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Ideas, Tips, Projects

Easy (and tasty) Home-Made Holiday Gifts

When making home-made holiday gifts on a boat I have limited options since I don’t have much space to spread out. I also have to be able to complete them in a day so we can change our “craft area” back into usable space. Making the cookie jars doesn’t require a lot of space or time, so they are perfect for an on-board project. These would work great in a tiny house too! We made a dozen in one afternoon and then spent a couple more hours designing the labels. For a dozen jars we used nearly 5 pounds of flour, 2 pounds of sugar...
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That’s a Wrap!

In our opinion, the Pacific Northwest is one of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds, 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. This year 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...
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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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