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!

Monterey, CA to Morro Bay

Leaving Monterey midday (so I'd hit Big Sur (not a wrestler, rather a spit of land) at midnight when apparently it's calmest there) and also arrive at Morro Bay in the morning, I slowly chugged my way south in 5 knots of wind from the North as the sun went down I...

Half Moon Bay, CA to Monterey, CA

This was a nice little day jaunt, being only 60 or so NM away from Half Moon Bay. I motored out in the early morning to another nice sunrise (actually, I think that may be a sunset picture from the night before but w/e) Unfortunately there wasn't any wind and there...

San Francisco, CA to Half Moon Bay, CA

Leaving San Francisco early in the morning I was surprised at the amount of ferry traffic - and then realised this would have been commuter ferries, shuttling people over for the start of the work day. There was no wind, even under the bridge and I motored out On the...

Bodega Bay, CA to San Francisco, CA

Leaving Bodega Bay early in the morning, I chugged my way the 50 odd miles to San Francisco. No wind, no seas, pretty boring - though it was interesting to see Point Reyes (where I got most of my weather faxes from). Some pretty nice cliffs. I was a bit nervous about...

Eureka, CA to Bodega Bay, CA

After my last post, I decided to wait till the day after before leaving as apparently the sea looked pretty rough and so did the bar. It was also my birthday so I was going to treat myself to a nice meal in a restaurant. However, in the late morning the folks from...

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...

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