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Overnight Passages
May 22 • 7 min
Watchkeeping is not just about ensuring you avoid collisions, it is about ensuring the boat is safe, the gear is working properly and the person off watch is sleeping well. Lin Pardey gives eight tips for better night watches and sleeping when off watch.…
Cooking & Eating Underway
May 21 • 5 min
Cooking on a boat is a bit different to start with but cooking while underway, particularly if conditions are “sporty,” takes it a step further. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, gives 13 tips to make cooking on a moving platform…
Getting Mail When Cruising
May 19 • 6 min
If you’re on the move, in a foreign country or even living aboard in a marina, how can you get your mail? Cruisers use a number of different strategies and with ten years of cruising experience, Carolyn Shearlock has used many and heard of others. Here,…
Six Steps to a Perfect Bottom
May 17 • 9 min
Maintenance is a part of boat ownership, and doing a bottom job is a regular item on that to-do list. Nica Waters details the steps they take to keep Calypso’s bottom ready to sail! Sponsor: Solavore Solar Ovens. Cook with the power of the sun with your…
Q Flag
May 16 • 4 min
Planning to cruise outside your home country? You’re going to need a Q flag. What’s that? you ask. Listen in and find out when, why and how to fly yours. Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette Craig
3 Ways to Reduce Cruising Stress
May 14 • 6 min
We start cruising to have fun. And then stress can creep in as we’re learning a whole new lifestyle. In this episode, Carolyn Shearlock discusses three simple things that anyone — old or new cruiser — can do to make cruising far less stressful. Sponsor:…
Three Reasons to Go to a Boat Show
May 13 • 7 min
What do you get out of going to a boat show? Is it worth the expense? Nica Waters, fresh from the Annapolis Spring Show, gives three reasons for going. Sponsor: Fastseas.com – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas…
Helm Notes
May 12 • 7 min
How do you remember everything that you need to know for the day’s trip? It’s generally impossible for one person to remember it all, let alone give that knowledge to everyone who may take the helm. Helm notes make it easy! Carolyn Shearlock shares how to…
Eating Street Food
May 9 • 3 min
Sampling the local food is a wonderful part of traveling. And food carts and street food abound — but is the food safe or likely to make you sick? Carolyn Shearlock has eaten from street carts not just in the US, but around the world. The food is…
Working as You Cruise
May 8 • 8 min
Lin Pardey shows how working along the way can get you out cruising sooner than you dreamed. Even more important, she shows how many cruisers felt their lives were enriched by the jobs they encountered as they voyaged. Sponsor: SeaTech Systems, offering…
4 Months of Boat Repairs
May 7 • 20 min
Are you really constantly repairing your boat when you cruise? That’s a big question for those thinking about the life, especially as so many people joke that “cruising is just fixing your boat in exotic places.” To answer that question, Carolyn Shearlock…
Sunsetters on the Water
May 5 • 5 min
Cruising may not be all gorgeous sunsets in wonderful anchorages with your favorite beverage in hand, but when it happens, why not celebrate? Get together with new best friends on the boat next door (who you might never have met before) and enjoy the…
Unexpected Ingredients
May 3 • 7 min
Provisioning isn’t just about taking the food you eat all the time. Leave room for special ingredients! In this episode, experienced cruiser Nica Waters talks a bit about her provisioning philosophy and the importance of having special treats. Sponsor:…
Do I Need an Windlass?
May 2 • 6 min
A windlass is an expensive piece of gear; an electric windlass isn’t just money but also requires substantial electrical planning to ensure it gets adequate power. Carolyn Shearlock argues that not only is life easier with an electric windlass, it’s also…
Ten Things to Make Galley Life Better
Apr 30 • 6 min
Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook and 10-year cruiser, lists ten of her favorite products to make cooking in a small, un-airconditioned, moving kitchen a lot easier. Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration.…
Is Your Lifesling Ready to Go?
