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Fair winds!

Dave and Anke
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Saturday, April 19, 2014


A sea house
A free house
A secret you and me house
A way out on the briny deep
As cozy as can be house!

A street house
A neat house
A better wipe your feet house
Is not our kind of house at all...
Let's go live in a sea house!

-- Apologies to Shel Silverstien


We've been away from home.

Not far away, I'll grant you. SLACKTIDE - emptied for the winter - lies out our front door. We've been caretaking a Lodge for half a year, now. It's a wonderful place, and we're employed by wonderful people.

But it's away from home.

Folks with houses often need someone to look after them for a while, long or short. They'll often tell us, it will give you a chance to get off the boat; to spread out; to stay in a beautiful area; to catch up on movies.

Mmm. We hem and haw. Dance a little side-step.

It's very difficult to explain to our beloved and well meaning friends - who would like to grant us the favor of their beloved homes - that our interest is purely mercenary. A job. Sometimes a favor.

We love our home. 

We love the mobility and freedoms of life aboard. We love cozy. We like our stuff at hand, cleverly stowed or awaiting some, future cleverness. We love the quiet, far from the chatter of media - phones, the internet, the toob - all out of reach in our moments of weakness. We love what we do instead of live in a house... the weaving of our life afloat with the shorelines of our archipelago.

Should the house be in a beautiful spot with a beautiful view? What stops us from spending as much (or as little) time as we wish, anywhere water flows? Our views circling the compass? And we with no more deeds to do nor promises to keep than any other day aboard?

Each moment afloat, the world laps at our hull, sings in our rigging, rocks us to sleep, pours in through our windows.



  1. How long before you go back home?

  2. Hi Joel,

    T minus 10 (days) and counting!


    Dave Z

  3. So you'll be disappearing into the great blue yonder! I'll keep an eye from time to time on your blog. Fair weather and/or happy boat building whichever comes first.

    1. Hi Joel,

      Thanks! We'll be glad for both... we go from here straight to the building site for setup... hopefully get started by early June.

      Fair weather always helps with boatbuilding in flimsy sheds... helps the schmooey dry and counters the hypothermic stupids.

      And happy boatbuilding yourself! I'll keep my ears perked for your launch!

      Dave Z

  4. Have really enjoyed your blog - good luck with the building - good luck - will keep checking from time to time to see if there are any updates-might have my own rig by the time you surface again

    1. Thanks, Linn! Hope to see you on the waters!

      Dave Z