About The Boat Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2008 • all rights reserved


I’m Carolyn Shearlock.  From 2002 to 2008, my husband Dave and I lived aboard our Tayana 37, Que Tal, full-time and cruised the Pacific side of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez and Central America.  During that time, I learned a lot about what works — and doesn’t — aboard a boat.

After a few years ashore dealing with medical problems, we’re back to full-time living aboard and cruising — now on a Gemini 105M catamaran in south Florida, the Keys and Bahamas. A very different boat and location!

I started The Boat Galley to pass on all the galley tips, tricks and insights I’ve gained over the years.  I focus on practical ways to cook without prepared foods and electric appliances, with ingredients that you can actually find and store on a boat. I also try to provide insights on gear selection.

While I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a little girl, I’m not a gourmet chef.  Cooking is fun . . . but I also enjoy a lot of other aspects of cruising:  snorkeling, hiking, exploring new towns, entertaining friends, and sailing from one gorgeous anchorage to another.

And over the years, The Boat Galley has expanded to included articles about boat life and DIY projects.  I love the collaborative nature that the site has taken on with readers expanding on many of my ideas.  Together we know so much more than any of us do by ourselves.

In addition to the comments under each article, a lot of discussion takes place on TBG’s Facebook page.  I’d love to have you join in — get more info or just click “Like” below and TBG posts will start showing up in your newsfeed along with questions and comments from other readers:

Everything here on the site is free, although I do make some money from the advertising here and when readers purchase from Amazon (and a few other retailers) through the links here.  It does not extra cost to you, however.

There’s also a free e-newsletter highlighting all the new articles as well as a couple of older ones that you might have missed.  It’ll be delivered via email, so you won’t miss a thing even if you’re away from internet coverage for a while.  Click here to subscribe — it’s free and you can cancel at any time.

You might notice that while there are a few recipes here, there aren’t tons.  That’s because you frequently don’t have internet on the boat, and so can’t refer to something on a web site.  An actual cookbook is more useful in my opinion — whether in print or electronic format.

Cover 2 copyAnd so The Boat Galley Cookbook was published in 2012.  It contains over 800 boat-friendly recipes made from obtainable ingredients with hand utensils, in-depth instructions for unfamiliar cooking techniques, and food storage and substitution information.  You can read more about it or just see where to buy it in 90 countries worldwide.

My co-author, Jan Irons, and I created this “trailer” to introduce ourselves, show where we’ve cruised and talk a bit about how The Boat Galley Cookbook came to be

Whether you just go out for an afternoon or are planning to go around the world, I hope you‘ll find the information helpful and that you’ll have as much fun on your boat as I do on ours.  Most importantly, wherever your boat takes you, have a wonderful time!


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  1. Cathy Bradshaw says:

    Hey Carol! Just wondering what you store your boat documents in, manuals, etc.. to keep out moisture. Any help in this area is greatly appreciated. I absolutely love yours and Jan’s sites. Thank you both from all of us want to be full-time cruisers.


    • For the boat docs, we just put them in plastic sheet protectors and used a small folder. For owner’s manuals, the previous owner had gotten three very large 3-ring notebooks and put a bunch of dividers with pockets in them — items were sorted by “system” and put in the pockets (or if they were punched for a notebook, right in the notebook). Dividers were labelled and the general categories were handwritten on the spine of the notebook to make it easy to find the right one when they were on the bookshelf. The big thing was to remember to take old manuals out when something went to the trash!

      You may have noted that the manuals weren’t really protected against moisture . . . and we never had any problems. Just be sure that there aren’t any leaks over the bookshelf where you store them!


  2. Kathryn Weber says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    What type of BBQ cleaning brush do you prefer? How do you store it once it gets all black?
    Thanks for a great website!

  3. Thank you so much for this amazing website! I grew up camping, and now my husband and I are getting back into boating. Products and techniques have certainly changed in the last 25 years and I’m delighted to have your great website as a resource. Many, many thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!

  4. Chris Wick says:

    I have been looking at water makers to see what is used the most and what may work the best for a sailboat.
    Most of what I have found are the turn sea water into drinking water style setups.
    But the set up I would think work best is an atmospheric water generator. It condenses the water directly out of the air.
    Basically it seems like ithe cheaper units use a small ac unit to condence the water out of the air….humidity helps.
    What you end up with is soft rain water, then it can be run through charcoal filters and such to give it a good tast if needed.
    Have you seen these ? And if you have whats the cruisers opinion of this style set up?
    Thanks for your work getting all this great info out there where it’s needed.

    The happiest people dont have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have.

    • I hadn’t heard of them so took a look at several online. They use a lot more power to produce water — roughly 20 times as much as one converting sea water to fresh water! I’ve never heard of a boat doing this, and I’m sure that it’s because of the power used.

  5. Carolyn, I just want to say that’s awesome that you are living your dream on a boat. That is my dream too. We are probably in the same age group but I am still working and hope my health is still good so I could do something like what you and your husband are doing. Good luck to you.

  6. I liveaboard of my 37″ Irwin it’s great

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