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Tips, Reviews and How To's for Your Cruising Adventures: buying a boat and gear - provisioning, food and cooking on a boat - cruising and chartering - living on a boat - fitness on board - boat work and DIY tips - encouragement and more!

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Stargazing from a Boat
<p>Have you ever really seen the night sky? From a place where there is no light pollution?</p> <p>All I can say is WOW.</p> <p>In ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has seen some spectacular skies and here she gives a bit of info and some useful resources . . .</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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What Kind of Dinghy?
<p>Every cruiser needs a dinghy. Which one is best for you?</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Handheld depth sounder (on Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JOVTXt">https://amzn.to/2JOVTXt</a></p> <p>Wooden Boat magazine: <a href= "https://www.woodenboat.com">https://www.woodenboat.com</a></p> <p>Dinghy ladder: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2K0cPWL">https://amzn.to/2K0cPWL</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "http://www.marmaraimports.com/">Marmara Imports</a>. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious, yet tiny to store and fast drying. View their selection at <a href= "http://www.marmaraimports.com/">marmaraimports.com</a> and use the code TAKE10 at checkout through June 30 for a $10.00 discount on any bath size product (39" x 70").</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Communications Apps for Cruisers
<p>Cruising to foreign destinations generally doesn’t mean abandoning communications with your family and friends. We all still want to stay connected — and not just through the latest Facebook and Instagram posts.</p> <p>We want to talk and text. But have you seen international phone rates? YIKES!</p> <p>There are better solutions — and Carolyn Shearlock tells of her favorites.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Provisioning for an Ocean Voyage
<p class="Body">The whole idea seems daunting. You are in charge of ensuring there is lots to eat once you set off to cross the Pacific.</p> <p class="Body">But what is enough? And how do you ensure you and the crew will enjoy the meals you prepare once you have been at sea for three or even four weeks.</p> <p class="Body">Lin Pardey shares her hard-earned secrets to help you feel more comfortable as you prepare for your first ocean passage.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p class="Body">Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2MygyMW">https://amzn.to/2MygyMW</a></p> <p class="Body">The Boat Galley Cookbook: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JWQGsF">https://amzn.to/2JWQGsF</a></p> <p class="Body">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration: <a href= "https://bit.ly/2tcyBQ2">https://bit.ly/2tcyBQ2</a></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny. Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href="https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Catamaran or Monohull
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Tayana 37 - <a href= "https://bit.ly/2K3KySq">https://bit.ly/2K3KySq</a></p> <p>Gemini 105M - <a href= "http://bluewaterboats.org/gemini-105m/">http://bluewaterboats.org/gemini-105m/</a> OR <a href="http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3777">http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3777</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> Rainman Watermakers, capable of producing up to 37 gallons of fresh, clean drinking water per hour from seawater - without the need for installation! Configurations are available in AC, 12 Volt DC, and even a gasoline system! Seatask is the premier US facility for Rainman watermakers here in the USA - visit them at <a href= "http://www.seataskgroup.com/">www.seataskgroup.com</a> to learn more!</p> <p>Add the referral code BOATGALLEY on the "order my system" page to receive 10 extra prefilters with your order! ($70 value!)</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cruising with a Dog
<p>Cruising with a dog? Is it really possible? I mean, not just in a marina, but out sailing or motoring?</p> <p>How about full time cruising in foreign countries? How much of a hassle is it?</p> <p>Listen Carolyn Shearlock (aka "Paz's mom") for everything you need to know to cruise with your best friend . . . or decide that it would be better to leave Fido at home.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Grilling on a Boat
<p>Grilling is a favorite way of cooking on board cruising boats. Nica talks about her favorite tools!</p> <p><strong>Links</strong> to items mentioned (Amazon):</p> <p>Magma Kettle Propane Grill: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JCrStJ">https://amzn.to/2JCrStJ</a></p> <p>Magma Charcoal Grill: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2l8Xloz">https://amzn.to/2l8Xloz</a></p> <p>Chimney starter: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JFi567">https://amzn.to/2JFi567</a></p> <p>Grill mount: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2sV2KnC">https://amzn.to/2sV2KnC</a></p> <p>Magma Rectangular Grill: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2laJ1w1">https://amzn.to/2laJ1w1</a></p> <p>Propane Adapter: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2y7QKEw">https://amzn.to/2y7QKEw</a></p> <p>Tongs: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2sV4htU">https://amzn.to/2sV4htU</a></p> <p>Long spatula: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JEWaw9">https://amzn.to/2JEWaw9</a></p> <p>Spray bottle for flare-ups: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JDT4Z2">https://amzn.to/2JDT4Z2</a></p> <p>Grill basket: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2MpkkZ3">https://amzn.to/2MpkkZ3</a></p> <p>Fish basket: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2LQb5zQ">https://amzn.to/2LQb5zQ</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> Rainman Watermakers, capable of producing up to 37 gallons of fresh, clean drinking water per hour from seawater - without the need for installation! Configurations are available in AC, 12 Volt DC, and even a gasoline system! Seatask is the premier US facility for Rainman watermakers here in the USA - visit them at <a href= "http://www.seataskgroup.com">www.seataskgroup.com</a> to learn more!</p> <p>Add the referral code BOATGALLEY on the "order my system" page to receive 10 extra prefilters with your order! ($70 value!)</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Weird Wiring Colors
