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 . . .

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!

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

Dinghy Bottom Cleaning Made Simple

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A much easier way to clean the dinghy bottom. Why didn’t we think of this years ago??

Clean Your Dinghy Bottom More Easily

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We’ve finally found a product that significantly cut the time to clean the bottom of the dinghy. Even better — it’s cheap!

Dinghy Getting Heavier?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We wasted a lot of time trying to find a serious problem, when the real problem only took five minutes to solve!

Emergency Motor

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Your dinghy motor can get the “big boat” to a safe place . . . not very quickly, mind you, but it’ll do it with these two techniques.

Easier Dinghy Cleaning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Over the years we’ve learned several “tricks” to make cleaning the dinghy a bit easier. Here’s one from when we were living on a small lake!

That Pesky Dinghy Kill Switch

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Driving the dinghy? Wear the kill switch!

Cruiser’s Purse

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Trying to figure out how to keep all your “stuff” dry in the dinghy? Get a cruiser’s purse (yeah, guys use them too)!

Discourage Dinghy Thieves!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Got a rowing dinghy? Here’s a simple way to discourage thieves that’s totally FREE!

Don’t Burn the Dinghy!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Your dinghy is your car when you’re on the boat. You really don’t want to see it go up in flames because of a careless mistake!

Provisioning by Dinghy

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

If you’re taking groceries back to the boat by dinghy, you need to protect certain things (say, sugar) from getting wet. Here’s how to do it!