Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Recent Posts

LoonR or GaVANdae – It’s a boy!
Yes, we have a new addition to our roving family. A brand-new Class B camper van. Daniel is adamant that we will not name our...
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The Anchor’s Away
“Anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks, even if you intend to leave in an hour.”- Irish sailor Tommy Moran Dragging anchor is...
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Dan’s Galley

Dan loves to cook and the galley or kitchen is his domain. When he has an idea for a particular dish, he will find numerous recipes and then merge them together. Of course he always adds his own twist as well.

Click on the wine bottles to see the complete recipe list.

 

Random Posts from the Past

A Bit More About the Benjamins
After a day of cleaning, relaxing and general decompressing at Croker Island, we weighed anchor at 9:30 Sunday morning and followed Jerry and Clare in...
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Navigating the Erie Canal
I’ve been busy working on our 2017 Float Plan that will start in Rhode Island and take us into the Great Lakes in time to get...
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It’s Official – We’re Port Captains!
We joined the Great Lakes Cruising Club in 2014 – it only made sense that we join a sailing organization that is focused exclusively on...
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New Dimensions
The first month of life aboard Gaviidae in Bayfield has been busy and generally chilly. Much, but far from all, of our spring launch to-do list was checked off by …
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A Raging Storm and Vanity Bonfire
We warily watched the storm front race along a course parallel to our own.  Barely five miles off our starboard, the storm clouds presented a...
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Crossing Lake Erie – The Big Bash
Lake Erie is famous for being a rough lake and she showed us all sides of her devious self. Our very first day on the...
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The Boat Kitty

Our boat kitty is subsidized in a very small part by our affiliate relationships with a number of vendors. When you go through our site to purchase an item, you may get a small discount and/or we may get a dollar or two dropped into our boat kitty by the vendor.

We do not have affiliate relationships for all of the items, some we have included because we have found their products exceptional. The items included are also not exclusive to life on the water – many work equally well in any home.

Click on the kitty to see our favorite items.

Our Journey into Housesitting

A number of years ago, I met a woman (Lisa) through the Facebook group Women who Sail and I followed some of her postings. Along the way she mentioned ‘housesitting’ and I asked her for more detail. Lisa supplied me with tons of information about her foray into housesitting including contacts, websites, and tips on getting started.

Realizing that we did not need to stay in one place during the non-sailing months opened up a huge number of possibilities for us. Equally important was the realization that we did not need to pay rent when we could travel and take care of people’s homes and pets. As the bean counter in the family the idea of taking those dollars designated for rent and putting them towards either travel expenses or boat improvements sounded like a win-win.

Housesitting Information

Required Skills
Both Dan and I had both grown up with an assortment of animals and we really missed having furry critters around. My experience covered dogs and horses but Dan had grown up on a ranch...
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Housesitting Resources
One of the most common questions we get asked is how we find the housesits. The simple answer is the Internet. There are numerous online services that you can join to either find housesits or look for a house sitter for your own place.
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Tips for Sitters
Housesitting Tips for Sitters (based on our experiences) We’ve learned a few things during our time as housesitters. We have compiled a list of things we wish we had known when we first started housesitting.
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Tips for Homeowners
We also get asked by homeowners what they can do to make their sit more appealing and how to make sure they get qualified sitters.
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House and Pet Sitting Locations
Here are the locations where we have been house and/or pet sitting, are currently housesitting (bouncing icon) and where we are scheduled to housesit. Get Directions From To Add Waypoint For Driving Walking Transit Bicycling...
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Housesitting Profile
About Us My husband (Dan) and I are retired. In 2013 we sold our beautiful condo in downtown Minneapolis and now spend our summers on our beautiful 41′ Gozzard sailboat. Currently we are sailing on...
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Housesitting Posts

It Never Rains in Southern California
Got on board a westbound seven forty-seven may sound familiar to many but Dan was surprised that I knew the song – he figured I...
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Housesitting – Changing Course
My sister recently commented that Dan and I live a glamorous life. Yes, there are moments – quite a few actually. But there are also...
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Reflections of a Winter
I stepped outside with our two canine wards on their leashes. The smell of wood smoke wafted through the surrounding woods. While the convenience of...
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Housesitting – It’s a Wrap (and time to get ready for the sailing season)!
I am currently enjoying my morning coffee in an idyllic place near Roxbury CT. Again, our house and pet sitting adventures have taken us to...
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About Dan and Julie

We started our sailing journey very casually – Dan on a Sunfish and Julie on an O’Day Daysailor. A chance invitation from a co-worker to sail in the Virgin Islands got us both hooked and started us on a very different path for recreation and as a lifestyle.

2013 – Heading into Duluth on our G37

From that initial charter experience we both began to dream of a sailboat large enough to live on with a goal of getting to tropical waters. We did our research on boats, made a list of requirements (the must-haves vs. would-like-to-have). Our process led us to Gozzard Yachts but it was 2013 before we actually purchased one.

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Team Gaviidae

Daniel DeWeese
Captain, Galley Slave, Mechanic
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Julie Thorndycraft
Navigator, Chief Efficiency Officer
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