Hello, I’m Tricia.

I like music, making stuff, Cornwall, laughing, dancing, learning, talking bollocks, reading, movies, cheese and quite a few people.

I met a boy who bought a boat. I moved on the boat. We’re doing her up and we might sail off into the sunset on her. I’m going to write about it here.

It’s been pointed out to me that this description doesn’t actually tell you much, so here’s a bit more information:

Gwen is a 35 year old 36ish foot concrete gaff cutter who has been a houseboat for many years. We’re refitting and converting her back to a sailing boat, which has included tearing out a lot of the existing bulkheads and fittings, rebuilding the coach roof and creating an awful lot of sawdust. Though we’ve got all the original sails we’re having to build most of the rig including the mast. The plan is to get her sailing then save up and bugger off where the wind takes us. Maybe, hopefully, eventually, the Caribbean, and perhaps beyond, working where we can along the way. Maybe just round the corner.

Rich (also known to me as Chard) is a traditional wooden boatbuilder who has worked on all sorts of gorgeous projects including, when I met him, Grayhound. He likes making stuff too, and has previously owned a junk rigged Contessa which he sold to buy a smaller boat. Instead he met me and, really soon after we got together, inspired by each others’ love of travel and the sea (and apparently, complete lack of common sense), decided to buy us a bloody great concrete floating home in which to dream instead.

As previously mentioned, I am an idiot who needs to learn how to sail.

We live on Gwen round about here, which is pretty darn brilliant.

2016 update:

We’re sailing Gwen now, as planned (who saw that coming?), and I imagine it could be confusing to read this blog without knowing the full cast on board. Here’s a brief list of the things for which only we have names:

Bob: My little nesting dinghy, made by Rich.

Fanny: Rich’s less little nesting dinghy, also made by Rich. Bob fits inside Fanny on deck. If you’d like your own, we’re open to commissions and in need of the cash.

Geordi La Forge: our Aires wind vane self steering system.

Needle: my fishing rod, bought for me by Rich in Falmouth.

Serenity: my old mirror dinghy, now no longer with us (but with someone else, fear not).

2017 update:

Well, fortunately I seem to love sailing. I’m also trying to use spare time to learn to be an illustrator. Here are my latest sketches and stuff.

2018 update:

The blog is over, the boat is sold, and the whole adventure was one of the finest things I’ve ever done. I miss Gwen and our life aboard more than I can possibly say, but there are other adventures ahead once we’ve decided what they’ll be. I’ll leave this blog up as long as anyone might stumble across it to see if the boat bum life is worth living (spoiler: it is).


9 thoughts on “About

  1. Ellen & Seth says:

    Hi Tricia,
    Thanks for the follow and hope you’re enjoying our stories 🙂 Looking forward to checking out more of your posts! Sounds like you’re onto a big adventure in boats!
    Cheers, Ellen

  2. svtakeiteasy says:

    Hi Tricia, welcome to the crazy world of boats – you know what it means Bring On Another Thousand! Thank you for following our adventures in sailing and photography. Sounds like you are on a mega adventures yourselves! Chris

  3. James says:

    Hi Trish,
    Really good to meet you and Rich on board Gwen just now. As I expected, your blog puts mine to shame! Hopefully we’ll meet up again further down the coast, or on another continent, another ocean . . .
    Fair winds,
    S/Y Moonrise

    • trudelfish says:

      Lovely to meet you too! Looking forward to checking out your blog when I next get ashore. Have a great trip tomorrow and see you out there somewhere. Tricia and Rich x

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