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Outfitting Your Boat: The Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Where do you start in outfitting the galley on your new boat? It’s a kitchen, but different . . . tips to help you select the best gear.

Aquabot Parts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If your Aquabot should break, don’t throw it away! It’s easy and inexpensive to get parts.

SVRS & Passport Renewal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The SVRS program makes it easy for US citizens to check back in after cruising to foreign countries. A few tips to navigate the system with ease —

Your First Night Aboard (BR Podcast 10)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

You’re so excited — time for your first night on the boat. What do need? Do you need to buy anything?

Where Are We Heading Next?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We just got back from the Bahamas, but already we’re planning where we’re going next . . .

An Easier Climb Up the Learning Curve (BR Podcast 9)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The learning curve can seem to go straight up at times with a boat. Tips on flattening it out and keeping it fun.

Taleisin’s Tales

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

New book by Lin Pardey — join them as they shake down the second boat they built — Taleisin — and then cruise her from California to New Zealand.

Hurricane Prep Thoughts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We have prepped for quite a few hurricanes. A few of my thoughts on the process . . .

When Everything is Something New (BR Podcast 8)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Every. Single. Thing. I. Do. I. Have. To. Learn. Nothing is familiar and the learning curve seems to go straight up. Hang on and listen in for ways to cope!

Turkish Farmer’s Stitch Blankets & Throws

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

When I’m a little chilly, my Turkish Farmer’s Throw is just perfect — snuggly soft and the ideal weight. Great for cool evenings in the cockpit, a naptime coverup or extra warmth on the bed!

Learning Your New Boat (BR Podcast 7)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

More details on how we learned both of our new-to-us boats . . . and some of the systems we had to figure out! Listen in for more details —

Learning to Use a New Boat (BR Podcast 6)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Learning the systems on a new-to-you boat is a daunting task. How can you do it, remember it, and stay sane? Listen in to find out how we did it —

That Time I Wanted Off the Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I’d had it. I was overheated, exhausted, sick and nothing was working right. What do you do when cruising is going badly?

Overwhelmed by Your New Boat? (BR Podcast 5)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Did you just buy a cruising boat? Suddenly overwhelmed by the thought of outfitting it and learning it? You’re not alone — and here are some tips to make it easier!

The Boat-Buying Transaction (BR Podcast 4)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Now that you’ve found a boat want to buy, how does the transaction work? What about a loan? Survey? Insurance? Closing? Listen in!

Storing Food on a Boat (Sailing Podcast)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Hour-long Q&A about storing food on a boat, especially without refrigeration. I’m honored to be a guest on The Sailing Podcast!

Looking at Boats in Person (BR Podcast 3)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

What do you need to do to prepare for the initial inspection of a boat you’re looking at? And what should you be sure to do once you’re there? Listen in!

Looking at Online Boat Listings (BR Podcast 2)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

There are thousands (millions?) of online listings of boats for sale. How do you ever choose which ones are worth looking at? Listen in and find out!

Thinking of Buying a Boat? (BR Podcast 1)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Where do you even start in buying a cruising boat? Listen to Episode 1 of my show on Boat Radio to learn just that!

What Do You Do All Day?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

What do you DO all day? When you’re just at anchor, doesn’t it get boring? Is it just like vacation every day? Not exactly . . . here’s one of our typical days.

Eleuthera

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Eleuthera . . . pink sand beaches, the Glass Window, fun events, friendly people along with great provisioning and services!

Handling Checks When Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Managing your financial life while cruising is a lot easier than it was 15 years ago. Here’s how we handle the few paper checks and bills we receive.

Tips on Using a Solar Shower

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Ten years of using solar showers . . . 12 things we’ve learned for using it as your only shower on a boat!

Less Stressful Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We all dream of carefree cruising but the reality of boat maintenance and trip prep can get in the way of that. Three things that greatly lessen the stress for us.

Ciguatera Poisoning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How much do you really know about ciguatera poisoning? How prevalent is it? How serious is it? What you need to know before you eat another piece of fish.

