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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 and decided to sail around the world.

Well, I got as far as Mexico before firstly Brexit and then Covid scuttled my plans. So I sold Gudgeon, the Hunter 36, down in Mexico and am now back in BC looking for another boat.

Domain name change complete!

Domain name change complete!

Well it was a bit longer than 'within the week' but I finally finished the domain name changeover. You should be seeing this now on saildivefish.ca (a studiously non-tied-to-boat-name domain) and hopefully, that is the last time ever I have to move domains because...

Pardon my dust

Pardon my dust

Over the next week or so, I'll be making a few changes to this website - the most important one is moving over to www.saildivefish.ca as Life on Gudgeon is certainly not accurate anymore. After thinking on it for a few months, I plan to keep the blog going as a more...

Gudge is sold!

Gudge is sold!

As the title says - after owning her for 7 years and living on her for 6 and a half, I no longer own Gudgeon. She was sold to a couple who are just starting their adventure and I think she'll be a great first boat for them (and is getting reflagged back to a US vessel...

Selling the boat

Selling the boat

So, since my last post I made a firm decision - I was going to sell Gudge, get my stuff shipped back to Canada, and then buy another boat back in BC at some point after the market has cooled off a bit. Oh, and make enough money in 2 years to retire permanently from...

Back in BC

Back in BC

So this is probably the longest update gap since I started the blog - but there really hasn't been much to report. I moved back to BC due to my contract finishing in Ottawa, and have been there since. No luck finding a job yet (apparently everyone else is also job...

Another update

Another update

So just another quick update - I haven't died and things are still chugging along. It's looking more and more like I will end up heading back to Mexico next year, pick up the boat and sail her back to BC. Selling her in place seems like a hassle (and I am very lazy),...

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...

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