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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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  • At anchor or on a mooring, the Endless Breeze box fan provides extra cooling on super-hot days or when working in areas without permanently-mounted fans.

  • I like checklists and tip sheets for just about everything, but they're particularly helpful for high stress times like preparing for a hurricane.

  • When someone goes up the mast, we think -- logically -- of their safety. But we also have to think about those on deck. Simple safety precautions.


  • I should have introduced myself long ago, not after 35 episodes. But here we go --

  • First-time boat buyers are often seduced by fixer-uppers, aka "project boats." Unfortunately, it takes a considerable amount of experience to evaluate the possibilities and do the work.

  • Want to go cruising but wonder if you can really afford it? In this podcast, I discuss a number of factors that will affect the bottom line and talk about some common pitfalls in the budgeting process.

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