About Us and Our Boat


Hi – We are a family of a two year old son and three Jack Russell Terriers who live on a boat. We moved onto our boat full time in November 2011. We left Marion, Massachusetts and sailed down the East Coast USA. We did ocean sailing until we hit Norfolk, Virginia and have been on the Intracoastal Waterway ever since. This blog will record our travels along the East Coast, document tips and stories about raising a toddler on a sailboat, and write technical reviews of equipment we use.

Capt’n is from Cairns, Queensland Australia. He has lived in the US since September 2005. He grew up on a sugar cane farm and has been fixing engines ever since. He is a trained mechanic and hobby fix-it man, and he is a great asset to have around on a boat! He is always working on projects on our boat or on other people’s boats.  His hobbies include sailing, fishing, chess, searching for deals on Craiglist, and history of the Middle East.

2IC is me. I married Capt’n in September 2003 and we had a son in December 2010.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology and Management, and Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of Michigan. I received my Masters of Science in Research in Tropical Plant Sciences at James Cook University in Australia. I worked in Community Colleges for five years before quitting and living on a boat full time. My current hobbies include: learning how to sail, trying to snag and online biology teaching job, photography, knitting, music and reading

We are sailing on a 1982 Whitby 42 ketch sailboat, hull #226. Here is a link to a Boat US review of the Whitby 42 http://www.boatus.com/boatreviews/sail/Whitby42.asp

Note: The Ford Lehman diesel engine was in pieces when we purchased the boat. Instead of repairing the engine, Capt’n bought a Volvo Penta 30 hp diesel. This purchase was deliberate and we are well aware that this engine is small for this size sailboat.


3 responses

5 02 2014

I cannot thank you enough for writing this blog! I found your blog during my attempt to find out about how to live on a boat with a toddler. There is not a lot of information out there as far as I can tell. My husband and I are considering selling our home and live on a boat. We want to save money quickly for a more affordable house and in the meantime, still have a bit of adventure. We live in Pensacola, FL. I have done some time on motor boats but I have no sailing experience. I am also in my 30’s (or the “new” 20’s) with a two year old son. My husband has been an avid sailor most of his life. He raced a sailboats in the Navy Cup for a couple of years. He owns his own handyman business where he does both home AND boat repairs so I have a lot of confidence that he will keep a boat in great shape.

My primary concern is my sons safety on the boat. I am terrified of him falling off of the side. My husband said that we will have an enclosed cockpit cover and we will canvas tarp the railing. I am also concerned with safety inside the boat especially if we are going to have a stove and oven. Do you have any advise about how to make a sailboat kid-friendly or perhaps lead me to any good resources that will help me with this? I would appreciate any help you would be able to give.

I have been making my own laundry soap for about 2 years now and I
will NEVER go back to buying regular laundry detergent. It is good to know that I will be able to continue making detergent while living on a boat. Here is my recipe:

1 1/2 cup soap shredded (about 1 and a half regular sized bars)
1 Cup of borax
1 Cup of super washing baking soda

Large pot
Cheese grater
5 Gallon bucket with lid
Long handled spoon

Bring to boil 1 quart of water in a large pot.

Grate soap on a cheese grater (or use food processor)

Slowly whisk in soap shavings approximately 1/4 of a cup at a time. Make sure shavings are completely dissolved before adding more.

Let this mixture boil for about 10-15 minutes

Fill the five gallon bucket half way with very hot water. Add the borax and supper washing baking soda. Mix well until borax and baking soda is completely dissolved.

Add the water and soap solution and mix well. Fill the rest of the bucket with hot water and mix well.

As the detergent cools, stir occasionally.

This makes 5 gallons of laundry detergent

Thanks again for your blog!


23 10 2014
Rachel Maas

Thank you so much for writing your blog! The Skipper and I have been living on our boat since my first trimester and our son since bringing him home at 5 days old. I have found detailed information about babies and toddlers on boats equally hard to find. Thank you again for posting about your experiences, the information is fantastic.

20 02 2015
Jessica G

Hi – I’m looking for families who live on boats to share their journey on a very feel-good docu-series. This is for a major network and it’s an amazing opportunity for families that are working hard to make ends meet.

Hope to hear from you: JessGCasting@gmail.com

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