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!

Hanging around La Paz

I've spent the last couple of weeks in the La Paz area, just hanging out and resting, with the odd (as little as possible) boat stuff. Here are some of the highlights: Liz hung around for a couple of days after we arrived before she had to head back. We tried to do...

San Juan Del Cabo, MX to La Paz, MX

The marina at San Juan Del Cabo was really expensive, so we hustled all day to get all our shopping/chores done so we could get away with spending one night there (unfortunately this left no time for washing the boat). We were a bit iffy about filling the tanks with...

Ensenada, MX to Turtle Bay, MX

As mentioned in the previous post, arrival into Mexico was pretty easy, although involving a fairly long cold foggy motor. With clearing into Mexico out the way it was time to head on south down the baja california! First stop was a place called turtle bay, 290 NM...

Sailing to Ensenada

Two posts in one day?! Wowsers! (I'm catching up before heading off to turtle bay where the connection is spotty) After finally managing to leave San Diego, we actually had a pretty wonderful sail down with 5 knots of wind on a close reach, propelling us from anywhere...

Refitting in San Diego

I had a few frantic days running around San Diego during which I bought a lot of stuff, including Custom Fabricated pieces Massive shoutout to Thomas Marine who not only managed to do the bits in a ridiculously short timeframe, but also were very reasonably priced and...

San Diego!

So Catalina Harbour was really nice and sooooo clear - I decided yet again to try to catch a Halibut, and had a strong hit, which turned out to be... a shovelnosed guitarfish. Yet another member of the ray family. Unbelievable. Undeterred I kept on, and after losing...

Bobbing around Santa Cruz Island

So I got my alt fixed in Santa Barbara - when I say fixed I mean 'remove the washer than somehow fell and got INSIDE the alternator, grounding out the stator coil' which was a bit embarrassing, and fixed the weird thumping sound from the prop (it was as I had hoped,...

Morro Bay, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

I actually ended up staying in Morro Bay a few more days longer than I meant to - it's a REALLY nice little place. Free anchorage right by the town, dinghy docks everywhere, and everyone is really chill and lovely, I met a lot of really nice people there. I also took...

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