Problems on a boat don’t cure themselves. Left to their own devices, they get worse. Sometimes a lot worse. Our strategy for cutting down on the work. [More] Problems Don’t Cure Themselves
Common Problems & Worries
Living on a boat isn't all palm trees and umbrella drinks.
Worried about fire, sinking, hurricanes . . . or being overrun by bugs?
Wondering what in the world you've gotten yourself into? It happens to us all. Find practical help and words of encouragement here!
As you’re planning for the safety of your boat and yourself, don’t forget the furry crew members! A few tips for them, too . . . [More] Pets & Storms
How to prepare a galley for a hurricane or major storm, with two absolute rules and five tips based on personal experience in five hurricanes. [More] Prepare the Galley for a Storm
My Mom’s words convinced me I could go cruising, even if I didn’t know everything. [More] What I Needed to Know to Cruise
Sometimes we get a VERY undesirable stowaway: a mouse or a rat. How do you get rid of it? What’s best? What shouldn’t you do? And what do you have to watch out for? [More] Rats! There’s a Mouse Onboard!!
Fed up with no-see-ums? Can’t find anything that works against them? Try making your own repellent — and fight mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other bugs, too! [More] No-See-Um Repellant
How to prepare your boat for a hurricane — everything from getting forecasts to ground tackle and boat prep to the aftermath. [More] Hurricane Preparation
A detailed guide to preparing your boat and yourself to ride out a hurricane at anchor, published as “Riding Out Marty at Anchor” in BWS (cover feature). [More] Hurricane Warning — Riding Out a Big Blow at Anchor