Apr 28 • 4 min
The Lifesling (MOB retrieval system) is one of those pieces of gear that we certainly hope we never have to use, but if we do, it has to work perfectly . . . and instantly. Carolyn Shearlock tells how to check if yours is in good operating condition,…
The Precision of Boat Space
Apr 26 • 5 min
You may think an inch is not that much space. When you’re renovating a small boat, it’s as good as a mile. Nica Waters talks about the joys of thinking small, and the vast worlds that open up with just an inch . . . Sponsor: Fastseas.com – making weather…
Trips from Hell
Apr 25 • 16 min
Trips from hell. They exist. Weather. Boat problems. Sick. Tired. Hot. Whatever the reason, some trips just don’t go as expected. Ten-year cruiser Carolyn Shearlock explores some of the reasons and ways that she first, tries to avoid bad passages and…
Two Clues
Apr 24 • 7 min
For years, Lin Pardey has urged prospective cruisers to “go small, go simple, go now.” Here, she relates how that seems to be changing the cruising experience for some, as they cruise out of season and off the beaten path. Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide…
Hurricane Preparation
Apr 23 • 10 min
Carolyn Shearlock has always cruised in hurricane waters and prepared for countless storms. Six times, the eye of a hurricane or tropical storm has passed within 50 miles . . . with two being direct hits. Listen to what they’ve taught her — not just in…
First Aid Kit for the Boat
Apr 21 • 6 min
What do you need in a first aid kit aboard a cruising boat and how do you ever begin to organize it? Carolyn Shearlock tells what they carry for coasting cruising and the best way she’s found to organize it. Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette Craig
Privacy on Board
Apr 19 • 8 min
How do you keep your sanity (and your privacy) on board a small boat? Nica Waters shares tips learned from over 20 years of living aboard and cruising. Sponsor: SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Coupon…
An Introduction
Apr 18 • 3 min
So what is Carolyn Shearlock’s cruising background? Where has she gone? Does she really know anything? Find out all this along with why she started The Boat Galley. Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette Craig
How to Use a Propane Stove
Apr 16 • 9 min
Propane stoves aren’t that hard to use, but there are some important differences from home electric or gas stoves. Here, Carolyn Shearlock addresses the questions she had before their first time on a boat and also discusses some basic safety items.…
Project Boat as Your First Boat
Apr 14 • 5 min
While a project boat can give you exactly the boat you want, they’re generally not a good deal financially and most times the work takes considerably longer than expected. Carolyn Shearlock discusses the challenges. Sponsor: SeaTech Systems, offering…
A Cruising Day with Totem
Apr 12 • 6 min
Ever wondered what a day cruising really looks like? Come along with Nica on Totem for a day as 9 people cruise in Panama’s Guna Yala region. Links: Sailing Totem: www.sailingtotem.com Panama Guna Yala region:…
What Does Cruising Cost?
Apr 11 • 12 min
Wondering if you could really afford to cruise? Most people assume that you have to be wealthy to cruise. Not so — but it does take a certain amount of money, or a willingness to give up some things that you may now take for granted. In this episode,…
The Joys of Sailing
Apr 10 • 6 min
Even an accomplished sailor needs to learn the subtleties of sailing a new boat. Lin Pardey uses tricks learned in her years of sailing to safely learn how to effectively and efficiently sail her new-to-her boat, Felicity. Links: Storm Tactics:…
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
Apr 9 • 5 min
Beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks seem to be an ingrained part of the cruising life. But we’ve found that cutting back a little has actually improved our life aboard! Sponsor: Sail Caribbean.com the premier teenage adventure camp in the British Virgin…
Ciguatera (Fish) Poisoning
Apr 7 • 11 min
Whether you’re fishing, buying fish at the market or even just ordering fish at a restaurant, you need to know about ciguatera poisoning. What is it really? What fish are affected? What are the symptoms? When do you need to see a doctor? Carolyn Shearlock…
How Do You Learn To Sail?
Apr 5 • 5 min
Learning how to sail is a prerequisite for going cruising on a sailboat. Nica’s been sailing for years, in all kinds of boats, on all different bodies of water. Listen as she shares her tips for the best way to learn to sail! Sponsor: Sail Caribbean — the…
Cruising the Bahamas
Apr 4 • 8 min
Cruising the Bahamas is wonderful! Seven things to know — and really think about and take to heart –before you go. It’s easy to get so caught up in planning the Gulf Stream crossing and getting documents that you overlook these … Don’t be surprised on…
Living With a Small Refrigerator
Apr 2 • 11 min
Boat refrigerators are small, usually less than a quarter of the size of a home refrigerator. But grocery stops are less frequent than when living ashore. Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of living on a boat and cruising, tells how it can all works … and…
Getting Prescriptions When Cruising
Mar 31 • 11 min
What do you do if you fell ill while cruising or if you have a pre-existing condition that requires medication? How do you get hold of the drugs you need? It takes some planning, but don’t worry, it can be done. Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of…
Re-Entry Grief
Mar 29 • 8 min
All cruises come to an end, sometime. How do you deal with the reentry? Nica Waters shares her experience with coming back to land after cruising, and reminds you that it’s okay to grieve. Sponsor: Sail Caribbean.com Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette Craig
Taking on Water? What You Need
Mar 28 • 7 min
If your boat is holed, you have just minutes to save it — but it CAN be saved. There’s no time to waste. Pumps can’t keep up; you need to stop the leaks quickly. Carolyn Shearlock details four things that they carry with them — in a very accessible place.…
On Watch
Mar 27 • 11 min
What’s it like to actually be at sea? Three-time circumnavigator Lin Pardey shares 4 vignettes from times on watch. These stories were taken from Lin’s book, Seraffyn’s European Adventures, which you can buy on Amazon: Seraffyn’s European Adventures…
Doing (US) Taxes While Cruising
Mar 26 • 13 min
Sailing off into the sunset doesn’t end the obligation to file and pay taxes. But how do you do it when you’re living on a boat and travelling? A cruiser since 2002. Carolyn Shearlock provides three basic strategies and then details how to get all the…
Refrigerator Problem or Bad Batteries?
