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What’s a Day Like? (BR Podcast 22)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

So what’s a day at anchor really like when you are cruising full time? Is it like a day of vacation or nothing but work? Don’t you get bored? Listen in —

American Press Coffee Maker

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The American Press Coffee Maker — no electricity need, no glass to break, no filters to throw away — just delicious coffee!

Geezer Cruising (BR Podcast 21)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Who says cruising is only for young retirees? Older folks — geezers — are out here too. How we make it work.

Crystal Wine Glasses

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Yes, it’s possible to use real crystal wine glasses on a boat. Royal Stabilis has created a no-slip, no tip and break resistant set to bring a touch of elegance to any boat.

Improving Ventilation (BR Podcast 20)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Listen in for 5 ways we significantly improved our boat’s ventilation, making it much nicer to live at anchor during the hot months!

Galleyware Tempered Glass Dishes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Real dishes, made for a boat! Tempered glass looks great, resists breakage and won’t shatter the way some others can.

Loo-Sea Light

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Tunes with your light — a solar light with a Bluetooth speaker for music from your smart phone or MP3 player. Waterproof, no power needed!

Galley Design (BR Podcast 19)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Listen in for three important things to look at in the galley when buying a boat. These are hard to change!

Dinghy Drift

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Dinghy drift or raft-up is a floating party — generally for happy hour and a gorgeous sunset, shared with friends. How to make it happen!

Composting Toilet Tips

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How to use coconut coir in a composting toilet, including the exact amount of water to rehydrate it with, and tips on dealing with a fly infestation.

Making Boat Cards (BR Podcast 18)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Boat cards are an easy way to exchange info with friends you meet along the way as you cruise. What to include and how to make them.

Holidays on the Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How do you make holidays special when there isn’t much space and you’re away from loved ones? Tips for any holiday or special occasion!

Boat Details Document (BR Podcast 17)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Who can remember what model of everything they have on the boat? Create a “Boat Details” document and never wonder again!

Galleyware Nesting Pan Set

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A great nesting pan set — with numerous options as to number of pans and stainless/non-stick — at a budget-friendly price!

Checking Instrument Accuracy (BR Podcast 16)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We rely on our instruments for accurate information. But do you know if they REALLY were set up correctly? Ours weren’t!

Homeschool Teacher

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Thinking of cruising with your kids, but stuck and confused when it comes to the idea of homeschooling? Kate Laird’s new book provides practical info to make it work for you and your kids!

Naming Your Boat (BR Podcast 15)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Your new boat needs a name . . . is there anything you should consider? Listen in to a story of living with a less-than-great name for our first boat, and how we chose the name for our second boat!

Ant Infestation

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

This past summer, we had an ant infestation on our boat. Normal sprays and traps didn’t make a dent in them. How we finally got rid of them for good.

Easy Storage Drawers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

An easy, lightweight and economical way to organize storage areas on a catamaran

Intro to Boat Cooking, Part 2 (BR Podcast 14)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cooking on a boat just isn’t quite the same as cooking ashore. Listen in for tips and tricks to easily cope with some of the biggest differences.

Raymarine Instrument Repair

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Need a RayMarine/Raytheon or Autohelm instrument or autopilot repaired? Dan Gerhardt can repair many items that companies say can’t be fixed

GSI Toaster Screen Replacement

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How to buy a replacement stainless screen for a GSI camping toaster.

Intro to Boat Cooking (BR Podcast 13)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

You can argue that cooking is cooking, but there are some big differences about cooking on a boat. Tips to make a smooth transition!

After-Market Window Screens

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Waterline Design hatch and port screens are cost effective, simple to use, easy to stow — and they keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums out of the boat!

Dehydrated Food

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

What I do and don’t like about cooking with dehydrated meats and veggies after four months of doing so — plus tips for better results!

Outfitting the Galley, part 2 (BR Podcast 12)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Listen in for more tips and things to consider when outfitting your galley . . . make your first purchases be the lasting purchases!

