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!

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...

Sewing, solar and spillage

Look at the alliteration on that title! Prettyyyyy nice. The time spent thinking that was up was in NO WAY related to me procrastinating the huge pile of crap I have to do. No way, no how. Ahem. Anywho, in no particular order Sewing I finally got my sewing machine out...

Adding more anchor chain

So I've been toodling around with 60ft of G4 5/16s chain and 350' of line rode for my anchoring system, but after reading too much online about chafe, line heat melting and death I decided to add another 150' of G4 chain, for a total of 210' of anchor chain. Side...

Setting up a Patreon

So with 30 DAYS LEFT (NB: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa) I've decided to set up a patreon account as I will be soon be doing rather more interesting stuff (I hope). This basically gives people the option to pay a small amount of money each month to me which helps cover the cost...

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