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Natural Selection

We live aboard a 42′ Kadey-Krogen in Victoria Harbour. We are small house people. We moved from a sweet little house of just under a 1,000 feet to our boat in March of this year.

We moved from a sweet little house of just under a 1,000 feet to our boat in March of this year, so the transition was really not that difficult, and frankly we love small space living.

We have travelled around quite a bit and had a few adventures along the way. This summer we took her down to Vashon Island across from Tacoma and had her upholstery redone. She is a 1998, so we were not in love with the dark blue velvet. It made it really dark in here. We settled on Sunbrella fabric because we also live with our black pug, Sydney, and have quite a few grand kids. We wanted a fabric that cold lighten it up in here, but still be durable. The upholster had done an interior of a beautifl Hans Christian sailboat a few years earlier with Sunbrella, and they did a webisode on the makeover of that boat. Long story short they were looking for a trawler boat to feature and they joined in on the makeover and threw in some extras. It was fun! We plan on living here for a long time, so we wanted her to look nice being that she is our home. She is a 1998, so we were not in love with the dark blue velvet. It made it quite dark in here. We settled on Sunbrella fabric because we also live with our black pug, Sydney, and have quite a few grand kids. We wanted a fabric that cold lighten it up but be durable.

The birds and water are a huge bonus! The boat activity, otters, harbor seals, float planes coming and going (Victoria is an international airport with a LOT of air trafic) and rowers all add color and interest to our daily lives. It would be really hard to think about going back to a land based life after living this way. Of course there is a lot of boat maintenance that goes along with it. Barry loves that part. It works for me! I get to focus on making our boat feel like our home. Plus, I am an artist, so I make room paint in my make shift studio as well! You do what you have to do to get to live this way!

A 1998 Kodey-Krogen house in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Shared and owned by Jeanette MacDonald.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Lynne Hopwood November 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Just love your place on the water! The makeover is gorgeous. What an adventurous life you have chosen! Makes us all envious 🙂 Love the area you live in, too. I lived there long ago and it is perfect for cruising around. Only thing I would add would be some beautiful planters on your deck that would hold some greens for salads and juicing! Beautiful job!

    • Reply Jeanette November 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Lynne,
      Yes, planters would be great! The only problem is that when we go to the states we can not bring plants with us. And the San Juan Islands are one of our favorite places to visit. We traveled for six weeks in Puget Sound this summer. We live in such a great cruising area!

  • Reply Pat Murphy November 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Love this! It is so simple and beautiful. I am feeling a real need to declutter my living space, but I wonder if I could pare down this much. It seems that it would be freeing. Enjoy!

    • Reply Jeanette November 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks everyone! You would not believe how much stuff we still have on this boat! We constantly need to pare down! Sydney, our pug lives very happily aboard Natural Selection. She is happy wherever we are as long as she is with us. She is the type of dog that doesn’t need to go out constantly, which works well with this
      Ice style. When we are anchored out, we use the dinghy or canoe to get to shore. They say there are two types of boaters. The type with dogs and the type without. The type with dogs see and explore land a lot more! It forces us to get out there, even if we at not really feeling it!

  • Reply K. Jerome Schmidt November 7, 2013 at 2:15 am

    You have a beautiful home.

  • Reply sue November 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful boat and home! Just curious…how does it work with a dog on a boat? Do you take him to shore?

  • Reply Pamela Bockman November 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Love your boat….beautiful! Love your dog…every bed needs at least one puppy on it :).

  • Reply Sandy, Paul & Buddy November 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Jeannette, Barry & Sydney have a warm, inviting home that has so many personal touches … and I’m not just saying that because we are neighbours and friends!

  • Reply Kelle Arvay November 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    You are living the life that my parents lived! I grew up living on a 42′ Trawler in Puget Sound and Canada. We were actually moored for quite some time in Victoria Harbor in the mid 70’s. We also were moored in Tacoma for awhile as well. In between though we traveled throughout the San Juan islands. I remember one time going through the straits of juan de fuca during a horrendous storm. Talk about scary. Of course I was a child then and my parents seemed quite calm about the whole thing. Anyway, we made it through and found a safe haven for the night. Enjoy the lifestyle you have! Living on a boat were some of the best memories of my entire life. There simply isn’t anything like it and the people you meet are wonderful.

  • Reply Kelle Arvay November 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    P.S. As I read your story another thing we have in common struck me and that is we also have Pugs.

  • Reply bobby tan August 10, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Hi Jeanette

    (Hope i got ur name right)

    Congratulations for chosing ur lifestyle….

    I am retiring to Philliplpines …and I hope to own a boat like yours so I can viist as many of the 7107 islands of Philippines…

    Again congratulations!

    Bobby Tan
    Singapore.

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