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!

Less than six months to go till leaving date!

... or 175 days, to be exact., before I sail off and sink somewhere exotic start my circumnavigation, if I still take the 31st of May as my last work day / leaving date. I'm caught between feeling that's soooooo far away, which oscillates to 'oh god I don't have...

It got cold (or, a list of boring jobs I did)

I don't want to complain too much after last years winter (where it started raining in September and didn't stop until May, aside to snow a bunch) and this autumn has been pretty nice - but couldn't it wait until at least December before snowing and getting really...

Painting FINISHED! Plus a marina move

Painting Done Well, title says it all - I finished painting. Finally. It was a bit tricky as the kiwi-grip non-skid I was using takes over 3 days to dry hard enough to walk on with shoes - before that it appears hard, but standing on it with shoes leaves a dirty dent...

Painting update

Nice short one here but basically I've put two coats on everything except the non-skid (which I am doing with Kiwi-Grip) and one lazarette lid (which has one coat on it). I'm getting there! And Gudge looks pretty spick and span. I couldn't have got this far without...

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