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Tips, Reviews and How To’s for Your Cruising Adventures
Reprovisioning in Foreign Ports
Dec 11 • 9 min
Stocking up when your provisions run low
No Cardboard on the Boat
Dec 10 • 9 min
Keep cardboard out for fewer bugs aboard
4 Steps to Great Meals On Board
Dec 6 • 11 min
Meal planning doesn’t have to freak you out!
Lin Pardey Answers Cruiser Queries
Dec 4 • 15 min
What cruisers need to know before setting sail
Vegetables without Refrigeration
Dec 3 • 10 min
No fridge or tiny one? Have fresh veggies anyway!
Do Plans Ever Change?
Nov 29 • 10 min
How we are dealing with a life curveball
10 Things to Improve Boat Life
Nov 27 • 9 min
Make living aboard and cruising even better
Cruising Skills: Trying New Things
Nov 26 • 7 min
Getting comfortable with a little fear
How to Fix Deck Leaks
Nov 22 • 9 min
Rebedding deck fittings to keep the boat dry
Cooking for Extra Crew
Nov 20 • 12 min
Ensuring the cook enjoys having crew onboard
A Broker or Sell It Yourself?
Nov 19 • 6 min
When is it right to say “For Sale By Owner?”
Calypso’s Cruising Budget
Nov 15 • 8 min
Money plans, including how we’re paying for it.
How To Store Your Provisions
Nov 13 • 12 min
Making Sure You Can Find Them When You Need Them
Cutting the Docklines: Emotions
Nov 12 • 6 min
The ups and downs of starting a new chapter
Unexpected Joys of Varnish Day
Nov 8 • 10 min
Mast maintenance has some perks!
Storms at Sea
Nov 6 • 15 min
Answering cruisers’ biggest worry
Having a Microwave on a Boat
Nov 5 • 7 min
3 considerations when deciding if you want one
Find Community Before You Cruise
Nov 1 • 10 min
Getting ready to go is hard. Find your tribe!
Skills for Cruising: Google
Oct 30 • 6 min
Effective online searching is necessary for cruising
I Am Cruising with Diabetes
Oct 29 • 18 min
How you can, too
Reflections on the US Sailboat Show
Oct 25 • 10 min
The main reason going to a boat show ROCKS
Thoughts on Navigation
Oct 23 • 7 min
GPS, Chartplotters – they are just aids to navigation
Your New Boat Checklist
Oct 22 • 7 min
Legalities and practicalities
Cruising Budget Lessons
Oct 18 • 9 min
How do you figure out how much cruising will cost?
8 Thoughts for Guests
Oct 16 • 7 min
Having guests on the boat is different than having guests stay in your house, and they need to be prepared. Here’s what we share with our guests! Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Their hand loomed, fair trade, organic cotton Turkish towels are highly absorbent,…
Redundancy on a Boat
Oct 15 • 7 min
You can’t just take a whole second boat with you. Learn how to choose the RIGHT spares to keep your boat going. Sponsor: GoSun.co Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for all your ship to shore culinary adventures. GoSun - using the…
Hurricane Prep
Oct 11 • 6 min
Learn about our decision making and understand what we did to prepare our boat for Hurricane Florence. Sponsor: Good Old Boat magazine. For 20 years, Good Old Boat has been the sailing magazine for those who maintain, upgrade, and enjoy their own…
Three Jury Rigging Ideas
Oct 9 • 7 min
A shroud breaks, your mast threatens to come down. Join Lin Pardey as she relates how two different cruising crews came up with jury-rigging that let them sail their boats onward without outside assistance. Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering…
Downsizing to Move Aboard
Oct 8 • 9 min
Selling it all and sailing off into the sunset sounds so romantic. And then you start thinking about the reality. WHERE do you start? HOW do you do it? Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Their hand loomed, fair trade, organic cotton Turkish towels are highly…
Bed Challenges Aboard
Oct 4 • 6 min
Learn about the trials and tribulations of making the bed on a small sailboat - and the myths of an un-disturbed v-berth. Sponsor: Mahalo Sailing.com. Offering private and group charters in exotic locations, Mahalo Sailing will feed your cruising dreams…
Filling Up the Black Box
Oct 1 • 7 min
