Tag Archives: maine sailing

The cat fell overboard

To be honest, we aren’t exactly sure if he fell or jumped. Regardless, he went for a swim on Sunday, making a few laps around the boat before being wrangled into the dinghy.

Moving offshore and off the grid

The goal of my planning was entirely sustainable, off-grid living from May to November. All of our systems will run off of our 12-volt battery system, charged primarily by solar and additionally by wind generators.

A transitional season and a change of scenery

This is supposed to be the time of year that we are sanding and painting, cleaning, rigging, and finishing up projects before the sailing season begins. Yet we’ve felt delayed, if not downright bummed out, when the majority of our available work days are fraught with cold, dark, damp or downright wet weather.

When the harbor freezes around your boat

On December 15, 2016, an arctic chill snapped us into winter mode with subzero temperatures and gale force winds. Wind chill values dipped to nearly -40 degrees Fahrenheit, freezing the surface of the bay around us in a matter of hours. Comfortably warm below, we settled in for a movie and listened to the wind’s harmonic resonance in the mast and rigging.

Waking up on a boat in the middle of a snowstorm

I woke early to the sound of snow sliding off of our shrink-wrapped enclosure, the reality of living inside an actual snow globe. The weight of the snow breaks loose its adhesion to the plastic and follows with a splash as it crashes into the ocean around us. It’s driving our cat, Farley, entirely mad. He charges from one end of the boat to the other, reacting to a series of taps, swooshes, and splashes.

A sailmaker’s advice on winter storage

Just like any other piece of equipment aboard, the sails must be properly cared for as well. To learn more about off-season sail care I spoke with a professional sailmaker about winter maintenance and storage.

Five times I wished we had a normal toilet

For living aboard, or off-grid living, it’s hard to beat the simplicity of a composting toilet. One of our first projects after buying the boat was to remove the aging head and all of the associated plumbing and tanks. The smell from those hoses and tanks is breathtaking. Literally, breathtaking. We chose to replace that […]