The Boatist

Sailboat Ownership, Translation Work and Tales of Minor Adventure

Retire early, be passionate, don't worry, die poor

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I changed the blog's name again, this time to "Zen to Zero - Life of a Sailboat Owner." I must be going through a middle age crisis.

I also got my home rental blog's nothing special, but what can I say, I was in a rush. I'll improve it as time goes by.

I present you with Peniche Holiday Rentals. Hey, I even have a special offer going: rent Villa Oasis for a week in August and get invited aboard Jakatar at the marina for a drink and some adventure talk from a middle age salty.

See you in August.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Name Change

I changed the blog name from "Zen to Zero - Farm Boy Adventure" to "Zen to Zero - Jakatar."

Why? "Farm Boy Adventure" was attracting the wrong crowd on Google search, something I hadn't counted on.

Jakatar is my boat's name, and now I'll most likely get hits from people that misspell "Jakarta."

Why Jakatar? Well, the year before crossing the Atlantic my brother and I were having breakfast in a greasy spoon near the Port Dover marina when we struck up a conversation with a talkative waitress from out East.

"Where you boys originally from?" she asked. I don't know if she was referring to Canada or another country. Probably Canada because neither of us has any sort of accent.

"We're from Portugal...we're a couple of Portuguese sailors!" my brother said in his usual jovial engaging manner.

"What'do ya know, two Jakatars," she laughed playfully.

"Huh, what's a Jakatar?" I asked.

"Out East Jakatars are the illegitimate children of Portuguese cod fishermen, plus a few other things you don't wanna know about."

I hadn't registered the boat yet, just licensed it, and that, my friend, led to the brilliant idea of naming my boat Jakatar. I've seen worse names on boats.

Changing the subject
My holiday home rental site hasn't gone public yet because the houses aren't totally ready yet. Hoping to launch this weekend or early next week.

So, don't forget to check out and Facebook it, Twitter it, Google +1 it or whatever you feel like doing.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Holiday Furniture

The 2 apartments and one house are almost furnished and ready now. Almost, that's what I've been telling myself for two weeks.

Ocean front apartments
One of the ocean-front apartments - what a mess!!
We're talking about generic Ikea items. Let's see, 14 chairs, 3 dining tables, 3 sofas, 6 beds, 6 beside tables (which I varnished), 5 mirrors, a variety of coffee tables, TV tables, shelves, 8 towel hangers, toilet paper thingamijiggers, a slew of paintings, a bunch of ceiling and wall lights...OK, you get my drift, right.

I forgot about the truckload of home appliances, some of which I exchanged because they wouldn't fit. Life ain't easy.

I'm also building a website where I'll feature films, pictures, anything to attract customers. Here is my first Youtube flick on my new Toshiba Camileo X400. The flick is pretty bad, but I'll get better because that's my motto, to get better at whatever I'm doing. It doesn't always work, but it's my motto regardless.

One of these days, I swear, I'm going to take it easy.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Holiday in Peniche

Nothing exciting has been happening around here.

Funny, but that's what popped into my mind as I began writing this on a cloudy Friday morning.

I've been going full steam furnishing 3 homes (including one full bathroom renovation) and, strangely, there's no juice to it. No thrill, no excitement...whatever you want to call it.

But I've become an expert on drilling holes in walls for mirrors, bathroom fixtures, decorative items, curtain rods, there's no end to it! Not to mention assembling Ikea furniture.

Soon I'll have a holiday home rental site running for anyone wanting to spend some time in the Peniche area.

Holiday home with pool
The main attraction (corner unit)
Ocean view
Ocean view from the terrace