Author Archive | Chris Troutner

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.14.00 PM

Friends in slow places

Julie’s birthday was in April. For a present, I got her a mechanic. A friend of mine, who also happens to be a diesel mechanic, agreed to ride over to Friday Harbor with me to school us on the basic maintenance of a diesel engine. I have learned my way around gasoline engines, but there […]

Continue Reading
Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 9.01.10 PM

Ice box upgrade

I’m ruined. I like being productive, but it does not trump other needs in my life like sailing, or walking in the woods, or being creative for the sake of being creative. Or blogging for that matter, which explains why this website has been so quiet. To offset my programming marathon and just ‘unplug’, I […]

Continue Reading
Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.20.36 AM

Another day cruising in paradise

Like a pendulum swinging back, I got my need for solitude satisfied by a few days alone on Cypress Island. The next weekend was time to celebrate Julie’s last day of work. She was a successful digital nomad until she moved to San Juan Island. There she accepted a government job. The promise of a […]

Continue Reading
Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 5.22.48 PM

Building a better boat office

Now that I’m working remotely, I decided that I need a dedicated desk area, designed ergonomically, to support my marathon writing and programming endeavors. I’d been casing the starboard, aft quarter berth as the potential site of my new desk area. To be honest, I’ve been trying to imagine a desk in this corner of […]

Continue Reading
Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.56.53 AM

Voyaging has its challenges

My first week of remote work was a bit of an adventure. The weekend before, I moved the boat to Cornett Bay inside Deception Pass. The bay is extremely well protected and lots of dock space is available in the State Marine Park there. Much to my chagrin, this bay was also ‘protected’ from cell phone […]

Continue Reading

Skol!