I spent a lot of my childhood with my siblings down the ravine behind our house. In summer, we found salamanders under rocks and built dams across the foot-deep stream. In the winter, we slogged our way down the snowy slope to crack through the ice and always came home with wet snowpants. And while my mom knew where we were, she was hardly lurking behind every tree.
|Solving fractions and finding popcorn words.|
So I kind of feel bad for my kids. Living aboard means we get to spend a lot of fun time together, but it also means that they have a tough job escaping us. …Read More
|Summer 2010 – lemonade|
|Summer 2013 – handwashing|
Last night was Family Movie Night. We don’t do it often, but Grannie had taken a stroll through the local used DVD emporium, and sent us Ghostbusters as part of a care package. And who can say no to that?
As the film started and books started floating through the library, Indy pasted herself to my side and Erik and I shared a look. I suddenly remembered that a few of the ghosts in the film were pretty scary. I had misgivings; I did not want to induce a Gremlins reaction.Read More
When is a windshift shift worth tacking on? When is it better to play the shifts versus going for stronger wind? To answer questions like these it’s helpful to know how much you’ll gain in a shift. If you can quantify your decisions, they are often easier to make.
Here are some rules of thumb regarding distance gained/lost in a wind shift: If your boat’s tacking (or gybing) angle is 90 degrees then you’ll gain 12% of the distance between boats in a 5 degree shift, 25% in a 10 degree shift, 37% in a 15 degree shift and 48% in a 20 degree shift.…Read More
This is one of the most common questions I get from land folks. It is usually accompanied by a wide-eyed look and a shake of the head, as though we wake up every morning in our floating prison cell, wondering how to fill the dark and heavy hours until lights-out.
Never. Erik and I wake up every day, roll over, say good morning, and wonder, “What is going to break today?” There are few things you can count on in this world, my friends, but I can promise you this: on a boat, there is always something advancing along the ‘breaking’ continuum. …Read More
The Papillon crew is a family divided at the moment. While the girls and I visit long-lost friends and relatives, Erik is on the boat, hard at work welding fuel tanks and replacing swage fittings. It is a little disconcerting to be so far apart after 2.5 years of togetherness. The girls and I miss him. But I also worry. Because I get emails like this:
But, leaving hard-working husbands to their own devices, it has been fun to be “home” again – although, as Indy tells everyone, this is not home – she lives on a boat. …Read More
Rainy days are always a treat on board. Well, okay. Rainy days in the tropics are a treat,because it is warm outside. Rainy days in, oh, I don’t know, New Zealand, when it’s Christmas and it’s freezing and your in-laws are visiting and a gale is blowing and the anchorage is too bumpy to take the dinghy to land and you’re all stuck below decks for five days and all you do is cook and peel excited children off the ceiling and cook and brew more tea and cook and cook… those days aren’t my number one choice. But warm + rainy = fun.…Read More
(Dana Point, CA)- This years’ Seal Beach to Dana Point Offshore race had around 50 boats and they were treated to a beautiful day. From Ericsson 38′s to a J-125 the race had a plethora of boats, each with a good shot at the overall. Here’s the report from Keith Magnussen from the perspective aboard the J/125 TIMESHAVER:
“For most of the race, we were hoping to use our new Code 0 on the J/125 TIMESHAVER. Viggo Torbensen (who owns the J-125) is keen to optimize his boat for Transpac 2015 and has chosen Ullman Sails to power his awesome boat. Viggo had this to say about the Code 0 and working with Ullman Sails, ‘It starts with a desire to win then comes the boat keeping it dialed in and in top top shape, next would be align yourself with a sailmaker that understands the goal and is willing to go the extra mile to make the boat go fast, Ullman has become an easy choice for me because of Keith, yourself (Erik Shampain) and the team behind you.…Read More
One of the more common questions I get about life aboard is, “How do you make it all fit?” That’s easy. Step one: prioritize. We follow a simple space allocation formula on Papillon. I’ll draw you a pie chart.
|A place for everything, and everything in its place. Provided it is boat related, otherwise it’s out.|
As I am (loudly) reminded every time we run out of something, I am the Provisioning Officer aboard. We have lots of locker space so dry goods don’t present an issue, but I did used to think my fridge and freezer were too small. But when we were in Cartagena, Erik ripped them out and made them even smaller! …Read More