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.

Got Clothes Hooks but No Loops in Your Clothes?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Thin little clothes hooks sometimes fit where nothing else will, but if your clothes don’t have a hang loop, the hook can poke a hole. Dave had a simple solution!

Name Tags for a Group

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I’ll bet you’ve got a whole roll of name tags on your boat

Seeing Overhead

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Working overhead can be trying if you wear bifocals and are attempting to do close work while looking through the distance portion of your glasses. Great reader tip!

Getting Tough on Ants & Roaches

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

One simple thing is keeping our boat pest-free despite being in southern Florida.

Where Gunk Collects

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A hidden low spot for dirt and liquids to collect. And boy, they have!

Got Flies? Get Tabasco!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Got flies? Try this way to get rid of them fast . . . another reason to keep a bottle of Tabasco on hand!

Stop Rattling Doors

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We work hard to eliminate noises underway on Barefoot Gal. Here’s how we stopped a couple of doors from rattling when rags just didn’t do it.

Motoring with Crud in the Water

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

When you’re motoring, your engine is constantly circulating sea water. Crud in the water can cause the engine to overheat.

Quieting Vibration Noises

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

The fire extinguisher rattling on the wall whenever the engine was running was going to drive me nuts. A 30-second DIY solution that’s almost unnoticeable!

Dish Scraping 2.0

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

If you use a Ziploc bag to store your food scraps and scrape plates into, this little device is like having someone to hold the bag open for you!

Galley Drain Gunk

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Clogged drains are never any fun . . . but when you can see the clog and can’t pull it back through the tiny drain openings? Really frustrating. Here’s what I did . . .

Scraping the Dishes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Use less water to wash dishes and greatly reduce the chances of clogging the galley drain? Double-win!

Kinked Lines?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Kinked lines driving you nuts when they won’t go through blocks? Here’s a quick solution from Dave’s Sea Scout days!

Getting Rid of Spiders

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

In some areas, spiders just love boats. How do you get rid of them? Here’s a way one reader learned by accident.

Saving Stuck Zippers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

My old dirty salt encrusted daypack looks new again and ALL the zippers work perfectly!

Better Flyswatting

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Plagued by flies? Forget about the fly paper that can catch your hair — this one modification of your swatting technique will take care of the problem!

Non-Slip Rugs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Don’t worry about trying to find a rug you like with a rubber non-slip back, or the right size (and expensive) non-slip mat to put under it. A trip to the fabric store will make any rug non-slip!

Feeling Welcome

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

No one wants to feel like the new kid, or left out. A simple “hi” goes a long ways!

Kid-Safe Ant “Poison”

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

A reader’s recipe for a non-toxic way to get rid of ants worked for me this past spring. Great not to have to worry about nasty chemicals in food prep areas!

A Buffet for Bugs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Make sure that bugs don’t see your galley as an all-you-can-eat buffet!

3 Lessons from a Boat Fire

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Every boater’s worst nightmare: waking up to find your boat in flames. Three lessons from a near tragedy.

Hull Liners

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Got a serious condensation problem? See what one reader did to line the hull, padding items inside and preventing water from getting to cans and containers and making it easy to clean!

Line Control

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Keep your cockpit lines neatly stowed for yourself or for entertaining with this easy DIY solution. No holes in the boat and installation takes less than a minute!

Less to Carry to the Laundromat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I hate having to carry heavy detergent bottles to the Laundromat. Tide pods are much easier but require a little care in handling.

Salad Garden, part 2

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

More ideas and helpful tips on how to have an onboard salad garden. Fresh greens and more without refrigeration worries!

Death to Fruit Flies!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A simple way to get rid of fruit flies quickly, with cheap ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Fire Drill!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

You practice other things on the boat — docking, MOB, heavy weather tactics — so why not have a fire drill (or two) and make sure everyone knows what to do? And when to just leave?

Seasoning a Stainless Steel Skillet

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Fed up with food sticking to your stainless skillet? Seasoning it takes just ten minutes and makes an amazing difference!

Scrub Buds & Dish Drops

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Are some stainless scrubbers and dish soaps better than others? Yep. Do you need a big sink full of suds to get dishes clean? Nope.

The Refrigerator and Your SSB/Ham Radio

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Don’t lose a refrigerator full of food by forgetting to turn it back on when you’re through with the radio!

How’s the Refrigerator Doing?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

An inexpensive indoor/outdoor thermometer could save hundreds of dollars of food by alerting you to a problem before the food is spoiled.

Happy Hour IN the Water

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Hot? Don’t just have a cold drink for happy hour — jump in the drink! Here’s a few tips to make it a great time.

Watermakers, Vitamins and . . . Dogs? Cats?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Water from a watermaker is very pure. So pure that it’s missing trace nutrients that we don’t get anywhere else. Nor do our furry companions.

Gear Breaks

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

We all tend to think about having spares and the ability to fix things that break. But what will you do until it’s fixed? Plan ahead!

Before Moving Boat Checklist

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Every time we got underway, it seemed we forgot something. And then we’d have a surprise as a locker would open and cans fall out. A simple checklist solved the problem — download a template and make your own!

Organizing the Refrigerator Step by Step

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Most boat refrigerators don’t have any organizing tools built in — no bins, shelves or anything. Here’s how to customize it according to YOUR preferences!

More Refrigerator Insulation

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Does the sun beat down on your refrigerator or ice box? Stop it from heating up all that nice cold air on the inside by putting Reflectix on the outside.

Caulk is Caulk, Right??

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I took the time to learn the differences amongst 5200, Life Caulk, 4200, fast cure and so on. But I never dreamed that there were differences in plain old silicone caulk. There are!

Refrigerator Insulation Test

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Is your refrigerator or ice box losing its cool? Make sure all that nice cold air stays IN the refrigerator!

Check Your Refrigerator Seals

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Refrigerator (or ice box) seals help keep the cold air from seeping out the cracks around lids and doors. But are yours really doing the job?

DIY Removable Table Fiddles

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Removable fiddles on your galley table (or counters) make it much easier to clean . . . and easier to clean means less attractive to bugs and more attractive to people!

Cooler/Carrier for White Wine

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

An easy way to keep your boxed wine chilled without taking the cardboard box aboard your boat — great in the cockpit, at a beach barbecue or for a potluck!

Less Trash & More Privacy

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Wish your port holes had frosted glass but don’t really want to go to the expense and hassle? Get the same effect using what would otherwise be trash!

Potato Masher = Bosun’s Chair??

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Use your potato masher to retrieve a halyard up the mast instead of the bosun’s chair . . .

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere . . .

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Do you have an alcohol policy on your boat? Here’s what Dave and I decided. Far from “ruining” our cruising, less drinking has improved it!

Fire Aboard!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Have you ever thought of what you’d do if you had a fire on your boat? What’s the first thing you’d do?

Need Extra Hands?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Have you ever wished for an extra hand to hold bags open? This nifty little gadget costs just $5 and can easily save that much in spilled food cost!

DEET and Plastics

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Using a bug spray with DEET? Be careful not to make a very expensive mistake!

Cleaning Pans

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Got a pan with burnt or baked on gunk that you just can’t get off? Try this!