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.

The Q Flag

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The Q Flag 101 . . . what it means and when to fly it

Meal Planning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Planning meals isn’t the hard part for me — it’s remembering what I was planning so that I don’t waste food. I finally found a solution!

Aquabot

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want a small pressure sprayer? Say to do dishes, wash off feet or snorkel gear, or rinse veggies? New on the market!

Favorite Galley Apps

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Looking for galley apps or want to tell others what ones you like (or don’t)? Here’s your chance to share with other TBG readers —

Making Water Taste Good

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

We needed a way to quickly have good tasting water without having to go buy it. The PUR dispenser doesn’t just make good water, it’s great!

Nautical Jewelry

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Three friends all make nautically-inspired jewelry, but all very different from one another. I love all my pieces!

Clothing To Be Seen In

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Bright clothing = less chance of being hit while having fun!

Cookina Barbecue Sheet

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

The Cookina Barbecue Sheet makes grilling virtually anything SO much easier. Dave is no longer the reluctant griller!

Grill Recommendations

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

In need of a new grill for the boat? Here’s what TBG readers recommend

Electric Appliances in the Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Some use lots of electrical appliances on their boat, others can’t imagine it. What’s the real story?

Cruiser’s Nutcracker

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Whether it’s cracking nuts or crab claws, you probably already have a good tool aboard!

Stove Considerations

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

WOW! There’s a lot to consider in choosing a stove for a boat . . . or determining whether the one in a boat you’re considering buying is a good or bad feature!

Another Idea for Draining Dishes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Great idea for a small dish drainer to hold small items (or just a few dishes for a single-hander) and doubles as a colander.

Sink Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Need more counter space? Sink covers can give you a lot more! Photos of numerous ways to do it.

2-Burner Stove or 3?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Whether you’re looking at a new boat, “new-to-us” or planning a galley refit, know the pros and cons of both.

Cockpit Lighting on Charter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Going on a charter? These lights are all small to pack but add a lot of ambiance to dining in the cockpit — not to mention safety as you move around after dark on deck!

More Ice Cubes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Got a freezer on your boat? But don’t see how you have enough space to fit a whole tray of ice cubes in there along with everything else you want? Here’s what some readers are using!

One Sink or Two?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Are double sinks best on a boat? Is there really an advantage?

Galley Linens

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Annette Baker of Seamless Sailor shares ideas of items that everyone needs in the galley and which are easy to make yourself, with links to directions.

Spaghetti Scrubber

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A pan scrubber that doesn’t get stinky and food rinses right out of!

Fire Blanket

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

For many cooking fires, a fire blanket will do a better job of extinguishing it without all the mess to clean up. Few boats carry one, although they’re not expensive. Take a look . . .

Engine-Driven Refrigeration?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Thinking of installing a new refrigerator on your boat and wondering about engine-driven versus 12-volt? Or looking at an older boat with an engine driven system?

Great Gifts $10 to $25

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

More really useful gift ideas for boaters — 7 items that almost anyone will love to have aboard their boat and don’t cost a fortune!

7 Galley Gifts Under $10

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Great gifts don’t have to cost a lot! Here are seven things that many people don’t even know about but will love using.

What Makes A Good Thermos?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Want to keep your coffee hot on a cold night? Some bottles will do it, others won’t. Here’s a comparison of different types of bottles and how they work.

Non-Rusting Dish Drainers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Two more good choices for dish drainers if you have a double sink — these won’t rust, take no storage space, and allow air drying even when underway!

SailorBags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Great bags that work! Tough, easy-to-clean and designed for use in the real world. My cooler bag is really impressive; the totes and duffles look good, too!

Six Tools for Easy Galley Clean Up

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Cleaning up without a dishwasher can be a chore. But these six (inexpensive!) tools will make it a lot easier.

Sealing Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Chip clips just don’t do a great job of sealing bags in the humidity aboard a boat. These bags seals are a snap to use and really do form an airtight seal!

A Dishrag That Doesn’t Get Stinky!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

These dish rags work better than any others I’ve used to get dishes clean, with the added bonus of just never smelling nasty. No need to use a fresh rag every day! One of the most popular items with TBG readers.

Engel Portable Freezer – Refrigerator

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Don’t have a refrigerator? freezer? or want more space in yours? The Engle line of portable refrigerator/freezers and drop-in units might be the answer — super-easy to install and very energy efficient!

In-Sink Dish Drainer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If you have a double sink, you can easily make one side into a dish drainer — great if you’re doing dishes underway (or in a rolly anchorage) as dishes are contained and can’t fall to the floor!

Timer

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

A good timer is critical to good baking . . . and, frankly, cooking anything without burning it if you’re likely to be distracted like I am!

SodaStream

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Is a SodaStream for you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of one? Will it save space? money? weight? Here are answers from other cruisers!

Tattler Re-Usable Canning Lids

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Outside the US, it’s hard to find canning lids. Using the Tattler Reusable Lids solves the problem, plus they tend to seal better — not to mention being environmentally friendly!

Provisioning Cooler

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

My provisioning cooler is my secret weapon in getting cold foods home without spoilage, even when it’s HOT out!

The Best Cooler for Food Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Are those expensive $300 or $400 coolers really worth it? Can a cheaper one hold ice and food for a week? What are the trade-offs?

Choosing the Right Water Filter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

All sorts of water filters are out there. Figure out which one is best for your needs.

Water Filtering Systems

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Bad-tasting water from your boat’s tank? Filter it! Three suggested ways to do it, with the pros and cons of each.

Using Fewer Paper Towels

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Three ways to use far fewer paper towels.

Coffee Filters

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Paper, permanent or no filter at all? Here are your choices . . .

Baking Stone

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

A baking stone can really help with oven hot spots. Here’s what to look for when buying a baking stone particularly if you’re going to use it in a boat oven.