<p>If you buy a used boat, someday you’re sure to discover something that the prior owner did that leaves you scratching your head.</p> <p>For Carolyn Shearlock, it was wiring colors. It seems that if a piece of wire was needed, one was simply grabbed without regard to whether it was the same color as what it was spliced into.</p> <p>She and her husband didn’t want to get into the time and expense of re-wiring. Here she explains how they made it easier to trace wires and know what was what.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Gear Breaks
<p>Things WILL break on your boat. Many times, a permanent fix isn't immediately possible, especially if you're in a remote area. So what are you doing to do in the meantime?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock details numerous ways to cope with common gear failures.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "http://www.marmaraimports.com/">Marmara Imports</a>. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious, yet tiny to store and fast drying. View their selection at <a href= "http://www.marmaraimports.com/">marmaraimports.com</a> and use the code TAKE10 at checkout through June 30 for a $10.00 discount on any bath size product (39" x 70").</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Post-Hurricane Unseen Dangers
<p>Unfortunately, with hurricanes come sunken, holed and grounded boats. The shattered dreams are devasting and everyone wants to recover their boat or at least go aboard and see what can be salvaged.</p> <p>Be careful, though: think about what’s in the water in the wake of a hurricane. </p> <p>Two of Carolyn Shearlock's boats have taken direct hits by hurricanes and she's been very involved in the harbor cleanups with them and also with two (non-hurricane) events where friends' boats sunk. Here, she talks a bit about safety in the cleanup phase. Don't compound the tragedy!</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Bring the Joy
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>Links to items mentioned:</strong></p> <p>Life Changing Magic of Tidying (Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JxMbaV">https://amzn.to/2JxMbaV</a></p> <p>Colorful mixing bowls (Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2kQOJTE">https://amzn.to/2kQOJTE</a></p> <p>Cast iron skillet: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2sN48b0">https://amzn.to/2sN48b0</a></p> <p>French press: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Bodum-Chambord-French-Coffee-Espresso/dp/B00005LM0T/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1528251129&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=bodum+french+press&psc=1"> https://amzn.to/2JlSWsS</a></p> <p>Ceramic baking pan: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2LqWQkY">https://amzn.to/2LqWQkY</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong>Marmara Imports. Turkish towels and other fine hand-loomed, fair trade textiles from Turkey. Soft and luxurious, yet tiny to store and fast drying. View their selection at <a href= "http://www.marmaraimports.com">marmaraimports.com</a> and use the code TAKE10 at checkout through June 30 for a $10.00 discount on any bath size product (39"X70") </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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When I Hated Cruising
<p>There’s a saying about cruising that “the highs are higher and the lows are lower.”</p> <p>Some of those lows can seem miles deep.</p> <p>And while Carolyn Shearlock generally loves cruising, one of those “get me out of here” days hit her last summer.</p> <p>But it wasn’t permanent . . . listen in for how she quickly got back to loving it.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Staying Healthy in the Tropics
<p>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.</p> <p>Lin Pardey, who has sailed more than 200,000 miles, much of this as a Crew Maintenance Engineer (cook) shares two important tips tor making your summer cruise or voyage through the tropics a healthy one.</p> <p>Links to Lin's books discussing this topic:</p> <p>Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2J8Dc0k">https://amzn.to/2J8Dc0k</a></p> <p>Taleisin’s Tales: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HiXnTK">https://amzn.to/2HiXnTK</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny. Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Monitoring the Batteries
<p>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?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock explains a simple device that will give you just the info you need.</p> <p><strong>Links</strong> to items mentioned in the show:</p> <p>Victron Battery Monitor on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JrJ4RI">https://amzn.to/2JrJ4RI</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://sea-tech.com/">SeaTech Systems</a>, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable .Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout. </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Sufficient Power Aboard
