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What Food and How Much Of It?
Jul 23 • 7 min
Heading out for longer than just a day or two? You’ve probably got a bunch of questions about what food to take, how much you’ll need and what to do if you run out. Sponsor: Galleyware — Find top-rated nesting cookware, nautical dinnerware, and other…
Cruising During Hurricane Season
Jul 21 • 12 min
Most of the ten years she’s been cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has cruised during hurricane season and in areas prone to hurricanes: the Sea of Cortez, El Salvador, Florida and the Bahamas. It may not be the right strategy for everyone, but here she tells…
Boat Mold Remedies
Jul 19 • 7 min
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. How mold shows up on boat things! Links (products on Amazon): Small window air conditioner: https://amzn.to/2uyQZ7d Concrobium: https://amzn.to/2zPGl13 Sponsor: Galleyware — Find top-rated nesting cookware, nautical…
Organizing Owner’s Manuals
Jul 18 • 4 min
Owner’s manuals are key to operating and repairing your boat’s systems. Being able to quickly lay your hands on the right one makes everything so much easier. Organizing them can seem a monumental task — here’s how Carolyn Shearlock did it in just a…
First Time Voyagers’ Fears
Jul 17 • 18 min
Setting off on your first ocean passage can be daunting. Lin Pardey interviewed 11 voyagers who had just crossed the South Pacific Oceans to learn what worried them most, and what they actually found “out there.” Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Advenures,…
Cruising Foreign Countries
Jul 16 • 8 min
Bureaucracy. Legal requirements. Passports. Visas. Boat documents. Pet documents. Checking into foreign countries. Checking out. How can you learn it all? Carolyn Shearlock gives you the best places to find out what you need to know. Sponsor:…
Saying Yes
Jul 14 • 6 min
Facing fears, overcoming nervousness and trying new experiences. It’s part of the cruising life. But how do you push your way outside your comfort zone? Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized learning charters in Exumas, Bahamas. Sail…
Honeymoon Lessons
Jul 12 • 5 min
Nica’s first anniversary was also their first Gulf Stream crossing as a couple. So how’d it go? Links: Bahamas chart book: https://amzn.to/2LaWRtt Sailrite: www.sailrite.com Weather routing: www.fastseas.com Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food…
Shopping by Example
Jul 11 • 3 min
Ever make a special trip to the store and then realize you don’t quite know exactly what you need? Or worse — trying to explain exactly what you want in a foreign language! With ten years of cruising experience, Carolyn Shearlock has a solution for that!…
Don’t Lose Your Dinghy
Jul 9 • 7 min
Your dinghy is your way ashore, the car to get provisions, how you explore a new locale. Losing it isn’t just a financial hardship, it’s a lack of mobility. Carolyn Shearlock tells simple “standard operating procedures” to lessen the chances of losing…
Will I Like Cruising?
Jul 7 • 10 min
Somehow, you’ve started to think about cruising. Maybe you saw boats anchored in a harbor or got talking with a cruiser. Maybe a friend is living on their boat and you’re starting to think it about it too. Or maybe you’ve just always liked the phrase…
Catching Water
Jul 5 • 6 min
Catching water is a special way to keep your water tanks filled to the brim, even if there’s some scrambling. Sponsor: Rainman Watermakers, capable of producing up to 37 gallons of fresh, clean drinking water per hour from seawater - Seatask is the…
You CAN Do It
Jul 4 • 4 min
“If you can read, you can do anything.” That was the lesson Carolyn Shearlock’s mother drummed into her as a kid. Listen in to learn how this translates into DIY work on the boat. Yes, you really can do a lot of things you think you can’t. Sponsor:…
Overcoming Fear, Gaining Confidence
Jul 3 • 18 min
Join Lin Pardey as she relates this story of her first winter passage. Learn how, in spite of several decades of voyaging, she too fell prey to fear and had to build confidence in her ability to handle heavy weather. Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide to…
Practicing Cruising Skills
Jul 2 • 5 min
Carolyn Shearlock explains how you can ease the first-year learning curve by working on seven cruising skills right now — and you can do them all without a boat! Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Advenures, offering customized learning charters in Exumas,…
Spare Parts for Your Boat
Jun 30 • 5 min
A quick, comprehensive and invaluable guide to the essential spares you’ll need to carry if you’re planning to spend a good deal of time on board your boat. Sponsor: GoSunstove.com Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for all your…
Boating Friendships
Jun 28 • 6 min
Is it easier to make friends when you sail, or is it the people who are different? Nica Waters gives her thoughts on the topic. Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter,…
Tracking Down a Fuel Problem
Jun 27 • 9 min
Ugh. Engine problems. Even if you have a sailboat with a so-called “auxiliary engine,” there are plenty of times when you count on that engine working. And fuel problems are probably the most frequent type of engine problem that boats have. So how do you…
Interview with Sailing Kittiwake
Jun 26 • 13 min
Roving reporter Mike McDowell interviews a young couple living the dream as digital nomads on their 26’ catamaran. Sponsor: Rainman Watermakers, capable of producing up to 37 gallons of fresh, clean drinking water per hour from seawater - without the need…
Electrical Galley Appliances
Jun 25 • 7 min
Most cruisers have at least a few electrical appliances. Things to think about in deciding how many you want aboard. Links: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2lsU2Jg Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine…
Stargazing from a Boat
Jun 23 • 4 min
Have you ever really seen the night sky? From a place where there is no light pollution? All I can say is WOW. In ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has seen some spectacular skies and here she gives a bit of info and some useful resources . . .…
What Kind of Dinghy?
