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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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  • Laundry room etiquette is really just a matter of respecting other people's time and laundry. The unwritten rules . . .

  • What do galley storage areas on a boat look like in real life? A photo tour of the lockers on our boat just as they really are!

  • Both the Bahamas and the Sea of Cortez are popular first foreign destinations for US cruisers. We've had great times in both, but they're very different!


  • There's so much to remember on a boat. All the settings, what's what. We don't even try to remember it all . . .

  • Do you know how much water you use per day on your boat? How much will you need for your trip?

  • It's great to get opinions and ideas from other people . . . but don't blindly follow their recommendations if they don't make sense for you!

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