10 things I’ve learned from my boat dogs

by Christine Kling


10. Don’t let other people dress you.



9. When in Florida, make sure you live in a place with a pool.



8. Life on a boat is waaay better than being homeless – even though we may not dress better.



7. When sailing, it’s always wise to have a safe hole to crawl into.



6. If you live with a writer, it’s always best to keep an eye on them. You never know what kind of mayhem they might be dreaming up.



5. Practice looking innocent — it’s sure to come in handy some day.



4. Never let the one you live with know who the real boss is.



3. AND don’t let them know you have expensive tastes. expensive


2. Getting old’s not for sissies. chipheater


1. And finally — Living on a boat gives you the freedom to let it all hang out.



Fair winds!


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About Christine Kling

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I’ve written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When I was married, I helped my husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. After launching her, we sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we chartered for over two years. While in the islands, I received my 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, the first book was followed by CROSS CURRENT (2004) and BITTER END (2005). The fourth book in the series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007. At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, I took the motto of this blog to heart. I quit my day job as an English professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale (just when they offered me tenure, I said no thanks and took early retirement). I was living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I made from my books having parted ways with the big publishing establishment. I self-published two books on my own: a small collection of four short stories entitled SEA BITCH: Four Tales of Nautical Noir and my first stand-alone sailing thriller set in the Caribbean, CIRCLE OF BONES. In 2012 I was offered a publishing deal with Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint Thomas&Mercer and they reissued CIRCLE OF BONES. The sequel to that book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE came out in June 2014. And as for me, I'm no longer a singlehander on my little boat. I met Wayne Hodgins in 2013 and after a whirlwind Skype courtship, I flew to meet him in Fiji and we sailed a nearly 2000 mile passage to the Marshall Islands for our "first date." We now sail together aboard LEARNATIVITY, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.
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3 Responses to 10 things I’ve learned from my boat dogs

  1. Very cute, Christine. I wish I had your knack for blogging. I think I need to start working on a new book!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Glad the Terror is proving useful as an excellent muse!

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