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!

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...

A big ol’ heap of nothing

Which is basically what I've been doing the last three weeks. In fairness, I've been sent to Ontario TWICE in that time meaning I've had virtually no time to get anything done. And the times I've actually been in Victoria, it's been raining. Solidly. (we've had three...

A slightly panic inducing list

With 72 days till the last day of work, the swiftsure race and the start of my trip, here are the things I still need to do in preparation (making lists is a good way to feel like you are doing stuff without actually doing stuff, love 'em) Boat Things I can do in the...

I handed in my notice at work!

So another stepping stone crossed off. I handed in my notice at work this week, meaning that I have just 3 months left (does ALL the air guitar) I was originally going to do it at the end of the week as I was planning to leave on the 31st May, however I realised that...

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