The Channels

home is where the heart is

It’s that feeling that you get when you will be home soon after a long time at sea. It comes from the early days of merchant sailing in England, when ships reached the English Channel after their long voyage. The sailors would get excited and they lost focus on the tasks at hand. The channels … Read more

Summer Fun – missing out


It seems I haven’t had a lot of inspiration lately to write blog posts. This year has been a long and hard one. Life of a sailor has some downsides, and the biggest thing on my mind lately is how much I miss home. Specifically, being with loved ones, and missing out on the summer … Read more

What Do Sailors Do When They Aren’t Sailing

British Virgin Islands

Here is my growing list of things to do around the boat while I am home for now, dockside. Fix the 2 leaking hatch windows over our bed Clean, clean, clean – tidy the mess, vacuum, clean all the surfaces inside and out, scrub the outside of the hull, etc Get rid of winter stuff … Read more

Birds Nest in the Boom


So this morning I witnessed a small bird trying to stuff a twig into the end of the boom. I quickly got dressed and went out there and put tape over the hole. Now I’m afraid I’ve declared war with the birds, it’s two of them. They’re sitting on the radar and the boom making angry bird sounds. I don’t think there’s eggs in the boom but if there is I may have just killed them… And now the two birds are probably going to bomb the boat. I just cleaned it too, now we’re going to get covered in bird poo…

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A Year in the Life of a Sailor


Life of a Sailor was started exactly a year ago while I was working on the Algorail, newlywed, dreaming of buying a boat someday. So much has happened this year, looking back I don’t think I’ve made nearly enough posts to convey a year in the life of a sailor.   Here’s what I’ve done … Read more

Sailing season begins! Take off the shrink wrap


I love when jobs get done while I’m away from home. In February I had gone away for a course and Jay fixed the toilet. This time I go away for a while and I get a text from one of our neighbours – she knows that I’m gone for work now – saying “Your … Read more

The Reason You Should Buy Canadian

If you work at a factory that builds cars, surprise, it’s actually in your best interest to buy the cars built by your factory. Why? Because those cars are made to be sold, the money made from selling the cars is how you, as an employee of the company, get paid. If you make a … Read more

Back Into the Swing of Things

Sunrise before the storm

This time I’d like to give an update on ship life – what it’s like to work on cargo ships. Spring is in the air back home and when that happens we often get asked when we will be going away. This year, shipping on the Great Lakes is actually expected to be slow across … Read more

Officially Starting off my Season for 2016

dool 2008

There is a point while you are still at home and you haven’t left yet to join your first ship of the season when you switch from being on vacation to full work mode. For me this moment is usually when I dig out my watch, and put it on my wrist again. It’s always … Read more

Nothing But Time

Frenchman's Bay-3

Since I’m not currently at work, and still on vacation for the next couple months, it’s a long enough time that it really needs to be planned out and a bit of a schedule made up for this time. I’ve tried to find some ideas on what to fill my days with on google for … Read more