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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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  • When everything that was on deck has to come below, stowing it safely becomes a challenge. Two important things I've learned.

  • Not sleeping well is one of the biggest complaints that new cruisers have. It's a big change on every level -- new bed, new "home," new noises and new worries. Some tips to ease the transition.

  • Living on a boat and cruising certainly puts you in closer touch with nature. And one of the things I've come to love is watching the ever-changing night sky.


  • You can just hand-pull the anchor every time. But if you're full-time cruising, there are some safety tradeoffs to consider.

  • Don't assume that important safety gear -- such as your Lifesling -- is ready to go. Check it periodically -- and immediately if you bought a used boat!

  • If you’ve had a horrible, awful, miserable trip I want to give you hope that future ones are almost certain to be better.

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