I’m Carolyn Shearlock. From 2002 to 2008, my husband Dave and I lived aboard our Tayana 37, Que Tal, full-time and cruised the Pacific side of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez and Central America. During that time, I learned a lot about what works — and doesn’t — aboard a boat.
After a few years ashore dealing with medical problems, we’re back to full-time living aboard and cruising — now on a Gemini 105M catamaran in south Florida, the Keys and Bahamas. A very different boat and location!
I started The Boat Galley to pass on all the galley tips, tricks and insights I’ve gained over the years. I focus on practical ways to cook without prepared foods and electric appliances, with ingredients that you can actually find and store on a boat. I also try to provide insights on gear selection.
While I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a little girl, I’m not a gourmet chef. Cooking is fun . . . but I also enjoy a lot of other aspects of cruising: snorkeling, hiking, exploring new towns, entertaining friends, and sailing from one gorgeous anchorage to another.
And over the years, The Boat Galley has expanded to included articles about boat life and DIY projects. I love the collaborative nature that the site has taken on with readers expanding on many of my ideas. Together we know so much more than any of us do by ourselves.
In addition to the comments under each article, a lot of discussion takes place on TBG’s Facebook page. I’d love to have you join in — get more info or just click “Like” below and TBG posts will start showing up in your newsfeed along with questions and comments from other readers:
Everything here on the site is free, although I do make some money from the advertising here and when readers purchase from Amazon (and a few other retailers) through the links here. It does not extra cost to you, however.
There’s also a free e-newsletter highlighting all the new articles as well as a couple of older ones that you might have missed. It’ll be delivered via email, so you won’t miss a thing even if you’re away from internet coverage for a while. Click here to subscribe — it’s free and you can cancel at any time.
You might notice that while there are a few recipes here, there aren’t tons. That’s because you frequently don’t have internet on the boat, and so can’t refer to something on a web site. An actual cookbook is more useful in my opinion — whether in print or electronic format.
And so The Boat Galley Cookbook was published in 2012. It contains over 800 boat-friendly recipes made from obtainable ingredients with hand utensils, in-depth instructions for unfamiliar cooking techniques, and food storage and substitution information. You can read more about it or just see where to buy it in 90 countries worldwide.
My co-author, Jan Irons, and I created this “trailer” to introduce ourselves, show where we’ve cruised and talk a bit about how The Boat Galley Cookbook came to be
Whether you just go out for an afternoon or are planning to go around the world, I hope you‘ll find the information helpful and that you’ll have as much fun on your boat as I do on ours. Most importantly, wherever your boat takes you, have a wonderful time!
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