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Busted out TWO videos this week. I’m on a fucking roll haha.

Summer is coming and the days are moving faster even though they’re growing longer...I’m so pumped. 2019 is gonna be fucking awesome.


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...one hand on the tiller, one on the coffee, and a heeled over boat...that's one definition of paradise!
 
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Busted out TWO videos this week. I’m on a fucking roll haha.

Summer is coming and the days are moving faster even though they’re growing longer...I’m so pumped. 2019 is gonna be fucking awesome.


Cheers,
Crow
Dude, a boatpunx community sounds amazing! I’m mainly into bike traveling, but I’ve been lurking at sailboats and thinking about boat life for a couple of years now. The sea is the last wilderness on Earth; the only place left to get the fuck away from the masses of human asses.

I live down the coast in Eureka, Ca. where we have a bay (Humboldt) with a couple of marinas where you can livaboard for around $200/mo. for a 30’ boat (minimum allowed for livaboard). There are often boats for sale on CL for pretty cheap, so I’m keeping my eyes pealed (such a strange expression). Would be cool to start a similar community here too, but I’m not opposed to sailing north to Lopez Island; looks pretty nice.
 
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Dude, a boatpunx community sounds amazing! I’m mainly into bike traveling, but I’ve been lurking at sailboats and thinking about boat life for a couple of years now. The sea is the last wilderness on Earth; the only place left to get the fuck away from the masses of human asses.

I live down the coast in Eureka, Ca. where we have a bay (Humboldt) with a couple of marinas where you can livaboard for around $200/mo. for a 30’ boat (minimum allowed for livaboard). There are often boats for sale on CL for pretty cheap, so I’m keeping my eyes pealed (such a strange expression). Would be cool to start a similar community here too, but I’m not opposed to sailing north to Lopez Island; looks pretty nice.
Sounds like it’s ripenfor a little boat punk community.

I’d rather see you do that. Communities all over the globe would be the ultimate goal. All it takes is people asking themselves “if not me, then who?”

Lopez is excellent for anyone and everyone who doesn’t know where else to go or has no where else to go. I fully support boating pop-up communities forming where ever the water touches the land!

Besides, sailing north sucks along the west coast sucks. South is the direction you’d want to go! Mexico and beyond...

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The Atlantic offers a wider option of sailing to foreign, tropical ports though, if thats your thing, the east coast is definitely the better coast for hopping off from.

From here you have to get all the down the kind of foreboding northern coast of America, and don’t hit truely tropical climate until Mexico. At which point it’s hard to just “come home.” You have to either motor dead up current, up swell, and up wind (fucking awful) or sail out to Hawaii and then back (serious trip), or hit the Panama Canal or jump out to the South Pacific.

That’s all the options there are really for a sailor with foreign destination and far off world cruising on their minds.

The east coast allows access to not only the ICW, the eastern seaboard, Europe, the Med, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and all of the east side of central and southern America, plus the Gulf of Mexico. Granted some of those require off shore passages as well, but nothing quite like the north west coast of America or the jump from the America’s to the South Pacific Islands.

BUT!!!!

Up here there IS a 4 season climate. We experience the full rythem of the earths seasons.

Thousands and thousands of protected and semi-protected waters with thousands of Anchorage’s snd marinas.

Rugged charm- soaring mountains, towering for and pine, glaciers, fjords and rivers. The landscape of the North!

Canada is like, just right there.

Lots of boats, boating resources, sources of income, opportunity, and plenty of room to spend s lifetime roaming on s tiny budget or income.

Those are the reasons that keep me here for now. Maybe down the road I see myself shooting for a round the world trip, taking maybe 5 years to slowly circle the globe. But for now, everything I need, this place offers.

There are over a dozen anchorages within as many miles of me. I can spend the night in a different place every night for months and never have to travel more than 20 miles in a day, most days I could travel less than 5 and be somewhere that seems like a totally new world than the one I can almost see in my wake!

This place isn’t for everyone. It does get wet and cold. The days are short in the winter and the night is long. But if you appreciate the savage beauty of bears and orca and eagles and fanged mountains, and you’re the hearty sort, with thick blood and a heart of fire, then you’ll probably never want to leave this place again...

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If i wasent convinced before, i sure as shit am now.
You basicaly just confirmed my ideals of what i had hoped would be. If that makes sens
 
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The San Juan Islands look amazing! My partner and I decided to go for it! In the next few months we’ll be selling off most of our junk, and heading up to find a boat and start a new life on the sea. In the meantime, I signed up to take a beginner sailing workshop put on by the university here, and will be buried in books and videos on sailing and buying a used sailboat. I should have about a $5k budget saved by then. So stoked!!
 

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Best of luck to all you green horns. Try and get a cheap more or less disposable boat 26ft or less to learn. Anything bigger requires skill and forethought like chess. A small boat you can man handle into compliance withou worryimg about death. Throw the engines away, learn to work the wind, and upgrade to a more suitable vessel after you have some proven competency.
 
