What do you do when the outboard won’t start . . . besides curse? Fourteen simple things to try that work most of the time. No mechanical skills needed! [More] 14 Simple Fixes for an Outboard
Welcome to The Boat Galley!
Dreaming of cruising, making plans or already on water? The Boat Galley can help you along your way, with tips, reviews and how-to’s for every step:
• buying a boat
• outfitting your new boat
• making a boat your only home — or not
• living aboard, whether for a weekend or a lifetime
• provisioning, food storage and cooking
• cruising to new places
• maintaining and repairing your boat
Latest Articles & Podcasts
Preparing to cruise? There are lots of non-boating skills you can be gaining before you even move aboard. Seven that you may not have thought of! [More] Practicing Cruising Skills
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, you might be wondering how to do it. Detailed instructions with screen shots for the newbies! [More] Podcast Listening 101
You’ve sorta talked about cruising for a while. But how do you really decide to do it? [More] How Do You Decide to Go Cruising?
Cruising & Chartering
What’s it REALLY like to cruise on a tight budget and try to make money as you go? Elena’s Cruising Story tells it as it is. [More] Cruising Stories: Elena | Sailing Kittiwake
Making the transition to cruising the Caribbean isn’t always as simple as “sailing off into the sunset” implies. How one mom has adjusted! [More] Cruising Stories: “H” Draper | Fille de Joie
Buying a Boat & Gear for It (and you!)
Fast-drying towels are a must on a boat, and TaLii towels are wonderful in that regard. Bonus: they can be laser embroidered with your boat name or logo! [More] TaLii Towels: Boat-Friendly Towels That Can Be Personalized
Do you need a watermaker to go cruising? What are the pros and cons? Things to consider before making a major purchase. [More] Do You Need a Watermaker?
Living on a Boat
How in the world do you go grocery shopping or, worse yet, a really big stock-up without a car? How we do it. [More] Provisioning without a Car
How much propane do you need to carry for your adventure? Rule of thumb and useful info for how much is really in that tank! [More] How Long Does a Tank of Propane Last?
Repairs, Maintenance & DIY
How to remove a metal fuel pickup fitting from an 18-gallon Tempo tank or any similar tank. DO NOT use this technique with gasoline or other explosive fuels. [More] Removing Fuel Pickup From Tempo Tank
Three years of using my Aquabot multiple times a day put some wear and tear on it. But restoring it to “like new” operation is quick and cheap. [More] Fix a Leaking Aquabot
Provisioning, Storing Food & Cooking
Provisioning skills you can gain while still living on land. Not all boat skills are related to navigation and repair — planning for cooking aboard is important too! [More] Provisioning Practice
A ridiculously easy recipe for super-smooth hummus without using electrical appliances. A wonderful treat from ingredients that don’t have to be refrigerated. [More] Easy Way to Make Smooth Hummus