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!

Useful Tool: Universal Socket Joint

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How can you reach that one nut or hex bolt that’s just out of reach? With a universal joint socket adapter, of course!

Dry Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I know there are people who cruise without dry bags, but they’re almost essential gear in my book. We’ve never had water damage anything in the dinghy!

Cruising Dreams Are Made Of This

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Why didn’t we get one of these years ago when we first started cruising? Silly me!

Turkish Towels: A Little Luxury

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Crave a little luxury? These Turkish towels are so soft and absorbant, yet take up almost no space and dry quickly.

Duffel Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Need a new duffel to take to and from the boat? How about one that’s actually designed for boaters? Why I love Sailor Bags duffels!

Sunscreen That Doesn’t Kill the Coral

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I love the reefs and love to snorkel. I was shocked to find out that many sunscreens could harm the reefs and looked for a way to protect myself from the sun that also protected the reefs.

Sleeping Well Means Better Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If I don’t sleep well, nothing goes well. A comfy bed is a BIG priority on our boat! Tips to make your existing bad much more comfortable.

A Case for Boat Cards

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Keep your boat cards in the dinghy and have them wherever you go!

Our Short-Lived Ryobi Cordless Vacuums

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

The first one was great. Not the second or third ones . . . and the warranty policy means that it’s pretty much useless!

Exceedingly Helpful Tool: Our Hose Puller

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Getting an old hose off a barb can be next to impossible . . . unless you’ve got this tool.

A Better Cruising Purse

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

This dry bag is designed to be a shoulder bag and is the perfect cruising purse!

Shaker Siphon: Simply the Easiest Way NOT to Pour Fuel

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Five gallon fuel or water jugs get heavy to pour! Stop straining your back with these super-easy-to-use siphons.

Communication Headsets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Have you ever wished there was a better way to communicate with each other or with multiple people while on your boat?

Nautica Howland Quilt Set

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I love our new bedding. Even better it (and several other designs in sheets, blankets and quilts) are available for V-berths and quarter berths as well as queen beds.

Choosing Boat Rugs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What makes a good boat rug? How long will they last? Is it worthwhile to pay a little more for better rugs? Here’s my experience and what I consider.

Setting Up a New PFD

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Good PFDs and tethers are expensive high tech gear. Here’s what we chose and tips on setting it all up.

An Ice Pick Onboard?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

You think of an ice pick as something used in the kitchen in days gone by . . . but it’s an essential tool on our boat!

Tekton Screwdriver Kit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I won’t go quite so far as to say this is the “only” screwdriver you need on the boat, but it comes darn close!

Stanley Mechanics Tool Set

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Boats — and the stuff on them — break. To fix them, you need tools. This tool set is one of our favorite buys!

Three Pairs of Shoes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Dave and I each only have three pairs of shoes. Here’s what we have and why they work for us.

USCG Required Waste Signs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want easy-to-install and wallet-friendly signs to comply with US Coast Guard requirements? All three signs for $10 and less than 5 minutes to put them up.

Sailbay Fender Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Fender covers can improve the looks of old or mismatched fenders, but more importantly they’ll protect your hull from marks left by the fenders.

LED Bulbs for Our Nav Lights

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want to change your boat’s navigation lights to LED bulbs? Confused about where you should use cool white, warm white or colored bulbs? Here are the answers.

Outland Hatch Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Hatch covers that are easy to install and use, don’t shrink over time and can stay on even underway? YES!

Suction Grab Bar

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A great idea from Belinda on Rickshaw — another (and maybe best) use for a suction grab bar.

Bright LED Bulb for Davis Mega Light

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Anchor light just using too much power? A Davis Mega Light with one of these super-bright LED bulbs was the answer for us.

Easy Battery Watering

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

How do you add water on a monthly basis to batteries you can’t even reach? A battery watering system makes it easy!

The Scrubba

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What’s your opinion of the Scrubba? Is it enough better way to do laundry by hand to justify buying it? See what others have to say.

Screw Holders

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

One of those tools that few people have even heard of, yet is so very helpful. And it’s pretty cheap, too!

Shock Cord Loops

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We use shock cord to organize lots of stuff, but don’t really like the plastic ends sold commercially. Instead we make much stronger loops with hog rings — here’s how to do it.

Testing Batteries

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A not-very-expensive battery tester that’s easy to use right in the boat with results comparable to a load tester!

Quahog Bay Boat Sheets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

High quality boat sheets that fit and don’t pull off, without the expense of one-off custom sheets.

Easier Paint and Gunk Scraping

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

This inexpensive tool made the scraping SO much easier without gouging the gel coat. And we’ve used it for lots of other projects as well.

Mantus Anchors

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Why we chose a Mantus anchor as the primary anchor for Barefoot Gal. Some day, our lives — or at least our boat — may depend on our choice.

Choosing Bottom Paint

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What’s the best bottom paint? How do you decide? What factors are important?

Save Your Knees

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

OUCH! Kneeling for any length of time, especially on non-skid, is hard on the knees.

DIY Boat Name Lettering

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Doing the design and installation work on our DIY vinyl lettering was easier than we expected and VERY cost-effective!

Little Buddy Heater

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Oh, I wish I’d known about this — and had one — BEFORE the first cold snap!

Hat Light

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Need a hands-free light but just haven’t found a headlamp that you like? Here’s what we use and it works great!

Duct Tape Differences

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

There’s duct tape and then there’s duct tape. Tips for finding the good stuff and avoiding the awful.

Solar Kandle Rail Lights

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

These solar lights are actually made to use on a boat, with mountings that work on stanchions and rails. Really high quality, too!

Leave-In Conditioner

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Dave’s long, fine, curly hair was a nightmare to deal with until a friend gave him some leave-in conditioner to try. Problem solved!

Waterproof Cases for Android Phones

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Waterproof cases aren’t confined to iPhones any more . . . and there’s an alternative to LifeProof cases.

Back-to-School Sales

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Back to school sales can be great deals on boat gear — particulary organizing tools, bedding and basic “kitchen” items being marketed to college students.

Rechargeable Batteries 101

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Frustrated that your cordless drill just won’t hold a charge? Or that the batteries in your camera die in the middle of your hike? Before buying replacements, learn a bit about rechargeable batteries.

XHose Pro Update

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

There have been a lot of negative reviews about the XHose Pro, but the one I got straight from the company is great in four months of almost daily use!

Fast-Drying Towels

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

A great choice for bath towels on the boat. Dry fast, don’t take up a lot of space, large enough to wrap around me and they actually get me — and my hair — dry.

Vacuum Recommendations

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

I asked TBG readers on Facebook for their recommended vacuum cleaners on their boats. See what they like and why . . . and add your own!

Tower Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I got lots of questions when I posted on Facebook about my recent inflatable SUP purchase. Here’s all the info.