Living Aboard

Blog posts about my experiences living aboard the S/V Libby.

Bottoms Up!

On Saturday June 16th I hit a milestone as a sailor; the seas welcomed me into a long line of mariners as I crossed a blessed rite of passage. What was this blessing, you ask? I ran aground. Did I run aground whilst racing? No. Did I run aground while trying to reach my destination…

Cruising Plans-Need Advice

When I used to board my horse in Livermore, California, I learned some invaluable lessons from Wendell*, a fellow horse-boarder. Among his many small pearls of wisdom, one was, “When it comes to horses, never offer unsolicited advice.” The adage can be used for many things, including sailing. Everyone has a certain way of doing…

Anxious to GO

It’s June. This is ridiculous. I had all winter to work on my boat to make it close enough to perfect. Did I use winter to work on anything? Heck no. Why? I’m going to cite craptastic weather and my access to 30 amps of continuous power as the main productivity-draining culprits. You know what…

Adventures in Fueling

 One thing I love about living on the hook is living privately, quietly, and having a 360 water view. Life on the hook is abundantly pleasant. Winter moorage officially ended on May 1. Tuesday was my first day back on the dock to fuel and fill up my water tank. Like all boating tasks, even…

Final Dock Days

I’m coming up on my final week of living at the dock, and I must admit I’m thrilled the end is near. While the convenience of land is easy to take advantage of, I’ve found over the past seven months that it comes with a price: a lack of privacy, noise, and sometimes a sense…

Copyright 2015. Courtney Kirchoff.