shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

Line Lizards

September 9, 2013

Though I joke that children are untrainable, ours have finally mastered the habit of never leaving a line uncoiled: dock lines, mooring lines, anchor lines, snubbers, sheets, reef lines, and halyards are all coiled and left so they will run freely when necessary.

Line lizard

To assist with this habit for halyards and reef lines, Dave made line holders ("lizards") on each cleat on the mast and boom. He secured one end of a twelve inch piece of starter cord through the hole and around the cleat with a bowline, then used a bowline in the other end to form a loop.

We slide the loop through the coil of line and back up over the top of the cleat to keep the line neat, off the deck, untangled, and ready to use. Such a quick and easy way to help your crew keep lines in order, even if they are forgetful kids.

And yes, I know there are other ways, probably many pages of ways in the "must-have" boating catalogue, but this was our free, simple solution. That's what it's all about.

MONDAY we'll share the most unusual use of a plastic bag we've ever seen. Keep your boat afloat when it's sinking with a plastic grocery bag? You'll be amazed.

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