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!

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...

Heading to the Broughtons

After leaving Von Donop Inlet, we had a long motoring day ahead - we had to get through 3 sets of rapids one after each other, which needed exact timing (we were taking the more protected route on the inside this time around as opposed to last time where we went down...

Bouncing around Desolation Sound

MONTH LATER EDIT: I am pretty far behind with these, sorry! It's hard to post with no internet. After we left the copelands we headed towards Desolation Sound. Desolation Sound is a very misnamed area, that is extremely pretty AND has warm water (as it is located...

I haven’t died

It's just been basically impossible to find internet up here (I'm posting this from my SSB + modem) and even when found, it's not enough bandwidth to even upload pictures. Currently looking to cross Cape Caution tomorrow and then should be back in service a lot more....

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....

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