Doing Laundry By Hand

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

In many cruising locales, laundromats or laundry services are few and far between. So we resort to doing laundry on the boat . . . a neat tool to make it a lot easier on your back and a few tips on how I do it.

Cruising at 75+

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Many people go cruising in their early retirement years, but can you keep cruising at 75+? What does it take?

Seven Things About the Bahamas

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Seven things to know — and really take to heart — before heading to the Bahamas to help your planning.

Anchor As If It’ll Blow 50

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If you always anchor your boat as if you know it’s going to blow 50, you won’t be surprised if it does.

Bay Leaves in Flour

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Putting a bay leaf in canisters of flour is great for keeping bugs out, but what about keeping the bay leaf out of your baking. Here’s a simple trick to solve that problem!

Weather on the DeLorme inReach

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The DeLorme inReach now has weather forecasts. Through satellite communications, get land or marine weather anywhere — affordably!

Choosing a Dinghy

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Your dinghy choice is almost as big a decision as your “big boat” when it comes to cruising enjoyment. What we just upgraded to and why . . .

Our Composting Toilet

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The learning curve for our Nature’s Head composting toilet has been steeper than expected, but we love the unit. Here’s what we wish someone had told us.

Cruising in Hurricane Season

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We actively cruise during hurricane season . . . but we keep a close eye on the weather and are pretty conservative. Not saying it’s right for you, but here’s how we manage the risk.

The Cost of an O-Ring

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A minutely cracked o-ring in the deck fuel fill cost us dearly. Don’t make the same mistake.

Staying in Touch

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

There just aren’t cell towers out on the water — or in many great cruising anchorages. So how do we stay connected with family and friends?

Weather Windows

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Waiting for a weather window can be frustrating, but by moving to a staging anchorage in a new area, we’re having fun while playing it safe!

Things to Carry in the Dinghy

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Stay safe when you’re exploring by dinghy by making sure you have the right gear aboard. The legal requirements are a bare minimum . . . here’s what else we carry!

Renewing Chalky Gelcoat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

With age, gelcoat gets chalky unless it is polished regularly. But even if your boat’s gelcoat has been neglected, it’s possible to bring it back with just a bit of DIY elbow grease!

DIY Dog Grooming

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

One big worry about cruising with a dog is what to do about grooming. Eleven years with a “poodle-ish” mix has taught us quite a bit about DIY grooming . . . and it’s really not hard!

Mold & Mildew

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Mold and mildew are the bane of every boat owner in hot, humid climates. Tips to minimize the problem when “the old stand-bys” just don’t do it.

Anchoring Bridle with a Mantus Chain Hook

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A bridle (or snubbers) is an essential part of the anchoring system. How ours are set up and why we use the Mantus Chain Hook (hint: it stays on!)

Using Lazy Jacks

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Does it drive you nuts to raise the main on a boat with lazy jacks? A couple hours and about $100 in parts can solve the problem!

Ratcheting Box Wrenches

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

So many times, working on the boat means working in really tight places. There’s not much room to turn a wrench and not enough clearance for a socket. A ratcheting box wrench to the rescue!

Up the Mast

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If you have a sailboat, someday you’ll have to go up the mast. The easiest gear we’ve found to use and some tips.

Outboard Fuel Line Problems

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The fuel line for our outboard had all the symptoms of a serious blockage. We really weren’t prepared for what we found when we cut it apart!

Changing Lower Unit Oil in an Outboard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Changing the lower unit oil on an outboard is part of the routine maintenance. Here’s how we do it when we’re out cruising without a motor stand ashore

Clearing Cockpit Drains

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cockpit drains need to be kept clear so they will drain quickly. But it’s easy for things such as hair and parts from a project to go down them. So you need to clean them out. This inexpensive tool is the best we’ve found!

Cleaning Non-Skid Boat Decks

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cleaning our non-skid decks was a pretty hated chore with lots of scrubbing on our hands and knees. We discovered a product that made it much, much easier.

Pulling Electrical Wires

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Installing new equipment on a boat often requires new electrical wiring. Two tips for running that wiring in tight spaces.