Life Aboard

Boat Living

Pirates Life = Boat Life


When you tell someone you live on a boat, they always think you have a parrot on your shoulder and look like a pirate! Funny part is, I have a pet parrot that does live on my shoulder (but I have had her for 6 years before I moved aboard). Still have all my limbs and I don’t pillage with a sword ;)

It’s funny how people instantly assume this is what you must look like if you choose to live aboard. In reality, liveaboards are normal people who simply discovered how great it is to live on a boat instead of a house!

Solar Panel Upgrade

Our old stern panels were a whopping 50W each. One of them died and we decided that instead of replacing, we should upgrade to 150W each!


Going up in size three fold has its challenges. The panels are much larger but the strength of the panel isn’t. I needed to reinforce the panel with a wooden X and supply support struts to both sides of the panel.


Wind isn’t as big of a concern to the panels, but water sure is. High winds will present a lot of force on the panels, but a wave will impart many times that amount of energy and with no yielding. The plan is to avoid sailing in heavy weather and plan our ocean crossings for times when the winds (and seas) are not extreme. In heavy weather, the panels can be secured down to prevent damage to the boat, but the plan is to avoid those situations all together.

Cozinhar Portuguesa

We have finished the major refit work on the boat, it is time to “treat yo self” with a delicious meal at a fancy restaurant.


We ordered Fillet and they let us come back into the kitchen to watch as our delicious meat was placed into the wood fired oven.


It sat over hot embers for a short time (we like our steaks “injured” instead of cooked).


The wood fire gave the food (and the whole room) a delicious odors. I wonder if the chef selects the type of wood used based on the flavor profile they are seeking?


Portuguese food loves garlic, and every piece of meat needs an egg! The amazing thing is the each order of fillet came with three steaks, each cooked to perfection.


The prices in the Azores greatly reduced when compared to Europe and the United States. This meal was at a fancy restaurant (Roberto’s Taberna), yet the entire meal was only € 17.50 per person and the bottle of wine we had was $17. All in all, the meal was amazing and the prices were very reasonable for what you are getting. If you ever find yourself in Terceira, make reservations for Roberto’s Taberna in Angra do Heroismo. You have to call and put your order in the day before so they can have your food ready, and it will be delicious!

Victory Break

The head is done!
The galley is done!
The topsides are done!
The deck is done! *almost


It’s time for a relaxing lunch to celebrate the progress we have made. In town, there is a quaint restaurant that serves the most delicious cheese on toast. This is a wonderful way to celebrate our little victory on the projects list!

Galley Refit: Completion

The galley is done! The wood working and counter top making ended a while ago, but the stove and oven were somewhere in the mail. Without them, I could not “finish” the galley refit, as a galley without a stove is nothing more than a sink.


Our new stove and oven are an older Origo 6000 alcohol system that fit nicely into the space provided. One of my friends has this same stove in his boat and he highly recommended this unit for our new stove. The best part of the unit is that the entire system is gimballed which will allow us to cook much more comfortably while making a passage.


With the stove and oven installed, our galley is finished! This project proceeded much faster than the head refit partly because I was working exclusively in wood, instead of a combination of fiberglass and wood, and because the final design was well thought out before the project began.

The head refit was a nebulous idea that morphed along as the project evolved. Every time I went to attach something permanent, we would look at the proposal and wonder how it would affect everything down the line. I always worried that what I built today would be removed tomorrow due to a change of plans. This led to a much more cautious approach which was also a much slower process.

The galley was anything from an evolving concept. We had the sink, all the wood, and the stove; though the stove was in the mail. The plan was well thought out and the goal was to finish as soon as possible because our end date was fast approaching and this wasn’t the final project for the boat.

With sure thought and a sound plan, the galley came to be in a very short amount of time which also allowed us to get our boat back into living condition with a relatively minor upset in the timeline.