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My name is Justin Davey and I am a filmmaker originally from Nova Scotia. Soon after graduating from a BFA in filmmaking in 2008, I began thinking about affordable living and my future desires to see the world. While living in the attic of an old mansion, which overlooked Lake Ontario, I came to a natural idea. Go to sea. Having once sailed Lasers on a small lake at children's summer camp, I harkened back to that feeling and joy from drifting in the wind. Now would be the best time I figured to buy a boat and get going. I needed a little boat that I could afford with no money and found a Continental Folkboat in Toronto where I lived. The bulkheads were rotten, but it was a well built fiberglass boat. The little brother of the Alberg 30 I so desired, having recently then discovered fellow Canadian Mr. Yves Gelinas round the world film Jean Du Sud. So I asked the owners of this boat if I could pay them off in increments over the summer. They agreed and I moved aboard. I made several small improvements to the boat and sold her the fall. The girlfriend I named her after was not so inspiring anymore. I immediately needed another boat next summer to live on.
That was the summer of 2008, and two boats later I am still struggling to find the cruising life I wanted. Naturally, I looked at simplifying my life in every way to save money. Finally, I was able to bring a boat up to Toronto from California, dump a bunch of time and money into it and then sell it for what might then buy me a larger more liveable boat. I knew I wanted this boat to be on the west coast, where I could live comfortably in-water year round and take advantage of the abundant sea life for food. So finally I escaped Toronto's grasp, and the horribly paying but nevertheless enjoyable job of driving a city taxi.
Then I found then called "Oosik Narwhal". A George Buehler Emily. She was a heavy ol' girl without being too big. It was love at first sight, even as I found her sadly neglected in a boatyard in Bellingham. I made a deal with the seller, and she was mine. Next I moved to the Yukon where I could live cheaply out of the back of a pickup and work to save a bit of kitty. I have a few friends up in the Yukon who are of like mind. They grow as much of their own food as they can. Some live in apartments, some cabins, and others in yurts. They were all supportive of a life off grid aboard my new boat and I knew I had finally come to the right coast to make my long time dreams come true. The jaded life of Toronto slowly became forgotten as I embraced the liaise-fair west coast with it's undeniable beauty. As a budding author, the idea was forming that I should make the book and film that I wanted to see. A guide to fishing, foraging, and living aboard in the PNW. It might just be a way to help make living aboard, truly day to day without the 9-5 that can slow valuable on-water learning.
Wanting to know more about my new boat I found the builder online and we began a nice back and forth. Turns out this gentleman is a Bellingham resident, builder and musician, whom some of you here may know. Turns out he is an Oar Club fellow.
Upon further investigation of growing food on a boat, just this summer I discovered "sailing the farm" and shortly thereafter Mr Jay Fitzgerald's "Sea-Steading". When on Amazon, I did a "look inside" the book and to my much amazement found a photograph of my new boat, then named Avalon. You can imagine my delight of having found THE BIBLE I had been looking for with a picture of my new boat in it. Serendipity! Of course I ordered the book from Amazon and I am now patiently awaiting its arrival.
This brings you up to speed and so now I humbly will ask this group the following.
Would those of you, with vastly more experience than I in both sustainable living and sailing, please chine in as I undertake this new adventure, which you all have a keen interest in? Will you consider supporting this documentary I am now calling "O"? Support can come in many forms. Hands-on assistance, advice, and encouragement would surely propel this personal film project of mine well into production.
The concept is what I now know to called Sea-Steading. Please email me at daveyjustin(at)gmail(dot)com to receive a PDF with a little more about me, the project and my crew. Tried uploading it to the forum but it didn't work.
I hope to work with you soon. As of today, I am finishing up some work in the Yukon and planning my early October drive to Bellingham, where work on the boat begins.