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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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  • Living on a boat and cruising certainly puts you in closer touch with nature. And one of the things I've come to love is watching the ever-changing night sky.

  • Our three favorite weather forecasting apps (each deals with a different aspect) as well as the email forecast service we love for Florida and the Bahamas.

  • More things we didn't know as we prepped for our first hurricane: how to intrepret the timing info in forecasts. What you need to know.


  • You can just hand-pull the anchor every time. But if you're full-time cruising, there are some safety tradeoffs to consider.

  • Don't assume that important safety gear -- such as your Lifesling -- is ready to go. Check it periodically -- and immediately if you bought a used boat!

  • If you’ve had a horrible, awful, miserable trip I want to give you hope that future ones are almost certain to be better.

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