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Ruff Life Tradewinds Trawler
andrea jansen
ruff life trawler
Hola! Ruff Life was my home from 1997 until 2009, anchored in the bay of la Parguera, Puerto Rico. My mid-life adventure was a doozie, starting off with buying this 1971 single-engine trawler, sight-unseen, and heading for the Caribbean. Ruff Life was quite comfortable for a boat, and I especially liked the large windows on either side, even if they didn't open. The interior living space, which also served as my studio, could fit in most people's dining rooms. I survived on five gallons of water per day, which I filled on shore and dinghed out to the boat. A wind generator on the flybridge helped supply power, but it was a daily effort to conserve electricity. I did manage to learn some Spanish, made lifelong friends, and fell in love with the island. People ask how I managed to live so minimalistically, let alone running a business afloat. You'd be amazed how little you need to get by.
Specifications
Fiberglass Hull #001
Wood Cabin
Length: 33'
Beam: 11' 9"
Draft: 2' 10"
Engine: Ford Lehman 120 HP
300 gallon diesel capacity
75 gallon water capacity
15 gal. water tank w/separate pump
Dual Station
Mahogany Interior
Teak Trim

Equipment
Wind Generator
Inverter 800 watt; 3500/6000 watt
Link 10 Battery Monitor
Electric head
Cybernet 4 Station Hailer
Standard VHF
Datamarine Total Distance
Datamarine Depth Sounder/Alarm
Datamarine Chart Link
Raytheon Color Echo Sounder
Apelco Sat Nav
Robertson Auto Pilot
4 bilge pumps(3 auto; 1 manual)

Comforts of home
Norcold Upright Fridge/Freezer AC/DC
Electric Oven/Range
Microwave
Color TV/VCR AC/DC
Built-in stereo system
15,000 BTU Air Conditioner
Swim platform with ladder Distance
Canvas covers throughout

 


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Inside was a great place to curl up with a good book, or relax after a hard day's snorkeling. It was also my studio. I sewed all the cushions on a Tinker-Toy sewing machine kept onboard.
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Czar's favorite spot was lying up front where he could still see inside.
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All surfaces were usually covered with paint paraphernalia and gourds in all stages of production.
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A second drive station and wind genny
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The Flybridge. The tower held the wind generator and outdoor lights.
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I cooked outside, and went through at least a half dozen barbeques until my Coleman. I sewed all bimini covers.
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king tut

When I bought the boat, the original name, King Tut, was painted over. I eventually repainted the transom, thus ending "No Name Trawler."
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