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!

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...

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...

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