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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
With 1,500 articles on the site, the sheer volume of information here can overwhelm you in the beginning. So take your pick of four FREE mini-courses that will guide you to just the info you need:
Or just dive in, using the menu and search box at the top of every page.
Latest Articles & Podcasts
Ever put something in a memorable place just to forget where? Learn how not to do the same thing. [More] Cruising Stories: The Mystery of Unity’s Missing Rudder Plug
Keeping meat when you have a tiny boat refrigerator can be tricky. But here are my tips to keep it delicious and safe. [More] Keeping Meat Fresh (and Safe) On A Boat
When a jar of shells (or a bag of sea beans) is a time travel machine, it reminds me that even on a small boat, indulging your passions matters. [More] Collections
Cruising & Chartering
Read one cruiser’s harrowing story of abandoning their boat in a Gulf of Mexico Storm. What did they do right? And what do they wish they had done? [More] Abandoning Our Boat In Mexican Waters
8 Bahamas internet options compared: wifi from businesses, international roaming, T-Mobile, BTC, Aliv, MyIslandWifi, Google Fi and Iridium GO! [More] Bahamas Internet Options
Buying a Boat & Gear for It (and you!)
PowerMax chargers are solid chargers at an affordable “non-marine\” price. When I recently had a problem with ours, their customer service blew me away! [More] PowerMax: Customer Service Above and Beyond
Instead of custom cockpit cushions, we got Sport-a-Seats. More comfortable, easier to keep clean, easy to take ashore and a LOT less expensive! Read all about them and get a discount code. [More] Sport-A-Seat
Living on a Boat
Easy steps to make it simple to get your big dog on and off your boat. Set up in just a few minutes — and use them yourself at a marina! [More] Boarding Steps for a Big Dog
Tired of losing clothes and clothespins? Try this easy DIY boat (or RV) clothesline that works better the more the wind blows. [More] Make a Clothespin-less Clothesline
Repairs, Maintenance & DIY
One careless moment caused a boat fire. What happened, what we did wrong and what we did right. A chilling story of an almost-disaster. [More] One Careless Moment
Step-by-step how to use your phone’s GPS information on a wifi-only iPad (without GPS) with AquaMap. Cost: less than $10 vs. $100 for external GPS. [More] GPS to Wifi iPad for AquaMap – Under $10
Provisioning, Storing Food & Cooking
Cruisers say their plans are written in sand . . . at low tide. You never know what a day may bring. We’ve learned to be prepared for anything! One winter, problems with our engine led to a partial rebuild. Once complete, we did some short day trips and then decided to do a two-day trip to get more […]
A tasty fruit topping you can serve many different ways. Plus a way to make it even if you don’t have a refrigerator on your boat. [More] Fruit Delight Recipe