Engine checks and maintenance can be a pain to do, and it’s easy to put them off until we have a problem. That may not be the best approach. Sponsor: Good Old Boat magazine. For 20 years, Good Old Boat has been the sailing magazine for those who maintain,…
Life and Boat Projects
Sep 27 • 6 min
When the summer stretches before you, it can be hard to focus on the boat. Maybe that’s not so bad. Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized learning charters in Exumas, Bahamas. Sail her like you own her with coaching from Captain Suky…
Glad We Chose a Better Anchorage
Sep 25 • 7 min
Learn why Lin Pardey feels flexibility was the key to some of her best cruising experiences. Join her and Larry as they decide to abandon the anchorage of their first choice and gain some real rewards. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Their hand loomed, fair…
How to Get Packages While Cruising
Sep 24 • 8 min
If you’re cruising from place to place with no fixed address, how do you get a shipment from Amazon, Defender or anywhere else? Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized learning charters in Exumas, Bahamas. Sail her like you own her with…
Line Etiquette Afloat
Sep 20 • 9 min
Learn three key things about proper ways to secure your boat. Hint - pay attention to YOU! Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized learning charters in Exumas, Bahamas. Sail her like you own her with coaching from Captain Suky Cannon.…
How to Buy Food for a Cruising Boat
Sep 17 • 7 min
Choices, choices. So many decisions to make when you’re provisioning a boat, whether it’s for a weekend or month. Carolyn Shearlock gives you two guiding principals in deciding what to buy. Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Their hand loomed, fair trade, organic…
How Timelines Affect Cruising Plans
Sep 13 • 7 min
Specific deadlines and general timelines both have their place when prepping for your cruise. Learn when each is best. Sponsor: Solavore Solar Ovens. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook, roast, or bake, the…
How to Choose a Cruising Boat
Sep 11 • 8 min
As Lin Pardey will explain, much of the advice on choosing a boat given by other sailors, magazines and online forums may be misleading. She’ll give you encouragement to get off cruising sooner, with more money in the bank. Sponsor: Shambala Sailing…
Why Did Our Boat Survive Irma?
Sep 10 • 11 min
Over 75% of the boats in Boot Key Harbor were totaled or had massive damage when Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys. Barefoot Gal survived with not even a scratch. Why? Sponsor:Mahalo Sailing.com. Offering private and group charters in exotic…
10 Steps to Get You Cruising!
Sep 6 • 8 min
10 actionable steps to get you out there. The order might surprise you! Sponsor: Marmara Imports. Their hand loomed, fair trade, organic cotton Turkish towels are highly absorbent, dry quickly, fold flat and are soft and luxurious: perfect for life…
How to Provision for a Bareboat Charter
Sep 3 • 7 min
Bareboat chartering is great for getting a taste of cruising and having a wonderful vacation. But how do you make sure that you have all the groceries you need for great meals? Carolyn Shearlock of The Boat Galley gives you the low down. Sponsor:…
5 Games to Enjoy Aboard
Aug 30 • 10 min
Games that you can take anywhere take some finding: here are 5 to start you off! Links: Multiple packs of playing cards with different designs: https://amzn.to/2MSpekx Sponsor:Mahalo Sailing.com. Offering private and group charters in exotic locations,…
Vegetarians Onboard
Aug 28 • 13 min
If one of your cruising guests is a vegetarian, or you yourself prefer meatless meals, Lin Pardey’s latest podcast could be just what you need. Sponsor: Solavore Solar Ovens. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook,…
Cruiser Potlucks
Aug 27 • 8 min
Potlucks are a mainstay of cruiser life. Carolyn Shearlock offers two suggestions for making them even better for the folks at the end of the line and those with food allergies and dietary restrictions. Links: The Boat Galley Cookbook:…
Land vs. Boat Provisioning
Aug 23 • 6 min
