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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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  • A report on our Isotherm Cruise 130 boat refrigerator after using it for two years. Overall grade: B. Read why.

  • Four great apps for cruisers wanting to have real-time communications with friends and family around the world.

  • We balked at the price of a Dyson. We bought other handheld vacuums and had them die or perform poorly. In the long run, the Dyson costs less.


  • I was honored to be a guest on John Herlig's wonderful podcast, Postcards from Sea. Listen in as we chat about, well, all sorts of cruising stuff.

  • Quartantine flag? What's that? What do I do with it? All this answered and more . . . listen in!

  • Tides, bridges, bail out locations . . . how do you remember it all? And make sure that everyone else knows it too? Listen in for our solution.

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