Got a Tip?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Got a tip to share with other TBG readers?

Something like Kim teaching us to make a gel ice pack, or Donna who directed me to those neat foil and wrap dispensers?

Or Tara, who wrote complete articles about ghee and a new way to make whole wheat bread?  And Mary’s idea for a cardboard free wine bag holder definitely captured a lot of attention!

And there have been a lot more — too many for me to list them all.

If you’ve got something that is somehow galley-related (or a good boat dog piece of advice), please send me an e-mail and include photos if you can.  You can send it to carolyn (at) theboatgalley (dot) com.

I love it when readers share ideas that I hadn’t thought of.  An easier way to do something, a great product, or a tip to solve a nagging problem.  It makes The Boat Galley so much better than if it were just what I know!

And if I use your information in an article, you might find yourself receiving a little gift.  (HINT: see picture at the top of this article.)

To you, it probably looks like one of those reusable shopping bags that you can buy for a buck at every store (well, yeah, it is . . . except for being red and the logo).

To me, that’s a “thank you” bag.  In the fall of 2011, I had a bunch of these made up.  And I’ve been sending them to readers who had sent me something that ended up as an article (if you sent me something in the past and haven’t received your bag, send me a note — there’s a couple of people I couldn’t find!).

And I’ll admit to a couple of ulterior motives with the bags.  First, I truly hate plastic bags – they get caught by the wind and accidentally end up in the water or littering the landscape, plus they’re made from petroleum. So I’m hoping you’ll use this bag when you shop. And second, I hope others will see you using the bag and stop by The Boat Galley.

I’m looking forward to some great tips!

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  1. I read in one of your articles about storing your stove propane and the grill propane in a cool dry place. What do you do with it when your gone for a month or two?

  2. We just leave it in our propane locker — turned off, of course! Be sure that the drains for the locker are open. And where we cruised in the Sea of Cortez and Central America, there really wasn’t a “cool” place in the summer.

  3. Dana Talkington says:

    Don’t know if this has already been posted, but if it hasn’t it’ll make your stinky trash problem go away when you are days from port! Use “trash compactor” bags…these bags won’t tear when they are full and they are scented! We put 2-4 FULL 13 gallon bags in each compactor bag before we tie it closed and look for a dumpster in port…and because they are scented we don’t worry about the smells that are brewing inside. We store our full bags in our anchor well locker.

  4. Just came across your website on Pinterest. Great ideas not just for boaters but campers, also. I noticed your article about getting rid of cardboard wine boxes & would like to share my product with you. I have many friends who drink boxed wine & I came up with a way to cover the boxes. Check out my website or my f/b page
    or myboards on Pinterest
    Thank you & look forward to receiving your newsletter.
    Cathy Scarms

    • The covers are cute, but the reason people want to get rid of the boxes on boats is to get rid of the potential for bugs (roaches, ants, etc.) in the cardboard. It’s not that they want to disguise the look of the box. So you may not find too many takers here . . .

      • Cathy Scarms says:

        Thanks, Carolyn, for your input. Never realized there would be a problem with bugs. Many of my camper friends love the idea of boxed wine so they wouldn’t have broken wine bottles. Campers definitely want to disguise the boxes expecially to match their decor. Thank you for your consideration.

  5. i bumped into a blog from a couple years ago and Formica was mentioned as a countertop material. You’d mentioned the downside to Corian being weight. It was stated as being heavier.
    If you make your own Formica countertop – okay – you have some control, but if you cut down a stock countertop – it will be made from MDF – medium density fiberboard. That garbage will swell as soon as you THINK of humidity…

    Just saying.

  6. Kelly Cooke says:

    As we all know dampness gets into everything on a boat.. To prevent my spices, sugar or flours from clumping.. My little trick is to save the gels packs from our vitamins and other drugs and put them into the container! Works great!!

  7. We have a Trophy boat that we use maybe 4-6 times a year. Instead of having to lug everything (esp. snacks and such) everytime we use it I have a practical solution. Just store long lasting food items, i.e. water bottles, pretzels, nuts, granola bars in a small box. Then when hunger strikes, you have something to munch on. Check it out and replenish as needed. Also, when we first bought our boat, we purchased numerous books on launch sites, fishing, restaurants that let you dock, etc. Keep these books on the boat too, it doesn’t do any good to have them in your bookcase at home. :)

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