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Best of luck to all you green horns. Try and get a cheap more or less disposable boat 26ft or less to learn. Anything bigger requires skill and forethought like chess. A small boat you can man handle into compliance withou worryimg about death. Throw the engines away, learn to work the wind, and upgrade to a more suitable vessel after you have some proven competency.
Deffinatly my plan.
 
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Sorry been absent! Happens from time to time, especially when I’m out of service. Went sailing for the last week. Just popped into service reliable enough to actually jump online for a minute haha.

Here’s a pic of my junk a friend caught as I was ghosting by.

I’ll reply to all the fresh comments tomorrow. Sounds like exciting stuff is happening!

Cheers!
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The San Juan Islands look amazing! My partner and I decided to go for it! In the next few months we’ll be selling off most of our junk, and heading up to find a boat and start a new life on the sea. In the meantime, I signed up to take a beginner sailing workshop put on by the university here, and will be buried in books and videos on sailing and buying a used sailboat. I should have about a $5k budget saved by then. So stoked!!
Oh man congrats!
Taking control of your life and your dreams and your destiny is fucking beautiful!

$5k will get you going for sure!

Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with along the way. Sounds like you have a solid plan. With sailing, knowledge really is power!

Cheers,
Crow
 
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Best of luck to all you green horns. Try and get a cheap more or less disposable boat 26ft or less to learn. Anything bigger requires skill and forethought like chess. A small boat you can man handle into compliance withou worryimg about death. Throw the engines away, learn to work the wind, and upgrade to a more suitable vessel after you have some proven competency.
Absolutely solid advice.
I could brow-beat my smaller boats into submission if I fucked up, my bigger ones beat me into submission instead.

The smallest boat you can possibly exist on is the right one. Size in boats follow an exponential curve...meaning a 30’ isn’t just 4’ longer than a 26’....it usually wider and deeper too, meaning the volume increases rapidly with length, at an exponential rate.

I’ll round up a bunch of boats off CL and post a thread on it.

God damn I have so many fucking irons in the fire right now lol.

Cheers,
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Ayo, i'm in East Lewis county in WA. Possibly heading to Portland this weekend.. Have been, and will be around the area. I'd be down to meet up, have a beer, and talk sea jargin!!
 
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How do you deal with cooking in the small space of a boat? Are the ovens on those small stoves useful? Do you end up eating out a lot or do you make the small space work? And how effective are marine heads at dealing with your shit?
 

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Hey awesome thread, very inspiring. I myself lived in a van for years, but given any kinda knowledge of how to sail and a cheap location to park it I'd be definitely living on boat instead. Well I had to learn how to drive to get into the van living action, so guess learning how to sail could be next future goal. Mind me asking, how much is the cheap rent of the marina docking spot you are taking about?
I met a girl who lives the boat life in key West not so long ago and from what she told me it was still cheaper for me to live in my van. She mentioned 700 a month.. Which is kinda the price of a house or room to rent, depending on location.. So to me that d be the deal breaker, cuz I ain't ready to pay rent like that just to park the boat. I'm used to free parking lol
 
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How do you deal with cooking in the small space of a boat? Are the ovens on those small stoves useful? Do you end up eating out a lot or do you make the small space work? And how effective are marine heads at dealing with your shit?
Great questions!
I’ve had all sorts of areingements over the years, from single burner butane, two burner alcohol, old skool terrifying pressurized alcohol, and currently a 3 burner propane with oven.

Depending on my set up meals are anything from 1 skillet type dishes, to straight up feast. Eating out would destroy the tiny little budget that we live off of, so no we don’t do that often at all. You totally get used to the small space, and once you let go of trying to make the boat an equivalent or analog for a shoreside house, I find your creativity tends to take over and the process of preparing and cooking food becomes kind of a fun daily challenge.

Honestly living without refrigeration is the greater challenge. But again, a million ways around that one too.

Marine heads: someone had to bring this up haha! So normal, wet marine heads are fine. But they require a holding talk, which requires pumping out from time to time. This usually costs about $5-$10 bucks but is also usually a bit of a hassle.

Nowadays, composting toilets are becoming more and more the norm. I have one on my boat, but in 6 months haven’t actually used it yet haha. Not because it’s not convienent or anything like, it’s judt hard to beat the ease of using the bucket and chuck it meathod. Aka shitting and pissing in a 3 gallon bucket and just tossing it over the side. Before ya’ll get crazy, yup that’s legal! However usually frowned upon in a marina cause...well yeah. But out crusing/voyaging, a bucket is awesome and easy and cheap and reliable. This is how it was done for pretty much all time except the last couple decades.

Great questions, hope that helped, if not I’ll try again haha!

Cheers,
Crow
 

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