Mar 24 • 5 min
The refrigerator obviously has a problem. Or does it? Carolyn Shearlock explains how they determined that the problem was really in batteries that were dying. Sponsor: SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications.…
Cruising Hacks, Galley-Style
Mar 22 • 5 min
Living in a small space, sometimes it’s the little things that really help you make the most of the space you do have. With a 28’ boat of her own, experienced cruiser Nica Waters spotted five great ideas when visiting a friend’s boat for a 10-day…
Operational Info
Mar 21 • 3 min
Be honest. Can you always remember everything about your boat. Which gas can is for the outboard (mixed with oil) or the generator (straight gas)? How much did the watermaker put out last year? Is it less this year? The list goes on and on. Experienced…
Outboard Won’t Start?
Mar 19 • 13 min
Need to go somewhere and the outboard won’t start? Or worried about trying to go somewhere and having a problem with the motor and not getting home? Carolyn Shearlock’s 50 years of running outboards have taught her what the common problems are. 14 simple…
How Much Water Per Day?
Mar 17 • 5 min
How much water do you use on your boat? How much do you need to carry to get you to your next stop? Important questions as you’re planning your trip … and hard to know when you’re just starting out. With ten years of cruising experience herself and also…
How Do You Decide to Go Cruising?
Mar 15 • 5 min
Life is comfortable. What question can you ask that will make it possible to flip the switch and decide to head off to the unknown? Nica Waters, who’s asked and answered this question twice already, shares the conversation that sparked the last cruise –…
Don’t Blindly Follow Experts
Mar 14 • 4 min
Getting ideas from other cruisers and experts is wonderful, but you have to temper the advice they give with knowing what you like and what you plan to do. For example, “everyone” told Carolyn Shearlock she needed a double sink when she was buying her…
The Things You’ll Miss
Mar 13 • 6 min
When you decide to do one thing, you miss out on a million others. You have the choice: Lament what you don’t have, or celebrate what you do. Lin’s missed a lot in her decades of cruising, but the places she’s been have been memorable. Sponsor: The Boat…
Trash Management to Avoid Bugs
Mar 12 • 5 min
Trash can be a real source of bugs on a boat: ants, flies and cockroaches. With ten years of living aboard a boat in the tropics and near-tropics, Carolyn Shearlock knows a few things about handling trash to keep the bugs away. Here, you can learn in…
Cooking in a Moving Kitchen
Mar 10 • 6 min
Burns and cuts can happen anytime you’re cooking. Add in the movement of a boat — even in a calm anchorage, let alone at sea — and the chance of an accident increases. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, offers nine specific tips that…
Fit2Sail Introduction
Mar 8 • 5 min
Nica Waters has been cruising and sailing on her family’s 28’ sailboat since 1992. She shares some insights about life on board, particularly what she means when she encourages you to be Fit 2 Sail. Sponsor: www.boataffair.com Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette…
When Boat Work Turns Filthy
Mar 7 • 5 min
We like to do as much of our work on the boat as possible, but it can take its toll as the mess seems to go everywhere. Living on the boat while working on it can be tough. But a motel may not be practical … or in the budget. Carolyn Shearlock has lived…
You’ll Never Be Ready
Mar 5 • 4 min
It’s so easy to get trapped in the mindset of doing “just a couple more things” before heading out on an extended cruise. In ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has fought the urge to just keep getting ready many times . . . and had some great times…
What to Always Have in the Dinghy
Mar 3 • 4 min
When you’re living on a boat away from a dock, the dinghy is your car. Most trips are short and it’s easy to assume you’ll get where you’re going. But problems can arise and it’s important to have some basic safety and communication gear aboard. Carolyn…
How Big a Boat Do You Need?
