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!

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.

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!

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!

GSI Toaster Screen Replacement

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

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

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!

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!

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.

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!

Useful Tool: Universal Socket Joint

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How can you reach that one nut or hex bolt that’s just out of reach? With a universal joint socket adapter, of course!

Dry Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I know there are people who cruise without dry bags, but they’re almost essential gear in my book. We’ve never had water damage anything in the dinghy!

How Are You Going To Eat Your Steak?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Good steak knives that cut well and don’t rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don’t have to cost a fortune!

Cruising Dreams Are Made Of This

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Why didn’t we get one of these years ago when we first started cruising? Silly me!

Thermal Cooker

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Thermal Cooker: I absolutely love my thermal cooker — start dinner on the stove when it’s convenient then transfer the pans to the thermal cooker and let it continue to cook 4 to 8 hours without having to tend to it. Use less stove fuel and don’t heat up the cooking area. Best thing: go have fun and come home to a fully-cooked dinner!

Turkish Towels: A Little Luxury

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Crave a little luxury? These Turkish towels are so soft and absorbant, yet take up almost no space and dry quickly.

Nautical Scout Pans

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

A couple new lines of collapsible silicone pans from Nautical Scout can save space in the galley if they’re right for your cooking.

Duffel Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Need a new duffel to take to and from the boat? How about one that’s actually designed for boaters? Why I love Sailor Bags duffels!

Sunscreen That Doesn’t Kill the Coral

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I love the reefs and love to snorkel. I was shocked to find out that many sunscreens could harm the reefs and looked for a way to protect myself from the sun that also protected the reefs.

Sleeping Well Means Better Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

If I don’t sleep well, nothing goes well. A comfy bed is a BIG priority on our boat! Tips to make your existing bad much more comfortable.

The Q Flag

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

The Q Flag 101 . . . what it means and when to fly it

Knowing Where Stuff Is

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A simple realization made it so much easier to know where I’d put stuff!

A Case for Boat Cards

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Keep your boat cards in the dinghy and have them wherever you go!

Reusable Silicone Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Use a lot less aluminum foil and plastic wrap with these reusable silicone covers

Finally! The Perfect Small Thermos

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A 2-cup (pint/half liter) thermos that retains heat for 10+ hours — perfect for cooking rice or beans and making yogurt!

Our Short-Lived Ryobi Cordless Vacuums

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

The first one was great. Not the second or third ones . . . and the warranty policy means that it’s pretty much useless!

Exceedingly Helpful Tool: Our Hose Puller

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Getting an old hose off a barb can be next to impossible . . . unless you’ve got this tool.

A Better Cruising Purse

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

This dry bag is designed to be a shoulder bag and is the perfect cruising purse!

Shaker Siphon: Simply the Easiest Way NOT to Pour Fuel

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Five gallon fuel or water jugs get heavy to pour! Stop straining your back with these super-easy-to-use siphons.

Communication Headsets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Have you ever wished there was a better way to communicate with each other or with multiple people while on your boat?

Nautica Howland Quilt Set

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I love our new bedding. Even better it (and several other designs in sheets, blankets and quilts) are available for V-berths and quarter berths as well as queen beds.

Choosing Boat Rugs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What makes a good boat rug? How long will they last? Is it worthwhile to pay a little more for better rugs? Here’s my experience and what I consider.

Setting Up a New PFD

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Good PFDs and tethers are expensive high tech gear. Here’s what we chose and tips on setting it all up.

Meal Planning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Planning meals isn’t the hard part for me — it’s remembering what I was planning so that I don’t waste food. I finally found a solution!

An Ice Pick Onboard?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

You think of an ice pick as something used in the kitchen in days gone by . . . but it’s an essential tool on our boat!

Tekton Screwdriver Kit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

I won’t go quite so far as to say this is the “only” screwdriver you need on the boat, but it comes darn close!

Stanley Mechanics Tool Set

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Boats — and the stuff on them — break. To fix them, you need tools. This tool set is one of our favorite buys!

Three Pairs of Shoes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Dave and I each only have three pairs of shoes. Here’s what we have and why they work for us.

USCG Required Waste Signs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want easy-to-install and wallet-friendly signs to comply with US Coast Guard requirements? All three signs for $10 and less than 5 minutes to put them up.

Clever Crates

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Crates are great for storage on the boat . . . when you need them. When you don’t, the space they take up is annoying. Here’s a solution.

Sailbay Fender Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Fender covers can improve the looks of old or mismatched fenders, but more importantly they’ll protect your hull from marks left by the fenders.

LED Bulbs for Our Nav Lights

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want to change your boat’s navigation lights to LED bulbs? Confused about where you should use cool white, warm white or colored bulbs? Here are the answers.

Outland Hatch Covers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Hatch covers that are easy to install and use, don’t shrink over time and can stay on even underway? YES!

Suction Grab Bar

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Got a suction grab bar on your boat? Maybe for cleaning the bottom? Here’s another great use for it!

Bright LED Bulb for Davis Mega Light

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Anchor light just using too much power? A Davis Mega Light with one of these super-bright LED bulbs was the answer for us.

Easy Battery Watering

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

How do you add water on a monthly basis to batteries you can’t even reach? A battery watering system makes it easy!

The Scrubba

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

What’s your opinion of the Scrubba? Is it enough better way to do laundry by hand to justify buying it? See what others have to say.

Screw Holders

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

One of those tools that few people have even heard of, yet is so very helpful. And it’s pretty cheap, too!

Aquabot

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Want a small pressure sprayer? Say to do dishes, wash off feet or snorkel gear, or rinse veggies? New on the market!