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!

Mazatlan to La Paz, Part 2

Mazatlan to La Paz, Part 2

  Frailes to Muertos Part 1 I woke up from an exhausted sleep at around 4am, and then I remembered - we had no engine. Boo. The problem was that the hole the fuel return screw tightened into the fuel filter (the one half in shown below) had completely stripped...

Mazatlan to La Paz, Part 1

Mazatlan to La Paz, Part 1

This is a two-parter as this wasn't quite the causal jaunt across the Gulf of California that I had planned. The following two maps show the route - note that the wind comes from the NW generally, so it would be at best a close reach. It started off well, cast off the...

Boat work and heat

Boat work and heat

A couple of days after the Tropical Storm passed over I started feeling kinda off - and sure enough I got a really nasty heavy cold, that pretty much put me out of action for a whole week. I must have got it in Victoria or on the plane, either way it was really nasty...

Tropical Storm Narda

Tropical Storm Narda

Adjusting from BC in the autumn weather (cool, rainy, cloudy) to end of summer mainland Mexico (sunny, humid, 30c+) was kind of a shock. My first day I was too hot and sweaty to really do anything, except sit around in front of a fan complaining (so pretty much the...

Back at the boat!

Back at the boat!

After a very rushed last week in BC (pro-tip - don't finish work on Friday afternoon and then get the 6am flight Saturday) I am back in Mexico and on Gudgeon! Since I had bought a lot of second-hand stuff while in BC (including a watermaker, a solar oven and a billion...

Less than a month left!

Less than a month left!

So I've booked my flight back to Mazatlan and it's on the 27th September, the day after my last day of work. Funny to think a year ago I was in the yard, doing final preparations to move south... definitely glad I am where I am and not starting down storms in Neah Bay...

Brexit, Solar Cooking and some second hand parts

Brexit, Solar Cooking and some second hand parts

Titles a bit all over the place as is this update - only two months to go till I fly back to Mexico though! Without further ado: Brexit One of the questions I'm often asked is 'why did you fly back for the summer?' There are actually a few reasons that I've explained...

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