<p>If you're living off the grid — at anchor — what electrical “goodies” can you reasonably have and how do you power them?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of full-time living aboard mostly at anchor, believes in “no amp ogres” — that is, no saying that things aboard can't be used because of the power they will require.</p> <p>In this episode, she details the 4-step approach she takes to having sufficient power for the things on her boat.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Talk Like a Cruiser
<p>Any new venture involves new language; shortcut the learning curve with this episode!</p> <p><strong>Links</strong></p> <p>VHF radio (on Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2xnAPRY">https://amzn.to/2xnAPRY</a></p> <p>Storm Tactics (on Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2L21hlZ">https://amzn.to/2L21hlZ</a></p> <p>FastSeas weather routing site: <a href= "http://www.fastseas.com">www.fastseas.com</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://sea-tech.com/">SeaTech Systems</a>, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Boat Systems for Everyone
<p>Can you use all the systems on your boat? Someday, you may have to. Can everyone else aboard also use everything?</p> <p>If there is more than one person on board, systems have to be planned so that everyone can do every function.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Oven Baking Unevenly?
<p>Boat ovens are notorious for baking unevenly -- one part of an item will be burned while another part is raw.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, gives a quick solution that will make a huge difference . . . at a very low cost!</p> <p><strong>Links to Items Discussed</strong></p> <p>Pizzacraft 12x15 Rectangular Baking Stone (Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2IIN7K1">https://amzn.to/2IIN7K1</a></p> <p>California Pizza Stones — custom cut to your exact size: <a href="https://bit.ly/2ILJ6QP">https://bit.ly/2ILJ6QP</a></p> <p>Kitchen Supply Old Stone Oven Toaster Oven Pizza Stone 7-inch by 10-inch<img class=" lazyloaded" src= "https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=theboagal-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000QJBNHY" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" data-lazy-src= "https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=theboagal-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000QJBNHY" />  (Amazon): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2KS2bSa">https://amzn.to/2KS2bSa</a></p> <div class="entry-content"> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny. Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</p> </div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Organizing Your Boat
<p>How many times do I have to rearrange things before I get it “right”? Why isn’t it obvious where things should go?</p> <p>And why is it that what seemed like such a good idea last month isn’t working now?</p> <p>These and so many more questions play out as we try to stow everything on a boat.</p> <p>With ten years of cruising and living aboard full-time, Carolyn Shearlock has some pointers.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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The Magic of Boat Names
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Who’s On First (Abbot and Costello skit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg</p> <p>Carolyn’s blog post on boat names: https://theboatgalley.com/a-new-name-for-our-boat/</p> <p>USCG documentation information: https://bit.ly/2IFEn3c</p> <p>Homer’s The Odyssey (translation): https://amzn.to/2ICe7ed</p> <p>Jacques Cousteau (the Cousteau Society): https://www.cousteau.org/english/</p> <p>Calypso music: David Rudder: https://amzn.to/2IB9vVI Calypso Rose: https://amzn.to/2J2gOVS</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a> – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas will find the optimum route to your destination. Coupon Code: GALLEY2018 </p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Mistakes Happen
<p>No one is immune to mistakes. But the big thing is how you handle it at the time, and what happens next.</p> <p>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 mistake in the future.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Overnight Passages
<p>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.</p> <p>To truly enjoy ocean passages, this is imperative.  But getting to sleep on a boat that is bouncing across a tradewind sea can be difficult.</p> <p>Join Lin Pardey as she describes a few of the tips that have helped her and those she has sailed with, sleep well in all kinds of weather. For as she makes clear, a well-rested crew makes better decisions, stays healthier and is far easier to live with.</p> <p><strong>Links</strong></p> <p>Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2rU2K6U">https://amzn.to/2rU2K6U</a></p> <p>Get Ready to Cross Oceans (DVD) on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2LeQi9P">https://amzn.to/2LeQi9P</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://sea-tech.com/">SeaTech Systems</a>, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout. </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cooking & Eating Underway
<p>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. </p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, gives 13 tips to make cooking on a moving platform easier and safer.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>The Boat Galley Cookbook on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2KBkf2A">https://amzn.to/2KBkf2A</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "http://www.solavore.com/">Solavore Solar Ovens</a>. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook, roast, or bake, the lightweight and durable Solavore is perfect for life on board. Keep the galley cool and save fuel too! Use coupon code Galley2018 for 15% off through July 2018. </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Getting Mail When Cruising
