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

Gaviidae Sails
Gaviidae Sails

Adventures of a Wandering Loon

Recent Posts

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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The Nerd Again – GaviidaeSails 2.0
GaviidaeSails was publicly launched in May of 2015. Can’t say it was ready – it was still very much a work in progress. But Dan...
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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

Sunset on Lake Superior
Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful sunset as we motored north from Sault Ste. Marie towards Batchawana Bay on the eastern shore of Lake...
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The Long Way Home
So yesterday I was heading down the dock to the clubhouse and ran into Carl Berdie who had walked over from Bayfield. We chatted and...
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CPR Slip (Not Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
With the summer rapidly slipping away, we had eliminated a number of stops along the northern shore. One of those cut from the itinerary was...
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We’re Off!
After a crazy day doing laundry, getting the dinghy inflated, cleaned and on the davits, stowing the provisions (I thought we already had a pretty well...
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Heading East – The First Leg
Our first leg east covered 84 miles. We left on September 3, 2014 and allowed five days which was three more than was really necessary....
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Boat Projects – The Loon is Wailing
We are approaching mid-June and Gaviidae is still inside waiting impatiently for us to finish our various boat projects. The Loon is ready to jump...
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North Channel of Lake Huron – The Benjamin Cut
The North Channel is the northern portion of Lake Huron west of Georgian Bay. It is a beautiful area covered with small and large islands...
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North Channel – The Jerry and Clare Tour
In a prior post I briefly mentioned our 2005 trip aboard Blue Loon. It was during that trip and at the Spider Bay Marina in Little...
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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.

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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. 2018 – 2019 Housesits 2017 – 2018 Housesits    2016 –...
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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

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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Wayward Socks
While Dan and I have been enjoying our housesitting time, there is one part of our household that seems to be having a difficult time...
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Living the Nomad Life – Adventures in House Sitting
Being a nomad requires you to be flexible and go with the flow whenever possible. I’m sure that some of you find it amusing that...
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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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