Mar 2 • 6 min
Nica Waters has cruised extensively aboard her 28’ boat, sometimes just with her husband, Jeremy, and sometimes with her 2 kids. Her perspective urging you to consider all the comforts of life aboard is based on solid experience, and it might make you…
What Do You Do All Day?
Feb 28 • 8 min
Until you do it, it’s tough to imagine what full-time cruising will be like. You may have done a bareboat charter before, but is that really what it’s like when it’s your full-time life? Or it is really just a series of “fixing your boat in exotic…
Passagemaking and Sleep
Feb 26 • 10 min
Thinking of cruising further afield, where you’ll have to do an overnight passage? Wonder what it will be like and how in the world you’ll manage sleep and being on watch and everything else? As with so much in cruising, preparation is key. Listen in to…
Cruising Over Age 75
Feb 24 • 9 min
Even amongst retired cruisers, Dave Shearlock is a bit of a rarity. At 76, he and his wife Carolyn bought their second cruising boat. They’ve been aboard Barefoot Gal over three years now; a year and a half ago, they logged over 1,100 miles in the…
Is Cruising Really Healthy?
Feb 22 • 8 min
Personal trainer and wellness motivation coach Nica Waters has been sailing and cruising her 28’ cutter since 1992. She’s passionate about helping people understand the health aspects of the cruising lifestyle – and how exercise can help it be even…
Improving Boat Ventilation
Feb 21 • 9 min
Living on your boat in summer — tropical or otherwise — can be brutally hot. You don’t have to install air conditioning and stay in marinas. Simply improving your boat’s ventilation will do a lot to cool it off — and costs less than one month’s stay in…
Laundry Room Etiquette
Feb 19 • 5 min
Laundry rooms are a way of life when you’re cruising for more than a few days. But space and machines are usually limited and everyone wants to get in and out as quickly as possible. There tend to be some generally accepted “laundry room etiquette”…
Galley Design
Feb 17 • 8 min
There are tons of features to look at and think about when you’re buying a boat. Some are personal preference and some are major safety considerations. Some can be changed, some would be almost impossible. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley…
Provisioning Practice
Feb 15 • 6 min
Nica’s cruised for years on her 28’ cutter, with as many as 4 people living aboard full-time. She’s learned some tricks about provisioning along the way, some of which can be put into practice long before you move aboard. You don’t have to live aboard to…
How to Make Boat Cards
Feb 14 • 5 min
What’s this? A business card for the boat? We’re trying to get away from all that! It’s a great way to easily exchange info. What should you put on yours? Having seen thousands of boat cards in ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock will answer your…
Turkish Evil Eyes
Feb 12 • 3 min
Go through any harbor or marina and you’ll probably find a least a few boats sporting Turkish Evil Eyes. What are they and why do many people put them on their boats? Carolyn Shearlock had one on their first boat and three on their current boat, and…
Creating a Boat Details Document
Feb 10 • 5 min
It’s impossible to remember all the details of every bit of equipment on your boat! Yet, you need that info when you’re buying parts, checking the warranty, downloading the owner’s manual and so on. Carolyn Shearlock explains how to create a boat details…
When Does Cruising Really Start?
