year-round living on a sailboat in maine


We live on our sailboat year-round in Maine, and it’s an ever-changing adventure. We try to live simply, off-grid, and in the moment. Daily life is a combination of seamanship, maintenance, organization, relaxation, excitement and constant motion. There’s a little something for everyone here, even landlubbers. This is what it’s like to downsize, choose adventure, and follow a passion.

As many of you have now seen, we have relocated our blog feed to be hosted by the Bangor Daily News! We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand our audience and interact with the people of Maine. We will continue to post how-to, maintenance, and technical information, and we are shifting our site around a little to reflect that. For more technical posts we will continue to post directly here at A Life Aboard. For our lifestyle, sailing, and Maine related content we will post mainly to our Bangor Daily News page.

Navigating between the sites should be seamless as there are links in the main menu to get you to the posts you are looking for. If you have any issues, please let us know. For those of you that have subscribed here at A Life Aboard, please consider following us over at our BDN Blog as well so that you don’t miss a thing!

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  • A nearly perfect dinghy
    by Matt Garand on June 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The perfect dinghy for us may be vastly different than the perfect dinghy for you. I’d love to hear about what you use and how you’ve adapted it to fit your needs. To start the conversation I thought I’d share our solution to harbor transportation. […]

  • Top 7 boating habits to avoid
    by Matt Garand on June 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

    As summer begins in New England and thousands of boaters hit the water, a significant portion of them will unknowingly break the written and unwritten rules of the water. Below is an incomplete list of boating faux pas, assembled by a professional mariner in no particular order, to keep your reputation, and your boat, in working order. […]

  • Five ways to spend Father’s Day on Casco Bay
    by Matt Garand on June 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    If you haven’t already made plans with your dad, you should consider spending a day on the bay! What dad wouldn't want to enjoy the holiday soaking up the sunshine among the Calendar Islands? Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or a new activity to share with your father, Casco Bay has something for everyone. […]

  • This must be what yachting is like
    by Matt Garand on June 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Even with an abundance (relatively speaking) of power, there are still some things we just can’t do. One of them is to heat water with an electric water heater. Before I get into the nitty gritty of our situation, I’ll give you a spoiler: we have found a way to make hot water with little electricity or fuel. It is incredible. We now have electricity, refrigeration, and hot showers. This must be what yachting is like! […]

  • Seasickness has an evil twin
    by Matt Garand on May 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    For the first time in several years, after a few days at home, I was landsick. That’s right; I was not seasick while on the boat, I was landsick walking on shore afterward. […]