Meet The SaltWest Crew

Hey I’m Josh ~ Welcome to our kick-ass website!

All my life I’ve been fortunate enough to be on or around water. Spending every summer as a kid on our sailboat on the Great Lakes, I grew up learning to sail and loving the water.  After spending some time in Australia and Mexico after graduating high school, I got really into surfing and it turned into a lifelong passion.

After graduating from college, I moved across the country to spend a decade in high-pressure business environments, followed by a migration into non-profit. They were stressful times for me, but these experiences helped refocus my priorities to pursue a more meaningful and enjoyable lifestyle.

By this time I had met Morgan and we decided to move to Vancouver Island where I fulfilled two bucket-list dreams: I wrote and recorded my first prog-rock EP called Idle Divine, and I ran my own surfboard company, making artisan-quality, high performance boards for serious waves. A few years later, when we made the decision to sell our house and buy a sailboat, I put the business on ice and we dedicated ourselves to embracing a whole new way of life… again!

Now, together with our dog Kyuss, Morgan and I look forward to sailing the oceans of the world and exploring every inch of this beautiful globe we call home.

Hi, I'm Morgan! Best known for professional consulting and amateur sailing

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 you may discover from reading our LogBook or watching our weekly adventure episodes, we’re a bit sarcastic, a bit rough’n’tumble, and definitely opinionated. But don’t let that scare you! We love connecting with people and having those interesting conversations that seem to arise frequently in the honest, open-air atmosphere that travelling embodies.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us below either — we’d love to hear from you!

Our Home Wherever We Roam

Here she is – our pride and joy – the good ship Grey Matter!

Our vessel and home is a 42-foot steel-hull Bruce Roberts cutter-rigged sloop (whew, that’s a mouthful)! She was designed to be a long range cruiser, and has already sailed up and down the Pacific Coast from Alaska, USA to Mazatlan, Mexico.

For those interested in the nerdy details, she displaces about 37,000 lbs, has a 13-foot beam, and a 6.5-foot draft. She has a modern full/fin keel with a large skeg-hung rudder, and a sugar scoop transom with built-in swim platform. We estimate her freeboard to be about 5-feet from centre forward, and about 7-feet at the elevated aft deck.

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.

Take A Tour of Our Sailboat ~ Watch The Video Below!

Our Goals for SaltWest

what you can expect from us

  • HONESTY and NO B*LLSH*T No matter what we do – from running our digital design studio to creating a series of blogs and videos on our sailboat lifestyle – we are committed to staying true to our ourselves, and our content will always reflect our honest experiences. You will find we are professionals in the truest sense of the word, and this means we will never BS you. When we recommend products, use affiliate links, or participate in sponsorships, it is because we actually use those products and can vouch for them (read our full Disclosure Policy here).
  • A PASSION FOR OUR WORK We are fortunate to care deeply about our professional lives and the work we do to fund our “out there” lifestyle. Our profession is digital design and online marketing. Morgan has been developing business tools using MS Excel/Access, and designing and creating amazing websites for 15+ years. Josh commands a long history in business and enterprise-level leadership, having worked for several large and successful companies in Canada and the U.S.A. His skill sets include a strong knowledge of marketing and business strategy.

    Need a new or upgraded website? Better branding? Logo or graphic design? Contact us today at SaltWest Studio!

  • DEVOTION TO BEING USEFUL When you live the cruiser lifestyle, it works best to have a few different irons in the fire. Because of his lifelong love of boats, and experience with them, Josh has been hired to train new sailors on how to use their own vessels (from engine maintenance to sailing technique to safety). He also performs deliveries for private owners, and offers specialized services in TIG welding, mechanical and electrical work on boats. All skills he continues to use daily and keeps sharp in the upkeep of our own boat!

    Ready to learn how to sail your new vessel? Need your boat delievered to a location where you can jump on and take over? Have an important boat-repair or upgrade project? Contact us today at SaltWest Marine Services!

Sailing and Adventure

  • Articles in our LogBook on all of our experiences since moving onto our sailboat and starting our ‘cruising life’ full time
  • Answers to your questions about sailing, living on a sailboat, and all things sailing (contact us anytime!)
  • Shared knowledge from locals and other travellers on their experiences in the locations we visit
  • Detailed costs on what we spend to help you budget better for your trip or sailing-related purchases
  • Travel guides and tips for all of the places we visit
  • In-depth guides and how-to videos for sailboat maintenance and repairs

SaltWest Studio

  • Brand development and communication
  • Logo and graphic design
  • Web (re)design and development
  • Multi-channel digital marketing, with a focus on social media distribution
  • Film and photo productions, including drone filming
  • Print media design (e.g. business cards, posters, stationary)
  • Data-driven business reporting tools, developed with MS Excel and MS Access

SaltWest Marine Services

  • New boat owner vessel orientation
  • New boat user manuals
  • Professional vessel delivery and captaining services
  • TIG and stick welding for repair, maintenance and upgrades
  • Diesel engine and outboard maintenance
  • Marine electrical
  • Rigging
  • Steel and fibrerglass repair

What You’ll Find Here

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