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!

Summer Update

Summer Update

Well, it's been a while since I updated this, mainly because nothing has really changed. I'm still in Ottawa, covid is still rampaging around the place, the Pacific is still closed and Gudge is still in Mexico. Ottawa is currently going through a record heatwave (aka...

So – what next?

So – what next?

Back in Canada I've been in Canada about a month now, and been putting off writing this post for a few reasons - I was exhausted for a while and then I was waiting to see how things shook out before I put anything down on paper. Ottawa is fine, I've been working at my...

Decision made – back to Canada

Decision made – back to Canada

We hung out at Los Muertos for a week, waiting for weather. It's a nice place, but us and the other eight or so boats in the bay were all rather on edge, waiting to hear what would happen. The morning HF net brought more news of closures every day, so we were getting...

Crossing the Gulf of California to Los Muertos

Crossing the Gulf of California to Los Muertos

No matter which of the three options I chose from, I'd need to move the boat north to the La Paz area again. It'd be a better area to leave for Canada from, it's the entrance to the sea of cortez if I was staying and it has some good places to leave the boat if I was...

Deciding what to do next

Deciding what to do next

Well, since my plans to cross to French Polynesia are basically not happening this year (their borders are closed, along with almost every other country in the south pacific) the thing now is to decide what to do next (lots of time to do that while self-isolating on...

Clearing out of Mexico…. briefly

Clearing out of Mexico…. briefly

So I got most of the boat projects knocked off, Liz came down and was ready to cross with me (I decided I did not like solo passages) and we did a huge provisioning run, getting two months worth of tinned food We did this by moving the boat to a marina near a costco -...

Preparing to cross to French Polynesia

Preparing to cross to French Polynesia

This post is pretty delayed in me posting it as I got pretty busy, so... yeah. Most of it was written a couple of weeks ago but time to catch up! After returning to Bandaras Bay and having Emma leave, it was time to get serious about leaving. My plan was to leave at...

Bandaras Bay, Chacala and Isla Isabel

Bandaras Bay, Chacala and Isla Isabel

After arriving in San Blas (and having a sleep), Boomerang and I went to Chacala, a small Mexico beach town. It's great here, but the swell rolls into the bay and so a stern anchor is needed to avoid being rolled to death once the wind switches....

San Evaristo and Loreto national park

San Evaristo and Loreto national park

After leaving Isla Espirito we headed North, to a small fishing village called San Evaristo. This is on a small, picturesque bay with a small shop and restaurant. We anchored to the North of the village, behind a big ol' hill as strong southern winds were expected for...

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