Growing up in coastal British Columbia, Canada, I spent my youth hiking and camping all over my beautiful province, cultivating a robust love of the outdoors. This led me to seek jobs where I could be close to nature, and for most of my 20’s I took care of government-owned parks in the summer and then switched to office work in the winter. Because I worked so much, however, I wasn’t much of a traveller. At 31, I’d only been to three countries (other than my own). And, until we bought our sailboat in 2017, I had never even been ON a sailboat!
I’ve spent the bulk of my career (10+ years) working in the government sector, and I always found public service very rewarding. Helping people is something I very much enjoy, and it was a great way to serve my community.
Before I moved into these jobs, though, I really thought I would end up in a cubicle at Microsoft doing computer programming. Ever since I was a kid I have been addicted to coding and technology. Though I’ve only ever pursued it as a hobby, my experience is equivalent to doing 15+ years in the field, running the gamut from building databases to building websites. I LOVE being a techie! The only trouble with this passion, though, is it keeps me indoors too much. ?
I’m not sure what made me take the leap to leave all I knew for life as a liveaboard. Maybe it was exposure to too many motivational posters about life and ‘carpe diem’, ha ha! Now I am lovin’ life being on a sailboat full time, sailing down the Pacific Coastline with my hubby and doggy. I feel energized to really see more of the world, meet different people, and explore!
As an offshore cruising vessel, a third of her weight is contained in the ballast to account for heeling over or, heaven forbid, a knockdown. To this end, all cabinetry are fitted with positive locking steel latches to prevent them accidentally opening and spilling their contents. There are also well placed hand-holds throughout the cabin, and we’re planning to install a galley harness so we can keep both hands free while cooking in whatever weather we happen to face.
S/V Grey Matter is a pilot house design, modelled after Bruce Roberts’ 392B sloop. She was fabricated in Bellingham, Washington and her interior and finishing work were completed by her first owner (a building contractor) who did up the entire interior in oak. She was launched in 1994, sold to an American couple in 1997 (who actively cruised with her for 20 years!), and we bought her from them in 2017 in Seattle, WA.
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