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!

Princess Louisa to the Copeland Islands

After leaving Princess Louisa we had another long long motor back down Jervis Inlet. We were originally going to reach Westview Marina (which is basically Powell Rivers government docks) but in the end we were both tired so we stopped at Hotham Sound and found a bay....

Princess Louisa Inlet

After leaving garden bay, we headed up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet. We were ummming and aahhhing about whether to go or not as it is a long trip there and back (around 80 nm) up Jervis Inlet and probably all motoring, as not only is there not much wind in...

First week of travel around the gulf islands

After arriving at Emma's parents' house on the Saturday, we had maybe hoped to get away by Sunday. But with provisioning, packing and a billion errands we FINALLY got away on Tuesday afternoon at around 5, barely scraping out (including one last minute panic drive...

I got an InReach satellite tracker

Short one this as I am currently in a patch of terrible service but at the prompting of several people (I presume so they could locate any drifting wreckage after a catastrophe), I got a second hand inreach satellite tracker . It's pretty cool - worldwide satellite...

A rather hairy trip to and from Orcas Island

After the swiftsure race I had a couple of nights downtown and then headed back to Cadboro Bay for a couple more evenings spent bobbing around, while I bought a few things and carried on getting stuff ready. I was originally going to head to Orcas Island on Monday...

Finished work and Swiftsure 2018

So after the boatyard and sidney spit I ended up in Cadboro Bay for a couple of nights, while I finished my last week of work. This wasn't a great couple of days, as the anchorage was very rolly and I had to row ashore each morning, drag the dinghy up the beach hide...

In and out the dockyard for a five day haulout

So after I got back from Ottawa, I had Friday evening to get ready for the trip to the dockyard, up in Canoe Cove. I gave the engine a quick test run, and tidied up a bit. Trip to Canoe Cove The next morning, I was up at 6:30 am (way too early for a Saturday morning)...

Grabbing a bunch of last minute bits and bobs

So I leave to go to Ottawa tomorrow and then when I return I immediately go to the boatyard so I've been scrambling this last weekend to get as many things done as possible. Not helped by literally everyone I know taking advantage of the fine weather and going to do...

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