Tiny living

Moving offshore and off the grid

Moving offshore and off the grid

The goal of my planning was entirely sustainable, off-grid living from May to November. All of our systems will run off of our 12-volt battery system, charged primarily by solar and additionally by wind generators.

A guide to simple coffee without the mess

A guide to simple coffee without the mess

I don’t drink coffee. I know, it’s strange. I simply can not stand the taste or smell of coffee no matter how many times I try it. Hot coffee, iced coffee, coffee ice cream…no, thank you. My wife, however, does drink coffee like a normal person, which means I make coffee on a regular basis. Due to the space and power constraints of life on a sailboat, a standard coffee maker isn’t practical.

How long will you wait to turn on the heat?

How long will you wait to turn on the heat?

Resisting the coming season, and savoring autumn, we collectively begin a silent competition. Who will be the last person to turn on the heat?

Five times I wished we had a normal toilet

Five times I wished we had a normal toilet

For living aboard, or off-grid living, it’s hard to beat the simplicity of a composting toilet. One of our first projects after buying the boat was to remove the aging head and all of the associated plumbing and tanks. The smell from those hoses and […]

Enjoy the fruits of your labor

Enjoy the fruits of your labor

I found myself caught up in the joys of sailing, relaxing, and reflecting. To take a few days off from the computer, unplugged and away from the dock helped to motivate me. I think it is important, from time to time, to look back on what you have accomplished, take a deep breath, and reap the rewards.

Friday Five: Kitchen Tools for Tiny Spaces

Friday Five: Kitchen Tools for Tiny Spaces

Choosing what to keep aboard can be challenging, but here are five items that will improve your experience in a galley or small kitchen.

Downsizing: Deciding What to Keep

Downsizing: Deciding What to Keep

It is amazing how quickly your things multiply when you live in one place for a while. Every time I move out of a house or apartment it seems my possessions have been breeding in the dark corners of my closets and bureaus. How else […]