<p>If you’re on the move, in a foreign country or even living aboard in a marina, how can you get your mail?</p> <p>Cruisers use a number of different strategies and with ten years of cruising experience, Carolyn Shearlock has used many and heard of others. Here, she tells the pros and cons of each.</p> <p>Link to her preferred mail service:</p> <p><a href="https://www.sbimailservice.com/">St. Brendan's Isle</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Six Steps to a Perfect Bottom
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Drywall screen on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2Gor0Ta">https://amzn.to/2Gor0Ta</a></p> <p>Drywall pole sander head on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2wLSsdY">https://amzn.to/2wLSsdY</a></p> <p>Pole for drywall sander: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2IuiJPv">https://amzn.to/2IuiJPv</a></p> <p>Tyvek suits on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2ILr2cY">https://amzn.to/2ILr2cY</a></p> <p>Pressure washer on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IJppMJ</p> <p>Respirator on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2GoZVPB">https://amzn.to/2GoZVPB</a> (be sure to order extra filters, too!)</p> <p>Sanding face mask on Amazon: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2rMRBVs">https://amzn.to/2rMRBVs</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "http://www.solavore.com/">Solavore Solar Ovens</a>. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook, roast, or bake, the lightweight and durable Solavore is perfect for life on board. Keep the galley cool and save fuel too! Use coupon code <strong>Galley2018</strong> for 15% off through July 2018. </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Q Flag
<p>Planning to cruise outside your home country? You’re going to need a Q flag.</p> <p>What’s that? you ask. Listen in and find out when, why and how to fly yours.</p> <p>Link to buy on Amazon:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/1R9PGC1" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Q flag on Amazon</a></li> </ul> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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3 Ways to Reduce Cruising Stress
<p>We start cruising to have fun. And then stress can creep in as we're learning a whole new lifestyle.</p> <p>In this episode, Carolyn Shearlock discusses three simple things that anyone -- old or new cruiser -- can do to make cruising far less stressful. </p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a> – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas will find the optimum route to your destination.</p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Three Reasons to Go to a Boat Show
<p>What do you get out of going to a boat show? Is it worth the expense?</p> <p>Nica Waters, fresh from the Annapolis Spring Show, gives three reasons for going.</p> <p>Links:</p> <p>Annapolis boat show: https://www.annapolisboatshows.com</p> <p>Cruisers University: https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/cruisers-university/</p> <p>Ugo: https://ugowear.com/</p> <p>Weems and Plath: <a href= "http://www.weems-plath.com">http://www.weems-plath.com</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a> – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas will find the optimum route to your destination.</p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Helm Notes
<p>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.</p> <p>Helm notes make it easy! Carolyn Shearlock shares how to make them and what all to include so that all your trips will be safe ones.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Eating Street Food
<p>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?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has eaten from street carts not just in the US, but around the world: Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and all through Africa, South America, and Central America. The food is delicious and she's never gotten sick.</p> <p>She says she's not alone . . . most cruisers eat street food and even have their favorite stands. But they do take some simple precautions, which she outlines here.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Working as You Cruise
<p>Some people feel perfection would earning enough money to set off cruising without ever having to work again. Others put off cruising because they don’t feel they have enough money to go.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Lin's books telling how they worked as she and Larry circumnavigated (links are to Amazon):</p> <p>Self-Sufficient Sailor: https://amzn.to/2jyB4Qm</p> <p>Cruising in Seraffyn: https://amzn.to/2rqNqyl</p> <p>Seraffyn’s European Adventure: https://amzn.to/2KF3kgy</p> <p>Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure: https://amzn.to/2wkmKnY</p> <p>Cost Conscious Cruiser: https://amzn.to/2wk5Wx7</p> <p>And a book Lin published:</p> <p>Voyaging with Kids: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2wiFO5M">https://amzn.to/2wiFO5M</a></p> <p>And a group she mentioned:</p> <p>Hands Across the Sea: <a href= "http://www.handsacrossthesea.net">www.handsacrossthesea.net</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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4 Months of Boat Repairs
