach to our rail and are very happy with this one. We just sold the inflatable kayak and purchased a new Hobie SUP kayak combo.

Hobie i9s inflatable kayakHobie i9s

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