Overwhelmed by Your New Boat? (BR Podcast 5)

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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!
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Overwhelmed by Your New Boat? (BR Podcast 5)

If you just bought a cruising boat and woke up the next morning wondering what in the world you were thinking, don’t fret. It’s a pretty common reaction to the overwhelming questions that go along with it — it certainly was for us!

What gear do you need to buy? What repairs are needed? What upgrades do you want? How do I make sure to make the right choices? And so many more questions . . .

Other cruisers gave us some great advice, and in this podcast, I pass it on.

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  • Jan Bogart
    Posted at 14 August 2016 Reply

    Bill Albany

  • Karen Morehouse
    Posted at 14 August 2016 Reply

    Perfect timing to see this ! Have had my “new” for just over a month and totally overwhelmed

  • Michelle Pirzenthal
    Posted at 14 August 2016 Reply

    Such good advice ⛵️

  • Claire Ford
    Posted at 15 August 2016 Reply

    Thanks for all the advice. We’re moving up from a 28′ to a 40′, and I don’t want to ‘stuff’ it with unnecessary items.

    Posted at 16 August 2016 Reply




    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 16 August 2016 Reply

      Underneath the podcast I just put a link to the written article that it was taken from — I understand, my husband worked in heavy industry and is pretty hard of hearing . . .

  • Vanita VanFleet Fowden
    Posted at 18 August 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the timely advice.

  • Chris in Oregon
    Posted at 18 August 2016 Reply

    measure twice, cut once.. I found out a very useful thing was to take an hour or so on a new to me boat and start measuring. how big is the counter, cockpit size for new cushions, open floor space, how tall is the head and width of the v- berth. just to name a few. I have it all stored on my phone and when I see something that looks right for my boat I can quickly check if it will really fit. I need a new shelf in a locker, but knowing the size I can have the lumberyard cut it to size, saving me that time and hassle. Almost but a set of new cushions for the cockpit but then saw that they were too wide for my boat and wouldn’t fit properly.

  • Shelley Ruff
    Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

    HI Carolyn, we just bought a Ranger Tug 31CB. We have yet to commission her. I have referred to your articles a lot for provisions, galley supplies, etc. We will be taking her from Stuart, FL to St. Mary’s, Ga at the end of April. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it., Do you have any suggestions for newbies like us? Thank you for all your sound advise.

    Go with the Flow
    A Ranger Tug 31CB 🙂

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply


      Three things: take it slowly, wait for good weather and ask nearby boaters about local boating conditions (watch out for delivery captains, not because they’re bad but they’re paid to move boats even when it’s not pretty) and don’t be afraid to get on the VHF and ask for help.

      Don’t make schedules, especially for your first trip. Schedules make you go out in weather that is less than ideal. It’s also important to be well-rested . . . both for safety and you’ll have more fun. If you have a long day and are tired (which happens!), take a lay day the next day.

      And your excitement is contagious! I’m sitting here smiling at the thought of your first trip!

      Here’s a post I wrote on reducing the stress of cruising: https://theboatgalley.com/less-stressful-cruising/

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