<p>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 make jokes about "cruising is just fixing your boat in exotic places."</p> <p>To answer that question, Carolyn Shearlock listed every single repair -- large and small -- that they did while on a 4-month cruise through the Bahamas. Only one actually delayed them; another one could have caused more problems than it did. But most of them? Easily fixed or worked around.</p> <p><strong>Links to items mentioned: </strong></p> <p>USB cables 3-pack (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2KEz4T6</p> <p>USB cables 6-pack (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2JVUCJC</p> <p>iPhone/iPad Lightning cable 4-pack (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2I0UcB1</p> <p>Mantus Anchors and Chain Grabber: https://bit.ly/2HWt4ak</p> <p>Rescue Tape: https://amzn.to/2jxyOsB</p> <p>Nature's Head composting toilet: https://bit.ly/2IjZaMJ</p> <p>Maggie's Farm ant gel baits: https://amzn.to/2K03mi1</p> <p>Advion ant gel syringes: https://amzn.to/2HTwI4X</p> <p>Advion ant bait stations: https://amzn.to/2HVN4WG</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> Solavore Solar Ovens. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook, roast, or bake, the lightweight and durable Solavore is perfect for life on board. Keep the galley cool and save fuel too! Use coupon code <strong>Galley2018</strong> for 15% off through July 2018.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Sunsetters on the Water
<p>Cruising may not be <em><strong>all </strong></em> gorgeous sunsets in wonderful anchorages with your favorite beverage in hand, but when it happens, why not celebrate?</p> <p>Get together with new best friends on the boat next door (who you might never have met before) and enjoy the evening.</p> <p>In 10+ years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has learned a thing or two about dinghy drifts and she's happy to pass them on.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Unexpected Ingredients
<p>Provisioning isn’t just about taking the food you eat all the time. Leave room for special ingredients!</p> <p>In this episode, experienced cruiser Nica Waters talks a bit about her provisioning philosophy and the importance of having special treats.</p> <p><strong>Links to items mentioned in this episode:</strong></p> <p>Northeast Kingdom in Vermont: <a href= "http://northeastkingdom.com">http://northeastkingdom.com</a></p> <p>Galley tools and foods from Amazon:</p> <p>Microplane zester: https://amzn.to/2HMWofk</p> <p>Solar oven: https://amzn.to/2w6hIev</p> <p>Thermal cooker: https://amzn.to/2w6nTiI</p> <p>Pressure cooker: https://amzn.to/2I7nscN</p> <p>Kanokwan red thai curry paste: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HMZ2Si">https://amzn.to/2HMZ2Si</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> Solavore Solar Ovens. Cook with the power of the sun with your Solavore Sport solar oven. Slow-cook, roast, or bake, the lightweight and durable Solavore is perfect for life on board. Keep the galley cool and save fuel too! Use coupon code <strong>Galley2018</strong> for 15% off through July 2018.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Do I Need an Windlass?
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has sailed (on a charter) without a working windlass and both her boats have had electric windlasses installed by previous owners.</p> <p>She argues that not only is life easier with an electric windlass, it's also safer.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Ten Things to Make Galley Life Better
<p>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.</p> <p>Links to products mentioned:</p> <p>Pur water dispenser/filter: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2Hze3et">https://amzn.to/2Hze3et</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Seagull water filter: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2I2UpHu">https://amzn.to/2I2UpHu</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>4-Way Windscoop: <a href= "https://www.cruisingsolutions.com/collections/wind-catchers/products/breeze-bandit"> https://www.cruisingsolutions.com/collections/wind-catchers/products/breeze-bandit</a> (Cruising Solutions)</p> <p>Caframo 12-volt, 2-speed fans: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2r8Sre6">https://amzn.to/2r8Sre6</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Scrubr dishcloths: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HCkObq">https://amzn.to/2HCkObq</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Baking stone (tile shop can cut to size needed): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HBzQ5u">https://amzn.to/2HBzQ5u</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Omnia Stove Top Oven: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2r8DAQF">https://amzn.to/2r8DAQF</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Lock& Lock food storage containers: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HDdgW5">https://amzn.to/2HDdgW5</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Victorinox knives: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HGJMqp">https://amzn.to/2HGJMqp</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Rapala filet knife: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HGKmEB">https://amzn.to/2HGKmEB</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Magma nesting pans: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HzeYf0">https://amzn.to/2HzeYf0</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>Galleyware nesting pans: <a href= "http://www.galleyware.com/Nesting-Cookware/">http://www.galleyware.com/Nesting-Cookware/</a></p> <p>Ways to make coffee: <a href= "http://theboatgalley.com/boat-coffee-systems/">http://theboatgalley.com/boat-coffee-systems/</a></p> <p>Saratoga Jack's thermal cooker: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JAJKk7">https://amzn.to/2JAJKk7</a> (Amazon)</p> <p>The Boat Galley Cookbook: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2Hzfj1g">https://amzn.to/2Hzfj1g</a> (Amazon)</p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny.</p> <ul> <li>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</li> </ul> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Is Your Lifesling Ready to Go?
