HI, I’M MATT.

 

THESE ARE MY ADVENTURES LIVING ON MY SAILBOAT GUDGEON AS I SAIL AROUND THE WORLD.

Back at the end of 2013 I decided (apropos of nothing) that I wanted to live on a sailboat. Armed with only a copy of This Old Boat and my blissful ignorance of anything to do with boats, sailing or handiwork I bought the first boat I looked at, a mere 3 hours drive + 2 hours ferry ride away. What a great idea!

Luckily the boat (a Cherubini designed Hunter 36) turned out not to have anything too disastrously wrong with it, so with a lot of time, money and reading I managed to get it into a livable condition. And then I discovered I liked sailing…

Things escalated from there and now, just over four years later, I’m preparing to head out around the world, leaving in May 2018. Come follow along!

Coos Bay, OR to Eureka, CA

Leaving Coos Bay I had another nice sunrise motoring out, the sea was really flat and there wasn't much wind. Basically, I just motored for 30 hours straight, THUNK THUNK THUNK so this isn't going to be an exciting update, unfortunately. Had a bit of excitement when I...

Astoria, OR to Coos Bay, OR

After a few days rest and the odd bit of patching up done in Astoria I headed out early in the morning (at 6) in order to meet the other two boats at the bar at 8. Everyone was there bang on time and we proceeded across the bar which was a lot tamer than the last time...

Neah Bay, WA to Astoria, OR

So after my last post, I was still waiting for a couple more days - though it allowed me to get some stuff done that I really should have done earlier. Like mounting my stainless steel grab rails I've had lying around for months Mounting heavy latches on all my...

Waiting at Neah Bay

I'm currently in Neah Bay, right at the top corner of the USA waiting for the weather. After leaving the yard and hanging around Victoria in various places for a few more days, I headed off to Neah Bay via Port Angeles. All very routine, mostly motoring, although I...

Yard Work II

So to cut to the chase, I am back in the water and tooling around the area testing out stuff. This is what I managed to get done after that last post   Replaced chainplates So I bought new chainplates almost a year ago and hadn't gotten round to replacing them, well I...

Yard Update 1

So in addition to the list I posted last time I can add redo vang strop seal cockpit floor heat exchanger zinc plug downrigger holes Hoooooraay Anyway I've been working pretty much all the time although with the heat and the smoke currently blanketing BC, it's pretty...

The list of stuff to do in the next few weeks

So I am hauled out (again) in canoe cove, getting my rudder looked at after the ding, and I made up a list of all the stuff I want to do before I leave. It's uh, a lot. Cover/cleat for sterntie reel Figure out cabin top solar Sort through lines Bilge dry out Replace...

Across Cape Caution and up the Central Coast

Well my friends were North of Cape Caution (this is a bit of land that sticks out, above the top of Vancouver Island and so is exposed to the full Pacific swells. It can get pretty nasty. HOWEVER, my current map card didn't go up that far and my replacement one was...

Broughtons to Port Hardy

After arriving at lagoon cove (which was probably my favourite marina I've been to) I saw James and Angela again, as this was where they were working now for the next year or so which was fun as they are both fantastic people (who were kind enough to let me mail my...

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