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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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  • Hurricanes wreck damage in so many ways -- not just immediately but in the clean up as well. Be careful and don't compound the tragedy. One friend's life is hanging by a thread. No more, please.

  • Barefoot Gal survived Hurricane Irma -- a Category 4 storm -- in an area where most boats didn't. My thoughts on what spared her.

  • An update on our situation post-Irma and what's ahead for The Boat Galley as the recovery begins.


  • Listen in for our 4-step approach to having sufficient power for the things we want on our boat.

  • If someone gets injured or ill -- or just has to be away from the boat for some reason -- someone else aboard is going to have to step up. But can they?

  • Organizing everything on your boat can seem like a never-ending task. Some tips, as well as why I think it happens.

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