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock tells how to check if yours is in good operating condition, lists potential problems and discusses how to fix them. Yes, both cruising boats she's owned have come with Linfeslings that had problems.</p> <p>If you discover that it needs to be repacked, <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/is-your-lifesling-ready-for-use-are-you-sure/">get the directions here</a> — you’ll find the link to the owner’s manual that explains it and a photo series of Carolyn re-packing hers.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny.</p> <ul> <li>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</li> </ul> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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The Precision of Boat Space
<div class="entry-content"> <p>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 . . .</p> <p><strong>Links to things mentioned in the show:</strong></p> <p>Bristol Channel Cutter: http://www.samlmorse.com</p> <p>Lyle Hess: <a href= "http://www.msog.org/yarns/lyle_hess_wb/wb-lylehess.cfm">http://www.msog.org/yarns/lyle_hess_wb/wb-lylehess.cfm</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a> – making weather routing simple. Whether you are after speed or comfort, Fastseas will find the optimum route to your destination.</p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Trips from Hell
<p>Trips from hell. They exist. Weather. Boat problems. Sick. Tired. Hot. Whatever the reason, some trips just don’t go as expected.</p> <p>Ten-year cruiser Carolyn Shearlock explores some of the reasons and ways that she first, tries to avoid bad passages and second, deal with the problems that arise.</p> <p>The good news: future trips are likely to be a lot better!</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Two Clues
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny.</p> <ul> <li>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</li> </ul> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Hurricane Preparation
<p>The time to plan how you'll prepare for a hurricane is long before there's one threatening your boat. </p> <p>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 . . . and her boats have survived both Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys and Hurricane Marty in the Sea of Cortez. Listen to what they've taught her -- not just in what to do, but also the mindset needed.</p> <p><strong><img class= "size-full wp-image-36526 alignleft sp-no-webp" src= "https://31oyzh25fehd21hb9c1gjdv7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Seatech.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="24" />Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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First Aid Kit for the Boat
<p>What do you need in a first aid kit aboard a cruising boat and how do you ever begin to organize it?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock tells what they carry for coasting cruising and the best way she's found to organize it.</p> <p>Harder-to-find products mentioned (links to Amazon):</p> <p>Dry bags:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2EzSwjt" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">SealLine 55-liter dry bag</a> (comes in various colors and sizes)</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2soVVwT" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">SealLine see-through bags</a> (up to 30 liter size)</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2nVhctd" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">SealLine small pouches</a> (for small items)</li> </ul> <p>Tincture of benzoin (to keep bandages on):</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2ECwgFN" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Screw-top bottle (2 oz.)</a></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2HaZVEC" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Package of 50 swab sticks</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Hb3pac">SAM splint</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2stICva">Temporary filling kit</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BotB0l">Tick puller</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> <p> </p>
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Privacy on Board
<p><span style="font-size: 11pt;">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.</span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 11pt;"><strong>Links:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Need a new dinghy? <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/choosing-a-dinghy/">https://theboatgalley.com/choosing-a-dinghy/</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Kayak from Amazon: Old Town Kayak Heron 9XT https://amzn.to/2IZJoDy</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Handheld VHF from Amazon: Uniden MHs75 Submersible https://amzn.to/2IWby20</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Headphones from Amazon: Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones <a href= "https://amzn.to/2JPT30s">https://amzn.to/2JPT30s</a></span></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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An Introduction
<p>So what is Carolyn Shearlock's cruising background? Where has she gone? Does she really know anything?</p> <p>Find out all this along with why she started The Boat Galley.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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How to Use a Propane Stove
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it’s satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech’s packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Project Boat as Your First Boat
<p>If you’re in the market for a boat, sooner or later you’ll be intrigued by some really low-priced boat you see. <em>Hmm</em>, you think, <em>with the money I save on the purchase, I can turn it into exactly what I want.</em></p> <p>The reality is that project boats can give you exactly the boat you want, but are generally not a good deal financially and most times the work takes considerably longer than expected. Many never end up in the water.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has seen many people buy project boats over the years. If you've never owned a boat before, she has some extra words of caution.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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A Cruising Day with Totem
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Sailing Totem: <a href= "http://www.sailingtotem.com">www.sailingtotem.com</a></p> <p>Panama Guna Yala region: <a href= "https://www.boqueteoutdooradventures.com/maps.html">https://www.boqueteoutdooradventures.com/maps.html</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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What Does Cruising Cost?
