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Moving Aboard

Posted by on August 3, 2017 | 3 comments

Moving Aboard

Early Days I’m sitting writing (the first part of) this as we are moored in Grimsby. Theo settled to sleep not long ago, and Arthur is currently avoiding bedtime by flitting between me and Dave. It’s been a whirlwind few days (well, weeks!), and we haven’t managed to get the boat out yet, but we have certainly accumulated so many other achievements that it’s only a minor disappointment at this stage. Given the tough task of unpacking, organising and storing things that made the cut onto the boat (somehow vast despite the seemingly endless...

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Making Plans to Make a Change

Posted by on July 21, 2017 | 2 comments

Making Plans to Make a Change

Written six weeks ago, finally uploaded now while the kids are sleeping soundly on board. Wanting something different… About a year ago, we made the decision to leave our home, not to move to a new house or to a new area, but to change our whole lives and live aboard a sailing boat. We had for a long time been considering moving from the home I always foresaw as our ‘forever home’- Dave works over an hour’s drive away, which makes for early starts and long days, and we both felt that as a family we would benefit from living closer to Warwick...

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Mistoffeles

Posted by on June 14, 2017 | 2 comments

Mistoffeles

Odd name for a boat? It wouldn’t have been my original choice, but the previous owners our soon-to-be new home loved Cats and cats (catamarans and felines). Since it is suggested in the boating community that it can be bad luck to chance the name of a boat, we thought maybe we’d stick with it (the same applied to our previous boat, Penta, apparently named by her previous owners after her diesel Penta engines). So here she is, Mistoffeles… Mistoffeles is a catamaran, so has two hulls joined by a central saloon area. The decision between a...

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“Getting Ready”

Posted by on May 30, 2017 | 0 comments

“Getting Ready”

Why no posts, you ask? Well, we have been a little busy trying to get things ready for us to go sailing. Of course, “getting ready” to go sailing, from a more standard job-and-house life, has nothing to do with sailing at all. Instead, it means writing handover documents for the wonderful Dr Rebecca Stone, who will be covering my role through my career break at work, starting to sell/give away some of our ‘stuff’, and above all getting the house in a condition where we are happy selling it. And given our home has been a project of seven...

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