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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12 Comments
  • 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.

  • ROBERT MAGLIOZZI
    Posted at 16 August 2016 Reply

    HI CAROLYN,

    I WAS WONDERING IF YOUR ARTICLES CAN BE READ INSTEAD OF PODCAST? I HAVE TROUBLE HEARING AND HAVE TO CONSTANTLY BACK UP THE PODCAST TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. THANK YOU.

    GUNNY

    • 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.

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