Is cooking on a boat REALLY exactly like being on land? Not so fast! Links: Pasta container: https://amzn.to/2BAM3oa Thermal cooker: https://amzn.to/2NfFSXW GoSun Stove: https://amzn.to/2BCKgiF Sponsor: GoSun.co Inventors of the world’s fastest most…
How to Choose Bottom Paint
Aug 20 • 10 min
Learn the most important considerations in choosing bottom paint for your boat. Carolyn Shearlock explains 13 things to consider and why they are important. Sponsor: Infinity, the most trusted name in woven vinyl flooring in the marine industry. Since…
3 Things for Long-Term Boat Storage
Aug 16 • 8 min
Leaving your boat for an extended period means taking special precautions. Sponsor: Infinity, the most trusted name in woven vinyl flooring in the marine industry. Since 2008, Infinity has offered boat owners premier flooring options proven to withstand…
How to Keep Eggs on a Boat
Aug 14 • 9 min
Veteran cruiser Lin Pardey shares 5 ways to keep eggs fresh longer, and which one is her favorite! Sponsor: Galleyware — Find top-rated nesting cookware, nautical dinnerware, and other galley essentials at Galleyware, your one-stop shop for every galley…
Tips for Going to a Boat Show
Aug 13 • 8 min
Boat shows can be huge and overwhelming. It’s all too easy to leave and feel that you’ve missed things you really wanted to see or do. A plan, that’s what you need. Carolyn Shearlock tells you how to create one that’s perfect for you! Sponsor: Solavore…
Why We Cruise
Aug 9 • 5 min
Boat work seems endless. Every now and then, though, it’s critical to go sailing. Sponsor: Mahalo Sailing Offering private and group charters in exotic locations, Mahalo Sailing will feed your cruising dreams with practical knowledge, education and…
Anchoring for 50 Knots
Aug 6 • 10 min
By always anchoring as if we know it’ll blow 50, we’re ready for the times it does. Here, Carolyn Shearlock explains their technique. Links: Mantus Anchor: https://amzn.to/2Of33BX Sena Bluetooth headsets (“My Team Talks”): https://amzn.to/2AHiuAV Sponsor:…
Project Creep Weekend
Aug 2 • 4 min
Boat projects creep, sometimes taking 10 times as long as you expected! Sponsor: GoSun.co Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar cookers for all your ship to shore culinary adventures. GoSun - using the power of the sun to fuel your galley…
Can’t Buy Safety
Jul 31 • 8 min
With all the so-called safety gear promoted by manufacturers and magazines, how do you choose what you actually need without sinking your cruising budget? 200,000+ mile voyager Lin Pardey shares her thoughts on evaluating potential safety gear. Sponsor:…
Faking It
Jul 30 • 5 min
How do you cope when things have you more than a little nervous? Can you turn the mood to one of calmness or fun? Carolyn Shearlock explains what she does in this exact situation. Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering customized learning charters…
9 Tips for the Cruiser-to-Be
Jul 26 • 13 min
The idea of going cruising can grab you by the throat. How can you keep the dream alive? Links: Voyagers Handbook: https://amzn.to/2LiybmZ Voyaging with Kids: https://amzn.to/2LvJNCu Sponsor: GoSun.co Inventors of the world’s fastest most compact solar…
Boat Buying: How Much to Offer
Jul 25 • 5 min
You finally find the boat you want to buy. Then comes the big question: how much to offer for it? Carolyn Shearlock has bought numerous boats over the years and doesn’t think there is a universal answer. Sponsor: Shambala Sailing Adventures, offering…
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: GoSun.co…
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 • 10 min
Fuel problems are probably the most frequent type of engine problem that boats have. How do you track one down? Carolyn Shearlock has — unfortunately — had experience with this and offers pointers on a logical approach and tips to make it easier. Sponsor:…
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 • 8 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 • 7 min
If you’re on the move, in a foreign country or even living aboard in a marina, how can you get your mail? Sponsor: Good Old Boat magazine. For 20 years, Good Old Boat has been the sailing magazine for those who maintain, upgrade, and enjoy their own…