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Ideas, Tips, Projects

That’s a Wrap!

In our opinion, the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, but the cruising season can be rather short – some say it’s only two months: July and August. Of course when cruising on a trawler with a heater, this window tends to be much longer, but our season was cut down to just two months not counting a couple of shakedown cruises. Since we purchased Limerick at the beginning of the year, we had some maintenance and modifications to make and didn’t get away from the dock until late May. By the end of July, we had to call it quits because...
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Camille is for Sale… Again!

Our previous boat Camille has been in the hands of a great owner for the past two years. A growing family forces them to downsize and sell Camille. They haven’t used her much and I hear she is in similar condition as when we sold her. She was a great cruising boat with a huge swim step and lots of light and ventilation. Please contact us with any questions. Asking $79,900 $74,900 Located in San Francisco, California Highlights Watermaker – high output 20gph Solar – 300 watts Very low engine hours on Yanmar Dinghy and outboard Electric windlass with 200′ of chain Saloon with 6’6″ of...
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Privacy in a Fishbowl

Living in a trawler is like living in a giant fish bowl. I love it! My biggest complaint about our sailboat was not having any windows to enjoy the view. Of course with all these great views looking out, you get a lot of curious people looking in. At night we like to be able to get some privacy but our living/dining/galley room had no blinds or curtains. The aft stateroom already had honeycomb blinds similar to these and we noticed that they did a nice job of insulating the windows — keeping the cold out when we run the heater. So while I...
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Dealing with Condensation

When we cruised Mexico aboard Camille we had very few issues with moisture and condensation. Baja is a desert and the windows were always open to keep the air flowing. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have the opposite: rain, cold, closed windows. A cushion resting against the hull will be damp in no time. The diesel heater is helping to dry things out on the hook. When we are at the dock we use space heaters pointed at enclosed spaces. One of the biggest moisture collectors is the bottom of a mattress after sleeping on it for a night. On Camille we had a...
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How to Get Free Kindle Books

Turns out your local library not only loans actual books, but also virtual eBooks! For free! It is not the most straight forward process, so I thought I would save you the trouble of having to figure it out. With our driver licenses matching our location for once, we finally had a chance to pick up some library cards. I can’t believe I have been paying for my Kindle books this whole time! At over $20 every month this was really cutting into our budget (see our monthly expenses here). I love my Kindle Paperwhite because I can read in bed with the lights off...
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What We Learned From Our First Cruising Boat

This article was also published in 48° North Magazine – a great, free sailing magazine for the Pacific Northwest. You can view it here. It was also published on the Women and Cruising website – a great resource for women cruisers. Click here to view my other published articles. It’s been nearly a year since we sold Camille and we’re starting to think about our next boat. We’ve had a nice break but the sea is calling. When we were boat shopping before we bought Camille, we had some ideas on what we wanted out of a boat but did not have...
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