Author Archives: Mike Jastrzebski

About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.

Have you used an ATN Gale Sail?

By Mike Jastrzebski I’m directing this post to all of our readers who are sailors. Have any of you used an ATN Gale Sail? I know the arguments against the sail, and I know the advantages of installing a removable … Continue reading

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Buying a liferaft.

By Mike Jastrzebski When I buy new equipment for the boat I like to do a little research online. I particularly like to search out reviews. This has proven to be a challenge with liferafts because so few boaters actually … Continue reading

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Two thrillers for .99 cents.

By Mike Jastrzebski My boxed thriller set, A Deadly Two-Fer, is on sale through Thursday March 13th for .99 cents. This set includes my historical thriller, The Storm Killer, and Mind Demons (A Psychological Thriller). Here’s the description: Two complete thrillers … Continue reading

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Friends, boats, and cruising

By Mike Jastrzebski A couple of things happened this week that made me think about making friends and cruising. One of those things was a visit by Chris Kling and her new boyfriend, the other was an email from marina … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

By Mike Jastrzebski I’m not a very patient  person and so waiting for the fiberglass on the bottom of the boat to dry out is a frustrating process for me. Since it seems that we will be on the hard … Continue reading

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Yard Bird

By Mike Jastrzebski According to Wikipedia a yardbird is post-Second World War African American slang for “prisoner”, from the notion of prison yards. According to Mike Jastrzebski, (that’s right, that’s me) a yardbird is a sailor trapped on the hard … Continue reading

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On the hook again–well, sort of

By Mike Jastrzebski We’re actually on a mooring ball in Titusville. We have a 9am appointment to have our boat hauled today (Monday) and we decided to treat ourselves to a couple of days away from the marina. It’s been … Continue reading

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…

By Mike Jastrzebski …a rocket. The other night Mary and I gathered on the dock with half-a-dozen other liveaboards to watch the launch of the latest rocket from Cape Canaveral. In the past two years while we’ve been coming to … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones

By Mike Jastrzebski Today I finished installing my new CPT auto pilot and I got to thinking about how preparing to take off cruising is like writing. It’s all in the stepping stones that lead up to the finale. In … Continue reading

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Life on the dock

By Mike Jastrzebski To be honest I would rather be swinging at anchor than living at a dock, but sometimes it’s just not practical. If you’re still working, having running water, shore power, and a place to keep a car make … Continue reading

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