What Can Go Wrong in Four Months?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Four months in the Bahamas, 1100 miles. We knew some things would break, it was just a question of what and whether we had the parts to fix it.

Outfitting Your Boat: The Galley (BR Podcast 11)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Where do you start in outfitting the galley on your new boat? It’s a kitchen, but different . . . tips to help you select the best gear.

Aquabot Parts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If your Aquabot should break, don’t throw it away! It’s easy and inexpensive to get parts.

SVRS & Passport Renewal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The SVRS program makes it easy for US citizens to check back in after cruising to foreign countries. A few tips to navigate the system with ease —

Your First Night Aboard (BR Podcast 10)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

You’re so excited — time for your first night on the boat. What do need? Do you need to buy anything?

Where Are We Heading Next?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We just got back from the Bahamas, but already we’re planning where we’re going next . . .

An Easier Climb Up the Learning Curve (BR Podcast 9)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The learning curve can seem to go straight up at times with a boat. Tips on flattening it out and keeping it fun.

Taleisin’s Tales

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

New book by Lin Pardey — join them as they shake down the second boat they built — Taleisin — and then cruise her from California to New Zealand.

Hurricane Prep Thoughts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We have prepped for quite a few hurricanes. A few of my thoughts on the process . . .

When Everything is Something New (BR Podcast 8)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Every. Single. Thing. I. Do. I. Have. To. Learn. Nothing is familiar and the learning curve seems to go straight up. Hang on and listen in for ways to cope!

Turkish Farmer’s Stitch Blankets & Throws

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

When I’m a little chilly, my Turkish Farmer’s Throw is just perfect — snuggly soft and the ideal weight. Great for cool evenings in the cockpit, a naptime coverup or extra warmth on the bed!

Learning Your New Boat (BR Podcast 7)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

More details on how we learned both of our new-to-us boats . . . and some of the systems we had to figure out! Listen in for more details —

Learning to Use a New Boat (BR Podcast 6)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Learning the systems on a new-to-you boat is a daunting task. How can you do it, remember it, and stay sane? Listen in to find out how we did it —

That Time I Wanted Off the Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I’d had it. I was overheated, exhausted, sick and nothing was working right. What do you do when cruising is going badly?

Overwhelmed by Your New Boat? (BR Podcast 5)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Did you just buy a cruising boat? Suddenly overwhelmed by the thought of outfitting it and learning it? You’re not alone — and here are some tips to make it easier!

The Boat-Buying Transaction (BR Podcast 4)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Now that you’ve found a boat want to buy, how does the transaction work? What about a loan? Survey? Insurance? Closing? Listen in!

Storing Food on a Boat (Sailing Podcast)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Hour-long Q&A about storing food on a boat, especially without refrigeration. I’m honored to be a guest on The Sailing Podcast!

Looking at Boats in Person (BR Podcast 3)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

What do you need to do to prepare for the initial inspection of a boat you’re looking at? And what should you be sure to do once you’re there? Listen in!

Looking at Online Boat Listings (BR Podcast 2)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

There are thousands (millions?) of online listings of boats for sale. How do you ever choose which ones are worth looking at? Listen in and find out!

Thinking of Buying a Boat? (BR Podcast 1)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Where do you even start in buying a cruising boat? Listen to Episode 1 of my show on Boat Radio to learn just that!

What Do You Do All Day?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

What do you DO all day? When you’re just at anchor, doesn’t it get boring? Is it just like vacation every day? Not exactly . . . here’s one of our typical days.

Eleuthera

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Eleuthera . . . pink sand beaches, the Glass Window, fun events, friendly people along with great provisioning and services!

Handling Checks When Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Managing your financial life while cruising is a lot easier than it was 15 years ago. Here’s how we handle the few paper checks and bills we receive.

Tips on Using a Solar Shower

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Ten years of using solar showers . . . 12 things we’ve learned for using it as your only shower on a boat!