Monthly Archives: February 2015

Last day @ Galilee Harbor, we are now officially “anchor outs”!

We have lived on our boat(s), first s/v Skarthi and now s/v Shawnigan, at Galilee Harbor for almost 4 and a half years. Our time here has been amazing and will always be treasured. When we first moved into the harbor, there were 16 kids ranging from ages 2-18 years old. Now there are 12 ranging from 4 weeks old to 16 years old. We feel so blessed to have been able to raise our kids in this tight nit community of artist and maritime workers. As a co-op, our kids were able to learn about shared space and the maintenance involved. Workdays, bathroom duty, public duty, meetings, committees, fundraising events, and celebrations are just a few of the happenings at Galilee Harbor. We will take our experience here and hold it dearly and of course share about it with others throughout our travels.
We are starting a new chapter as “anchor outs” as a way of transitioning toward our future voyage of sailing about the world. We will be able to get a taste for not having the convenience of a short walk to shower, laundry, grocery stores, coffee shops, visits with our neighbors and friends and a quick hop on my bike to get to work. All of these will come with a row to shore first and a row back out. Oh, and no more unlimited wi-fi. Some benefits: We will be off the grid almost 100%. We get to change our “house” location frequently. With that comes a change in view, our neighbors, our grocery options, occasionally a shorter bike commute to work, and proximity to different friends depending on where we anchor.
Thanks for the love Galilee harbor and thanks for the generous shove off the dock!

GHCA: legally permitted community began in earnest on August 4, 1980


Boatschool report

We have been thoroughly enjoying boatschooling. I am frequently asked “So, how is homeschooling going?” My usual response is “Great! I feel like our family is so much closer and that we work together more.”. Then, I ran into a friend from our girls’ previous school and she asked me how homeschooling was going. Out of my mouth I spewed “It has been so amazing. I feel like we can now give our kids the unconditional love that they need through the struggles they have with learning and throughout the entire day. Not that their previous school wasn’t loving, but just that receiving unconditional love from either or both parents throughout the day and through their struggles is so important and so rewarding.”. She looked and me and said “Wow!”, and then she said “You should write about that.”. So here I am writing about it. I highly recommend homeschooling as long as you have time. Our kids grow so fast and we are so happy that we can be involved in their upbringing so intimately.

Here are some pictures of some projects we’ve been working on:

This was part of Ellamae’s social studies. The topic was “Draw something about your community that stands out to you and tell us why you like it.”. This is her drawing of our harbor at Galilee.

Nina finished her report on the Clark’s Grebe. Hopefully you can zoom in to read it.


And Taj is learning how to play. One day he’ll be bigger than our Mantus anchor!