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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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  • Cruiser's Nets: what they are, how to join in and tips for best participation. Everything you need to know PLUS a chance to listen in!


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  • Tackling big repairs or things you've never heard of before, let alone seen or touched, is tough. But I'm here to tell you that you CAN do it. Here's my story.

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