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There are always projects

Replacing hatchesOriginally uploaded by behang We purchased this boat with the idea that it was already in solid shape, and definitely not a “project boat.” All you boatowners out there now shaking your heads at us know… EVERY boat is a “project boat.” It’s just a matter of scale and how much you want to […]

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We’re a little busy

Thanks, we’re busy Originally uploaded by behang Our Dear Children are currently spending “summer camp” at their grandparents in northern Michigan. In a lovely, remote, far away, 12 hours + travel time, recreation-filled summer destination. So…we’re busy. Blog updates will be more regular soon. :->

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Hiccups on the road to salty dogdom

my cheering squadOriginally uploaded by behang Our transition to living on board has been much smoother than either Jamie or I anticipated. It would have been so easy, we thought, for one of the kids to have some objection to the dramatic shift in living space and neighborhood. Our house is on a great little […]

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It’s a big backyard

a solstice paddleOriginally uploaded by behang One aspect about our choice to live on a boat which people often comment on is the very small space we pack our lives into…and with three young children, the lack of a big yard or area for them to run and play in. It’s a pretty big misconception. […]

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Finally living aboard

Jamie bringing Totem into Eagle HarborOriginally uploaded by behang What does it take to get moved onto the boat? By a few of the numbers: 4 dumpster runs3 vanloads to the Children’s Hospital thrift shop2 vanloads to Goodwill1 vanload to the Grace rummage salea massive garage saleat least 200 cups of coffee As of May […]

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More….Progress?

Sometimes it feels like one step forward, two steps back. Totem is not habitable right now…couldn’t even go for a sail. She’s floating in Eagle Harbor, but the mast is up in Port Townsend. The main salon settees are mostly ripped out. The bunk cabin is an empty shell- no bunks, no sole. All three […]

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Making Progress: Getting a Hard Dodger

We’re working through a myriad of projects to get Totem ready to be our floating family home. The boat is currently up in Vancouver Island, Canada, getting a hard dodger installed by the great team of Jacques and Bea at Tartarooga. Jamie and I took the boat up in on a mild weekend in mid-October, […]

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In my happy place

happyOriginally uploaded by behang Best day all year, hands down. Good memory when the days are grey and drizzly…

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Bringing the boat home

Although we told our selves “we’re open to anything”, the truth was that Jamie and I had been hooked on the Stevens/Hylas 47 since stepping on s/v Windarra in early 2006. This boat was the perfect combination of proven bluewater cruising reputation and a layout to fit our family. There were almost 80 of the […]

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