<p>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.</p> <p>Everyone has to come up with their own budget and make their own decision as to what they have to have.</p> <p>In this episode, Carolyn Shearlock discusses some of the hidden costs and tradeoffs that are glossed over in many discussions of what it costs to cruise. With ten years' experience, she's known everyone from bare bones low-cost specialists to those living the high life.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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The Joys of Sailing
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p><strong>Hereshoff 12.5</strong> <a href= "http://www.capecodshipbuilding.com/fleet/index.php?boat=bullseye"><strong> http://www.capecodshipbuilding.com/fleet/index.php?boat=bullseye</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Map of Kawau Island, New Zealand: <a href= "https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kawau+Island/@-36.4210592,174.812574,13z/"> https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kawau+Island/@-36.4210592,174.812574,13z/</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Parkinson’s Disease:</strong> <a href= "http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons"> <strong>http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Storm Tactics (book): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2IwNEtI">https://amzn.to/2IwNEtI</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Storm Tactics (DVD): <a href= "https://amzn.to/2GA4BqN">https://amzn.to/2GA4BqN</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/">The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a> Have truly great meals with fresh produce, meat, butter, cheese, eggs and more, even if you don’t have a refrigerator or it’s tiny.</p> <ul> <li>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</li> </ul> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> <p><strong>Capable Cruiser: <a href= "https://amzn.to/2HdpepU">https://amzn.to/2HdpepU</a></strong></p>
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It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.sailcaribbean.com/">Sail Caribbean.com</a> the premier teenage adventure camp in the British Virgin Islands. Sail Caribbean fosters self-confidence, leadership, and personal growth through sailing, scuba, community service, and marine biology adventures. Empower your teen with an extraordinary Caribbean experience.</p> <p>Coupon code BOATGALLEY to receive 10% off tuition</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Ciguatera (Fish) Poisoning
<p>Whether you're fishing, buying fish at the market or even just ordering fish at a restaurant, you need to know about ciguatera poisoning.</p> <p>What is it really? What fish are affected? What are the symptoms? When do you need to see a doctor?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock thought she knew about it, but when friends contracted it, she discovered that there was a lot she didn't know . . . and it has made her far more cautious!</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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How Do You Learn To Sail?
<p>Learning how to sail is a prerequisite for going cruising on a sailboat.</p> <p>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!</p> <p><strong>Links to things mentioned in the show:</strong></p> <p>Sail Caribbean: <a href= "http://www.sailcaribbean.com">www.sailcaribbean.com</a></p> <p>Northeast Kingdom map: <a href= "http://www.vermont.com/northeast-kingdom/">http://www.vermont.com/northeast-kingdom/</a></p> <p>University of Virginia: <a href= "http://www.virginia.edu">www.virginia.edu</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "http://www.sailcaribbean.com">Sail Caribbean</a> -- the premier teenage adventure camp in the British Virgin Islands.</p> <p>Coupon code BOATGALLEY to receive 10% off tuition</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cruising the Bahamas
<p>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 . . .</p> <p>Don't be surprised on your trip! Listen in for Carolyn Shearlock's words of wisdom so you'll have the time of your life.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Living With a Small Refrigerator
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of living on a boat and cruising, tells how it can all works . . . and give you the foods you want!</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2GfeKJs">Mold for single ice cubes</a> (Amazon)</p> <p><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/living-with-a-small-refrigerator#pdf">Storing Veggies Cheat Sheet</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.sailcaribbean.com/">Sail Caribbean.com</a> the premier teenage adventure camp in the British Virgin Islands. Sail Caribbean fosters self-confidence, leadership, and personal growth through sailing, scuba, community service, and marine biology adventures. Empower your teen with an extraordinary Caribbean experience.</p> <p>Coupon code BOATGALLEY to receive 10% off tuition</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Getting Prescriptions When Cruising
<p>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?</p> <p>It takes some planning, but don’t worry, it can be done. </p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of cruising in five countries (and long-term travel in thirty others) details strategies that have worked for her and her husband.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Re-Entry Grief
