Josh’s childhood sailboat
Baby-Josh with his mom on their family sailboat (…not sure that’s how you hold a baby??)
Josh and his younger brother getting into their inflatable dinghy
Josh showing off his first catch while learning to fish
Josh helping to scrape a sailboat hull
On a whale watching tour in Ucluelet, BC
Going on a canoeing & camping trip in Deep Cove, BC
On a snowshoeing mountain hike, Morgan gets ready to practice a fall-arrest with her ice axe (or commit a murder, not sure…)
Hitting up the North Shore mountains for a summer day-hike
Growing up in coastal British Columbia, Canada, I spent my youth hiking and camping all over my beautiful province, cultivating an insatiable love of the outdoors (you can slide through some shots of me on the left). This led me to seek outside jobs, and for most of my 20s I worked seasonally to care for government-owned parks in the summer, and doing office work in the winter. Because I worked so much, however, I wasn’t much of a traveller. At 31, I’ve only been to three countries (other than my own). And, until we bought our sailboat in 2017, I had never even been ON a boat, let alone sailed before!
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 the tech-sector. Ever since I was a kid I have been addicted to coding and technology. But I’ve only ever pursued it as a hobby, 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! What I know now, though, is that I am in LOVE with living on a sailboat and, for the first time, I feel energized to really see more of the world, meet different people, and explore!
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, and we bought her from them in 2017 in Seattle, WA.
Much love and smooth sailing,
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