Dreaming of cruising, making plans or already on water? The Boat Galley can help you along your way, with tips, reviews and how-to’s for every step from deciding if cruising’s for you to chartering, buying a boat, outfitting it, moving and living aboard, cooking, getting underway and even maintaining and repairing your boat.
In eleven years and over 10,000 miles of cruising, on two very different boats, my husband and I have learned so much from so many other cruisers.
Now I’m paying it forward with The Boat Galley — over 1,300 bits of information to help you.
What do you have questions about?
If you’re just starting to think about getting a boat and cruising – whether on weekends or part of a long-term plan to sail off into the sunset, somewhere in-between or even chartering – your questions probably fall into one of seven categories:
- Preparing to Cruise
- Buying a Boat & Gear
- Living on a Boat
- Food & Cooking
- Cruising & Chartering
- Boat Work
- Problems & Concerns
Or, if you have a specific question, use the search box at the top of every page to go straight to the info you need. And there’s the menu at the top when you just want to explore various topics.
Just starting and don’t even know what your questions are? These are some great “getting started” articles:
- What Is Cruising?
- How Do I Know If I’d Like Cruising?
- What’s a Day Like?
- How Much Does It Cost to Cruise?
- Boat Cooking Is Different
- Why We DIY
- Boat Shopping
I’m Carolyn Shearlock. What can I say? I love cruising – living literally on the water, enjoying nature, going new places and meeting new people and yes, even working on the boat.
While I’ve boated – sail and power – all my life, twenty years ago was my first liveaboard experience. My husband Dave and I – along with our friends David and Jan Irons – chartered a bareboat in the British Virgin Islands. All four of us were instantly hooked.
A few more charter trips convinced Dave and me to go all in – we bought a Tayana 37 and sold pretty much everything else in 2002. We had the time of our lives, exploring the Sea of Cortez, Pacific Mexico and Central America.
Seven thousand miles and a little over six years later, we returned to land life to deal with some medical issues. . . but couldn’t bear to leave the cruising community we’d come to love. I began writing a cookbook for cruisers with Jan – they’d also gotten a cruising boat – and sharing tips for cooking on a boat, calling my blog The Boat Galley.
We dreamed of getting a boat again . . . and took friends up on their invitations to cruise with them. We sailed in Florida and the US Virgin Islands and spent 10 days on a trawler in the Sea of Cortez.
In 2014, the medical issues behind us, we bought our second boat – a Gemini catamaran – with the idea of spending winters in the Florida Keys and summers at our house on a small lake in Illinois. That idea lasted exactly one winter and then we sold the house to be full-time cruisers again.
The Boat Galley has expanded to include our work on the boat, selling up and moving aboard (again!), living aboard, cruising and gear. There have been some offshoots, too:
- The Boat Galley Cookbook was published in 2012.
- The Boat Galley Podcast began in 2016, first on Boat Radio and then going independent in 2018. Also in 2018 Nica Waters and Lin Pardey joined me as podcasters, helping those with cruising dreams turn them into reality.
- The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration, an ebook, was published in 2017.
- The Boat Galley Amazon Store began in 2018 — find all my recommended gear in one place, divided into categories.
- The Boat Galley Resource Center also began in 2018 to make it easy to find all my (free) downloads and checklists, as well as other helpful products for those thinking of cruising or newly at it.
I love cruising. But more than that, I love sharing what I’ve learned with others. The Boat Galley gives me the chance to do just that . . . with the bonus that I learn just as much from readers, their experiences and questions. If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “Like” The Boat Galley’s page and take part in the conversations there (click on the Facebook icon at left to go right there).
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Podcasts. The Boat Galley podcasts are quick bits of info and actionable tips to help you in every stage of your cruising adventures. Each episode is typically just 5 to 15 minutes long, so the shows aren’t overwhelming and the points are easy to remember. Two or three new shows each week — there’s always one from me (Carolyn) and one from experienced cruiser, teacher and motivational speaker Nica Waters. Every other week, 3-time circumnavigator and best-selling author Lin Pardey adds wisdom gleaned from 50+ years of cruising . . . including her current voyaging adventures!
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