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Dreaming of sailing off into the sunset or already on the water?

Whether it’s for the weekend or forever, make your cruising easier and more enjoyable with these tips and info on cooking and food, gear, boat life, DIY projects and more!


Hi! I'm Carolyn Shearlock. My husband and I have been cruising over 10 years and 10,000 miles, first on a Tayana 37 monohull and now on a 34' Gemini catamaran. Along the way, we sold pretty much everything we owned (twice!), gained a great boat dog, had a bunch of wonderful times and some adventures . . . and learned a ton about what does and doesn't work!

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  • Making the transition to cruising the Caribbean isn't always as simple as "sailing off into the sunset" implies. How one mom has adjusted!

  • A checklist of the documents and other things you need to have before taking your boat to the Bahamas. Downloadable PDF if you want.

  • A ridiculously easy recipe for super-smooth hummus without using electrical appliances. A wonderful treat from ingredients that don't have to be refrigerated.


  • 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!

  • What's a Turkish Evil Eye and why do so many boats sport them? Learn all about them here.

  • How do you define what's "really" cruising? There are as many definitions as cruisers and here Nica Waters gives some pointers on what it means to be cruising.

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