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!

Isla Espirito Santo and heading North

Isla Espirito Santo and heading North

After leaving Lobos Rock we heading to Espirito Santa which is an island 15 miles North of La Paz. It is a park and so has limitations on commercial fishing, tourism etc. Side note - it really feels like Mexico manages their fisheries a LOT better than Canada does -...

New Dodger

New Dodger

Bit late on this, but while I was in Mazatlan this October I got a dodger (sprayhood for UK sailors, the 'windshield bit at the front' for everyone else) built! I haven't had a dodger since the ratty one that came with the boat, that didn't let the main be sheeted...

La Paz, Lobos Rock and Tropical Storm Raymond

La Paz, Lobos Rock and Tropical Storm Raymond

Sorry about the long gap - there is basically zero connectivity in the sea of cortez. I've queued up a few updates over the next few days however! After finally getting into La Paz after a week and a half of misadventure, we were ready for a rest. The plan was to get...

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...

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