Jun 21 • 10 min
What dinghy is best for you? Listen in as Nica Waters explains the two very different dinghies they’ve cruised with … and why they are looking for still something different for their next cruise. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other…
Communications Apps for Cruisers
Jun 20 • 6 min
Cruising to foreign destinations generally doesn’t mean abandoning communications with your family and friends. We want to talk and text. But have you seen international phone rates? YIKES! There are better solutions — and Carolyn Shearlock tells of her…
Provisioning for an Ocean Voyage
Jun 19 • 13 min
The whole idea is daunting. You are in charge of ensuring no one goes hungry crossing the Pacific. Lin Pardey shares her hard-earned secrets to help you feel more comfortable as you prepare for your first ocean passage. Sponsor: The Boat Galley Guide to…
Catamaran or Monohull
Jun 18 • 9 min
Seven years on a monohull. Four years now on a catamaran. Carolyn Shearlock compares her Gemini catamaran to her Tayana 37 heavy monohull and describes the pros and cons of each. Sponsor: Rainman Watermakers, capable of producing up to 37 gallons per hour…
Cruising with a Dog
Jun 16 • 7 min
Cruising with a dog? Is it really possible? I mean, not just in a marina, but out sailing or motoring? How about full time cruising in foreign countries? How much of a hassle is it? Listen Carolyn Shearlock (aka “Paz’s mom”) for everything you need to…
Grilling on a Boat
Jun 14 • 5 min
Grilling is a favorite way of cooking on board cruising boats. Nica talks about her favorite tools! Sponsor: Rainman Portable Watermakers. Up to 37 gallons per hour without installation and off-the-shelf parts. Seatask is the premier US facility for…
Weird Wiring Colors
Jun 13 • 3 min
If you buy a used boat, someday you’ll discover something that the prior owner did that leaves you scratching your head. For Carolyn Shearlock, it was wiring colors. If a piece of wire was needed, the prior owner grabbed one without regard to whether it…
Gear Breaks
Jun 11 • 7 min
Things WILL break on your boat. Many times, a permanent fix isn’t immediately possible, especially if you’re in a remote area. What can you do in the meantime? Carolyn Shearlock details numerous ways to cope with common gear failures. Sponsor: Marmara…
Post-Hurricane Unseen Dangers
Jun 9 • 3 min
Two of Carolyn Shearlock’s boats have taken direct hits by hurricanes and she’s been involved in the harbor cleanups with them and also with two (non-hurricane) events where friends’ boats sunk. Stay safe - don’t compound the tragedy! Sponsor: SeaTech…
Bring the Joy
Jun 7 • 6 min
Moving onto a boat means downsizing. Nica Waters, who’s doing this right now, gives you clues on how to decide what comes with you! Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious,…
When I Hated Cruising
Jun 6 • 7 min
While Carolyn Shearlock generally loves cruising, one of those “get me out of here” days hit her last summer. Listen in for how she quickly got back to loving it. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles…
Staying Healthy in the Tropics
Jun 5 • 7 min
The cruising cook has many responsibilities beyond ensuring everyone on board is well fed. She/he is the person who is most responsible for ensuring the crew stays healthy. Lin Pardey shares two important tips tor making your summer cruise or voyage…
Monitoring the Batteries
Jun 4 • 10 min
How do you know if your batteries are getting charged enough? If there’s enough power to watch a movie? If your solar panels or wind generator are sufficient? Do you need to run the generator? Carolyn Shearlock explains a simple device that will give you…
Sufficient Power Aboard
Jun 2 • 6 min
If you’re living off the grid — at anchor — what electrical “goodies” can you reasonably have and how do you power them? Sponsor: GoSunstove.com Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for all your ship to shore culinary adventures.…
Talk Like a Cruiser
May 31 • 7 min
Any new venture involves new language; shortcut the learning curve with this episode! Links VHF radio (on Amazon): https://amzn.to/2xnAPRY Storm Tactics (on Amazon): https://amzn.to/2L21hlZ FastSeas weather routing site: www.fastseas.com Sponsor: SeaTech…
Boat Systems for Everyone
May 30 • 5 min
Can you use all the systems on your boat? Someday, you may have to. Can everyone else aboard also use everything? Carolyn Shearlock explains why this is critical and what they’ve done on their boat to ensure that everyone can handle everything if need be.…
Oven Baking Unevenly?
May 28 • 5 min
Boat ovens are notorious for baking unevenly — one part of an item will be burned while another part is raw. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, gives a quick solution that will make a huge difference … at a very low cost! Sponsor: The…
Organizing Your Boat
May 26 • 3 min
How many times do I have to rearrange things before I get it “right”? Why isn’t it obvious where things should go? And why is it that what seemed like such a good idea last month isn’t working now? Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized…
The Magic of Boat Names
May 24 • 7 min
Naming your boat can be harder than naming your child. Experienced cruiser Nica Waters shares 5 tips to think about – and the story of her boat’s name. Sponsor: Fastseas.com – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas…
Mistakes Happen
May 23 • 6 min
No one is immune to mistakes. But the big thing is how you handle it at the time, and what happens next. Carolyn Shearlock tells of her most recent screw-up and gives thoughts on what is and isn’t helpful, and how you can (hopefully) avoid a similar…
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? Sponsor: GoSunstove.com Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for all your ship to…
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. Sponsor: GoSunstove.com Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for…
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
Living on the boat while working on it can be tough. But a motel may not be practical … or in the budget. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious, yet tiny to store and fast…
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. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious,…
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”…