Living Aboard & Cruising

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

How do you go cruising? Whether for a day, a weekend or years, there are questions about what gear you need, how to maintain and repair the boat and how to make it all fun! Tips and info from a full-time cruiser . . .The Boat Galley began as a collection of tips and other info relating to cooking on a boat.  But it’s grown to be so much more . . . although still all related to cruising on a boat, whether for the afternoon, a lifetime or a week on charter:

Barefoot Gal — our Gemini 105M catamaran • Boat Projects • Books & DVDs • Dinghy • Electronics, Computers & Cameras • Cleaning • The Head & Drains • HealthPetsTrash ManagementLightingStand Up PaddleboardingHurricane PrepMiscellaneous

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  1. Lyn - SY Osprey says:

    Looking for good quality non slip mugs & glassware/plastic ware . Can anyone advise on line outlet please ?

  2. Becky Croston says:

    I learned to attach my important keys via the keyring to the inside of my pocket with a big safety pin. No more keys dropped into the drink! Just pull the pocket inside out, pin the keys on and push the pocket back into place.

  3. Tricia Mavromatis says:

    I would like to buy a boat friendly iron if there is such a thing. Power friendly n rust resistant. Am I asking the impossible.

    • If you have an inverter that’s large enough, you can use a regular one. One with a Teflon bottom will have the least problem with rust. The previous owners left one on our first boat, and there was no rust over the seven-plus years we cruised. Admittedly, I only used the iron once or twice . . .

  4. Bonnie Lopez says:

    I’m not sure what category this would fall under, but it’s great for those pesky darn fruit flies. We live aboard a 41′ sailboat in Tacoma, Wa. and every year toward late summer, into the fall we get overrun with those little pests. Well I looked for a cure online, and found this idea, in a small glass, or jar pour in 3/4″-1″ unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the kind with what’s called “Mother” in it, add a couple drops of dish soap to break the water tension, then make a paper cone to set on top of the jar not touching the vinegar, tape it in place covering any gaps, and watch the frenzy begin. They love the smell of the decaying pulp in the vinegar, crawl down the funnel, and into the jar. They can’t find their way back out, and eventually drop into the vinegar, and drown. Cheap entertainment, and it at east keeps them focused, and out of your face.

  5. Tere Vidal says:

    I have followed your latest adventure with great interest. What an amazing feat, turning that cat around! Kudos to both of you on a job (>) than well done! I can’t thank you enough for your articles, insights, recipes and suggestions. We are relatively new to the bigger boat world and have used many of your recommendations as we move into settling into living on board part of the year. My question is given your experience, what marinas on the Gulf have provided the best experience? If you do not want to share specific recommendations, what should we look for when choosing our new water lot location? We have a 1987 42 aft boat. Thank you again and keep ’em coming! BTW how is that beautiful furry baby Paz doing?

    • We really haven’t spent time at marinas, but we have friends who stayed at Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor for several years and were very happy. We spent last winter at “City Marina” — a mooring field — at Marathon in the Keys and loved it. Other friends really like the city marina (with docks) in Ft. Myers — we haven’t stayed there, just anchored out across the river from there, so don’t have first hand experience.

      • Tere Vidal says:

        Thank you for your prompt response. We will look into those two marinas. When we get more adventurous we will look for good mooring places.

  6. If you are looking for replacement boat parts it might be worth your time to browse the free boats and parts at . If there is one in your area you might save quite a bit as many of the boats and parts are destined for the landfill if they are not salvaged or restored.

  7. For anyone in cooler climates as temperatures start to dip, just discovered yesterday that the folding can coozies make great “stuffers” when spread and put upside down in your dorade tubes. They help keep some of the colder air out when the dorade is removed and is capped, and temper the air when the dorade is still in place.

  8. Joan Baldwin says:

    I don’t know where to put this comment but you are the best source of live aboard information that I have seen online. Anything I think of, I search on your site and you have addressed it. We have a boat but plan to live aboard a bigger one in a year. I promise, I will purchase everything we need through your website (including your cookbook.)

    Thank you so much!
    Joan Baldwin

  9. Harel eloise says:

    hi everybody
    Im looking for a cobb holder that could dit in a rod holder. Anyone can help? Thanks a lot

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