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Welcome to The Boat Galley!
Has someone you love mentioned wanting to go cruising on a sailboat? Or maybe you’ve secretly fantasized about selling everything, moving aboard your boat, and traveling the world? But you’re not sure how you’d actually do it . . .
Or perhaps you’ve recently begun cruising and are finding the learning curve a little steep.
Don’t worry! We can work through it together.
The Boat Galley contains quick bits of info and actionable tips to help you learn about cruising on a sailboat or trawler as well as in-depth articles to flatten out that first-year learning curve:
- • discovering what cruising is all about
- • deciding if cruising is for you
- • how to buy a boat
- • budgeting and how you can afford to cruise
- • moving aboard your boat
- • gaining the skills to cruise safely
- • outfitting the boat
- • provisioning and cooking on a boat
- • the joys and challenges of the cruising lifestyle
Where to start? Get a customized introduction to The Boat Galley, tailored to whether you’re considering cruising, preparing to cruise, or out cruising in The Boat Galley Resource Center.
Want to learn more about The Boat Galley? Go to the Start Here page. Or just dive in, using the menu and search box at the top of every page.
Latest Articles & Podcasts
Lithium batteries for your boat aren’t cheap, but are they the better choice? Why we chose lithium and how we like them. [More] Are Lithium Batteries the Better Choice?
Aqua Map is a fantastic app for route planning and navigation, with excellent (and affordable) charts. Learn all the features that make it a winner. [More] Aqua Map
What’s the big deal about weather? As a cruiser, it’s critical information! Nica’s story about an afternoon on the Chesapeake will help you see why. [More] Why Does Weather Matter
Cruising & Chartering
Getting Active Captain data to overlay on Garmin charts is a pain if your chartplotter isn’t wifi-enabled. How to do it, step by step. [More] Active Captain & Garmin Charts withOUT a Wifi Chartplotter
Signs that you need to replace electrolytes and the recipe to make your own rehydration drink from common ingredients that you probably have on hand. [More] Do You Need a Rehydration Drink?
Buying a Boat & Gear for It (and you!)
Rainman Watermakers 2019 models are smaller and lighter, yet make 7 to 37 GPH of fresh drinking water from sea water. Details, review & special offer here. [More] Rainman Watermakers 2019 Models
The Isotherm Cruise 130 Elegance uses less energy and needs defrosting less often than the Cruise 130 Classic. Learn all the improvements here. [More] Isotherm Cruise 130 Elegance Refrigerator
Living on a Boat
Just a few minutes of effort will greatly increase the odds of getting your lost stuff back. And it’s free! [More] Get Your Lost Gear Back
Just bought a boat? Learning how everything works can be overwhelming. Here’s how we did it and stayed sane! [More] Getting to Know Your New Boat
Repairs, Maintenance & DIY
Lithium batteries are a big upgrade on any boat. Are they worth the price? What advantages do they offer? Review and comparison to lead-acid batteries. [More] Lithium Batteries on a Boat
Learn what was important in buying a new clock and barometer as part of our boat’s interior renovation and how to keep the brass from tarnishing. [More] Ship’s Clock and Barometer for Our Boat Renovation
Provisioning, Storing Food & Cooking
Gyro burger recipe — easy at-home treat, with low carb and dairy-free options. Great grill-out meal for guests, all the prep can be done ahead. [More] Gyro Burgers
Lasagna is delicious but doesn’t always fit well into a boat oven (or what if there’s no oven). This version can cook anywhere and is easy to eat on a moving boat! [More] Mixed-Up Lasagna