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?

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!)

How Do You Do Taxes When You’re Cruising?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Tips and strategies for dealing with US income taxes when you’re living on a boat and cruising.

Cruising & Plans

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cruising plans are often said to be written in the sand at low tide. It took us a couple of years to understand what that really meant.

Things to Know BEFORE Entering Boot Key Harbor

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I can’t address every possible question about Boot Key Harbor — but here is the info you need to know before arriving!

Storing Documents on a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Think carefully about your documents are stored — will you have them in an emergency?

Connecting to a Mooring Ball

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Tying up to a mooring ball is pretty simple, but this one piece of advice from Boot Key Harbor will make your boat much more secure

The Learning Curve

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Just starting boating or cruising and feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to learn? There are ways to make it easier!

Remembering How You Left It

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Storing your boat for a bit? Make it easy to remember how you left things with a simple trick.

Are You Going to the Show?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Going to the Annapolis Sailboat Show (2015)? Let’s meet in person!

Is Your Lifesling Ready For Use? Are you SURE?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Someday, your life or the life of someone you love may depend on the Lifesling working properly. Are you willing to bet your life on yours?

Boat Hair: To Cut or Not to Cut?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What’s best if you’re spending a lot of time on a boat? Long hair or short? I’ve had both (and in-between) and here’s my assessment.

Checking Safety Gear

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Don’t just assume that because you’ve got the safety gear on board, it’s in working condition. Check it!

Establishing Residency at St. Brendan’s Isle

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

The officials in Green Cove Springs understand full-time cruisers (and RVers) and make it relatively painless to establish residency. Here’s how we did it, step by step.

Why Florida Residency?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

As we become full-time cruisers again, why’d we choose Florida for our legal residence?

DISH Nightmare

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Ending our DISH TV service has been a nightmare . . . and it hasn’t ended yet.

Organizing to Move Aboard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Staying organized is key when you’re moving from a house to the boat. Especially if you’re going 1000+ miles from the house to the boat! You need to get everything to the right place the first time.

Choosing a Broker

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

You’re going to pay a lot of money to your broker. Make sure you get one that’s going to get your boat or house sold!

Don’t Lose Your Page

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

When you’re entering a new harbor or just wanting to double-check something on the chart, it’s helpful to be able to instantly turn to the page you need. Here’s how we do it.

Harbor Hillbillies

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Cruising through Boot Key Harbor? Be sure to stop at the newest breakfast place for a great dinghy-up/carry-out breakfast!

Another Florida Anchoring Threat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Once again, there’s a bill introduced in the Florida legislature that will severely restrict anchoring rights. A guest post by Wally Moran tells what you can do.

The Cruiser Way

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Yes, land-based friends help each other. But how often do they spend a day or more helping people they’ve just met?

Holiday Decorating

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Window clings are cheap, easy to store and make great decorations on a boat — whether on windows/ports or on walls!

Galley Design & Choices

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Looking for a new (or new-to-you) boat? You use the galley multiple times a day, so think a bit about your preferences.

What’s an Overnighter?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

How you normally use your boat can color what you mean by an “overnighter.”

Saying Yes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Going outside your comfort zone is scary. But it can be so rewarding . . . read more about how I’ve learned to say YES

Galley Design Issues on a Catamaran

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

There are lots of options for the galley when you buy a catamaran — this guest post by Estelle Cockcroft of Catamaran Guru tells what she likes and why.

Dividing Expenses on a Charter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Dividing all the little expenses on a group charter can be a pain. Here’s an easy way to keep it all equal!

What’s That Marker?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

How do you know what all those markers mean? Keep this downloadable PDF next to the helm and you’ll be able to quickly find anything!

Important Document Backup

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

It’s important to keep a copy of your important documents in a place that’s physically separate from the original AND where you can easily get them. Here’s an easy and FREE way to do it!

USCG Regulations

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Know the regulations and make sure you’re in compliance. Be sure to check state regs, too!

Tips for Selling a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

In the digital age, the online listing is the key to selling a boat. A few dos and don’ts for taking great boat photos that will get the right people to look at the boat.

Florida’s Pump Out Boats

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Cruising Florida? Prefer to have the pump out boat come to you? Here’s a list of anchorages with pump out services.

Easier Bed Making

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Five seconds can save a bunch of time, a twisted back, frustration and maybe even some cussing in the future.