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.

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.

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 . . .

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.

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!

Less Stressful Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We all dream of carefree cruising but the reality of boat maintenance and trip prep can get in the way of that. Three things that greatly lessen the stress for us.

Cruising at 75+

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Many people go cruising in their early retirement years, but can you keep cruising at 75+? What does it take?

The Cost of an O-Ring

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A minutely cracked o-ring in the deck fuel fill cost us dearly. Don’t make the same mistake.

Stocking Spare Parts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Building up a stock of spare parts and boat bits takes a lot of thought and probably costs more than you expect. But being prepared to fix things: priceless!

You’ll Never Be Ready. Go Anyway!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Thinking of going on an extended cruise? Most of us don’t feel “ready” and can think of ten things we need to do before going. If the boat is seaworthy without them, go anyway!

How Our Gemini Cockpit Table Works

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Need a cockpit table for your Gemini catamaran? A previous owner found or made ours, and it works perfectly! Photos to find or make your own.

The Ditch Bag

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Putting together a ditch bag takes some time and a lot of thought. Here’s what’s in ours for coastal cruising.

Portable Air Conditioner

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What we’ve learned about using a portable air conditioner on a boat. Turns out, there are a few tricks!

Good Deal on an EPIRB

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Need both an EPIRB and a ditch bag? Here’s a good deal that I found when buying ours — good thru at least 8/15, possibly longer.

Choosing Our New Refrigerator

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

There are a lot of boat refrigerators out there. How’d we come to choose the one we did?

Why Air Conditioning?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I’ve written a lot about coping with hot weather without air conditioning. So why do we (temporarily) have an air conditioner now?

Too Much Stuff

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Selling our house, we brought a bunch of stuff to the boat. Too much stuff.

The Boat is Home

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We’re down to just one home: the boat. And it felt so good to get on her yesterday!

Where To Store Our Non-Boat Stuff?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We say we’ve sold everything to move aboard, but the reality is that we’ve kept some sentimental items or things that we might use on land trips. Where should we store it?

What Do You Do About Mail?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What do you do about mail when you’re off cruising for months at a time . . . or full-time? Here’s our plan.

The Roller Coaster

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Selling it all and moving aboard means ending one phase of our lives while looking forward to another. We’re on an emotional roller coaster!

SOLD!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

We’re going to be full-time cruisers again! Yesterday was pretty wild.

Thoughts on Our Gemini Catamaran

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

After seven months aboard, how do we like our Gemini catamaran, especially coming from a Tayana 37 monohull?

Command Strips on Windows

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Using Command Strips to hold shade covers for summer storage was a BAD idea. Don’t do it!

A Realization . . . and Conundrum

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Our thoughts on our first winter as part-year cruisers. Is it for us?

The Ups and Downs of Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

When we dream of cruising, we think of all the fun stuff. But the reality can be a little different.

What’s Wrong with the Diesel?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Everyone is puzzled by the need to rebuild our engine. Here’s the mechanic’s consensus of what the problem is.

Engine Update: Rebuild the Westerbeke

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Our winter shakedown has turned into rebuild the engine . . . on a mooring ball in the Florida Keys.

Having Back Up Plans

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

We’ve learned to ALWAYS have back up plans. If we’re lucky, we don’t need them. But sometimes we do . . .

What Happened to Our Baby Steps?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Follow our baby steps plan of learning a new boat, or take advantage of a great weather window? Which is best?

Boat Cards

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Boat cards are your calling cards on the boat — a quick way to exchange info without writing it out each time. What should be on yours?

Dumpster Diving

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Dumpster finds don’t just save money, they keep stuff out of the landfill. I’m amazed at some of our finds.

Projects and Priorities

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

The boat doesn’t have to be perfect to go into the water . . . but there are some things that just have to be done.

Turkish Evil Eyes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

The story behind the three Turkish Evil Eyes on Barefoot Gal. We want to keep that bad juju away!

Baby Steps & Shakedowns

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Sure, we want to start “really cruising” on our new boat. But it’s going to be a series of baby steps and shakedowns.

Shakedown for Barefoot Gal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Our very tentative plans for our first months on Barefoot Gal — the shakedown period.

Boat Details Document

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

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

Now vs. Later

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Isn’t it sort of silly to buy a boat just to put it in storage? Well, not to us . . .

Boat Shopping

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Where do you even start when thinking about buying a boat? What’s the process? How to get from from “Honey, let’s buy a boat!” to “She’s ours!”

A New Name for Our Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

This time around, we gave a lot of thought to the name for our new boat. As soon as Dave said it, we knew it was right.

Our New Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

We really did it this time! A few photos of our new (well, new-to-us) baby.

Deal Killers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

When do you decide to just walk away from a potential purchase? Outside of just knowing it in our gut, here are our thoughts —

A Good Surveyor: Priceless

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Our surveyor found structural problems that led us to call off the purchase. While some would call it wasted money since we didn’t buy the boat, we think it was money very well spent.

The Backstory

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Our first cruising boat was a heavy teak monohull. Our new one is a light plastic catamaran. Why both were right, and a bit about our plans.

A New Chapter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Yes, we’re buying another boat!