Feb 8 • 7 min
Cruising is as personal as almost anything else in life, and this includes deciding what makes it really cruising in the first place. Nica Waters has been preparing for a cruise, coming back to “real life” after a cruise, or actively cruising for almost…
Check If Instruments Are Accurate
Feb 7 • 6 min
When you get a new boat — brand new or new-to-you — you assume that the instruments are set up correctly. Ditto if you get new instruments, especially if they were professionally installed. But that might not always be the case, as Carolyn Shearlock…
Organizing Galley on Charter
Feb 5 • 5 min
A few minutes spent organizing your provisions at the beginning of a bareboat charter will pay immense dividends over the course of the trip. It’ll be quick to find ingredients for a meal and you won’t discover items are missing when you’re away from…
Choosing a Boat Name
Feb 3 • 4 min
Choosing a boat name is a lot like choosing a name for a baby: it’s very personal. Carolyn Shearlock says, “With our first boat, we were just so excited to be embarking on our adventures that we didn’t give much thought to the name. Our second time…
Exercise on Board
Feb 1 • 7 min
Exercising on board is fraught with questions, most having to do with equipment and space. You don’t have to take your entire personal gym with you when you move aboard, though there are some space-saving alternatives you may not have considered. Mostly,…
Boat Cooking IS Different
Jan 31 • 7 min
You don’t have to learn to cook all over again to cook on a boat. And you can cook all the things you’re used to making. But everything you do is affected by the motion of the boat — some days more than others! Carolyn Shearlock offers tips and tricks for…
Medical Issues and Cruising
Jan 29 • 5 min
Have you thought about what you’d do if you got seriously ill or had a potential medical issue arise while cruising? Not the immediate see a doctor part of it, but how it might affect your cruising plans? It’s something we all need to think about before…
Cooking on a Boat
Jan 27 • 6 min
Cooking on a boat adds a few new challenges: a smaller stove and oven (or maybe even no oven), limited refrigerator and counter space, possibly no store nearby … and everything moves! Listen to Carolyn Shearlock’s tested tips to make the transition easier…
Tips for Buying Galley Gear
Jan 26 • 5 min
Outfitting the galley from scratch can be daunting: there’s a lot to buy and you want to buy gear that will work and last for years. But if you’ve never spent much time on a boat, how do you know what’s best? Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of cruising…
Outfitting Your Galley
Jan 26 • 5 min
Buying pots, pans, dishes, storage bins and more for your boat’s kitchen? The small spaces, lack of power, the motion of the boat and abundance of salty air can mean that old favorites just don’t work. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley…
Your First Night Aboard
Jan 25 • 4 min
The first night on the boat … what do you need? Even just to stay at the dock — a good place for the first night while you’re seeing how things work — you’re going to need bedding and at least a few things for dinner and breakfast, and maybe a celebratory…
Moving Up the Learning Curve
Jan 24 • 5 min
Eight specific strategies to make that climb up the learning curve to “cruiser” just a little easier. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! We’ve all been there, and there are days when you wonder if it’s worth it. Then magically, everything comes…
Flatten the Learning Curve
Jan 24 • 5 min
You finally did it. Bought a boat. You’re excited about it, but nothing is easy. Everything you do — from where to put the dishes, how to start the engine, raising the sails, going through locks and bridges, and even just how the toilet works — is new.…
More Learning Boat Systems
Jan 24 • 5 min
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the systems on a new-to-you boat and only learn how something works when you need to use it or it breaks. That can be pretty stressful, though, feeling that you can’t do anything without an owner’s manual in your hand.…
Learning a New-to-You Boat
Jan 24 • 5 min
There is so much to learn about a new boat! Not just how she sails and/or motors - and how to start the engine, check the oil and deploy the anchor - but all the other systems as well. How do I turn on the bilge pumps? The hot water heater? The stove?…
Yes is Best
Jan 24 • 7 min
It’s easy to get caught in the endless discussion of what is BEST – best boat, best workout, best way of eating. In this episode of The Boat Galley Podcast’s Fit2Sail, Nica Waters talks about a strategy that will help you get past the paralysis and get…
Why DIY Boat Work
Jan 22 • 8 min
There’s always something that needs to be done on a boat: maintenance, repair or an upgrade. Many cruisers start out hiring professionals for this work, then slowly start doing more and more of it themselves. What is it about boat ownership that turns…
Bahamas vs. Sea of Cortez
Jan 22 • 12 min
The Sea of Cortez is a popular first stop for cruisers coming from the West Coast of the US (or you can buy a boat already there), while the Bahamas are popular with East Coast cruisers. Both are great and popular cruising grounds … and very different…
New Boat Panic!
Jan 21 • 5 min
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 that goes with buying your first boat! What gear do you need to buy? What repairs are needed? What…
Boat-Buying Transaction
Jan 21 • 5 min
Now that you’ve found a boat want to buy, how does the transaction work? What about a loan? Survey? Insurance? Closing? What do you have to do? If you have a broker, what will they do? What about a documentation service? Learn the ins and outs of the…
Looking at Boats to Buy
Jan 21 • 4 min
Found a boat that sounds like it might be right for you? Planning to go see it — or several? What do you need to do to prepare for the initial inspection? And what should you be sure to do once you’re there? Just as with buying a house, there are lots of…
Online Boat Shopping
Jan 21 • 5 min
Starting to look at boats for sale? There are so many choices, it can be totally overwhelming. Carolyn Shearlock lays out the method that ensured she and her husband only spent time and money personally viewing strong candidates for “the right boat.”…
Boat Buying: First Steps
Jan 21 • 5 min
Thinking about buying a cruising boat? Dreaming of palm trees and white sand beaches, or the higher latitudes? Maybe coastal cruising, the Great Loop or an inland lake? It’s an exciting time, but also a little scary. Where do you even start? How do you…