<p>All cruises come to an end, sometime. How do you deal with the reentry?</p> <p>Nica Waters shares her experience with coming back to land after cruising, and reminds you that it’s okay to grieve.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p>Bristol Channel Cutter: <a href= "http://www.samlmorse.com/">http://www.samlmorse.com</a></p> <p>Calypso blog from trip: <a href= "https://svcalypso.wordpress.com/">https://svcalypso.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p>Totem website: <a href= "http://www.sailingtotem.com/">http://www.sailingtotem.com/</a></p> <p>Women Who Sail: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenWhoSail/</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.sailcaribbean.com/">Sail Caribbean.com</a></p> <p>Coupon code BOATGALLEY to receive 10% off tuition</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Taking on Water? What You Need
<div class="post_image">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.</div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>Carolyn Shearlock details four things that they carry with them — in a very accessible place.</p> <p>As she says, "We really hope that we wasted our money buying this gear . . . but we know that if we ever need it, we need the right gear and plenty of it."</p> <p><strong>Links to Products Mentioned</strong></p> <p>Wood bungs</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2C0R30i">Amazon set of 10 smaller plugs</a> (1/2” to 1-1/2” max plug size – up to about 1-1/4” thru hull or hole)</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2E5OcsP">Amazon set of 9 larger plugs</a> (holes from about 1” to 1-3/4”)</li> <li><a href= "http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|135|2290137&id=275638"> Defender set of six plugs for holes 1/2” to 2”</a></li> </ul> <p>Forespar Sta-Plug</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2nOEe4p">Sta-Plug on Amazon</a></li> <li><a href= "http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|135|2290137&id=2242647"> Sta-Plug from Defender</a></li> </ul> <p>Hull Survivor Emergency Hull Seal</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2Em151k">Hull Survivor on Amazon</a></li> </ul> <p>Splash Zone Epoxy</p> <ul> <li><a href= "http://search.defender.com/?expression=splash%20zone&s=1">Splash Zone from Defender</a></li> </ul> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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On Watch
<p>What’s it like to actually be at sea? Three-time circumnavigator Lin Pardey shares 4 vignettes from times on watch.</p> <p>These stories were taken from Lin's book, Seraffyn's European Adventures, which you can buy on Amazon:</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2pFixFE">Seraffyn’s European Adventures</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a></p> <ul> <li>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</li> </ul> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Doing (US) Taxes While Cruising
<p>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?</p> <p>A cruiser since 2002. Carolyn Shearlock provides three basic strategies and then details how to get all the documents you need and make payments from afar.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2G35g2Y">TurboTax software on Amazon</a> (download)</p> <p><a href="https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/">My Social Security</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.irs.gov/Payments">IRS Payments Online</a> (estimated taxes and other payments)</p> <p><a href="https://www.officialpayments.com/index.jsp">Official Payments</a> (payments to state and local governments and others)</p> <p><strong>Sponsor: </strong><a href= "http://fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <div> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div>
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Refrigerator Problem or Bad Batteries?
<div class="post_image"> <div id="mep_1" class="mejs-container svg blog_audio mejs-audio"> <div class="mejs-inner"> <div class="mejs-controls"> <div class="mejs-button mejs-playpause-button mejs-play">You reach in the refrigerator for a nice cold drink on a hot day, and the can or bottle just doesn’t seem as cold as it should be. A few hours later, you notice it again . . . and the next day, discover that the butter is soft.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>The refrigerator obviously has a problem. Or does it?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock explains what happened on their boat and how they determined that the problem was really in batteries that were dying.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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Cruising Hacks, Galley-Style
<p>Living in a small space, sometimes it’s the little things that really help you make the most of the space you do have.</p> <p>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 vacation.</p> <p>Links to items mentioned in podcast:</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FDy9na">Silpat baking mats</a></p> <p>These are half sheet size, which tend to be useful for boat-sized ovens. These mats cannot be cut to size!</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pb3d37">Dry erase board</a></p> <p>Think of the space you have, and size accordingly. There are also stick on versions that might be of interest. I’ve also seen people use chalkboard paint!</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Hvos6z">Magnet strips (need 2)</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FH2wVu">Organization bins for the fridge</a></p> <p>You totally could hit the local dollar store for these, and again check the size of YOUR fridge to see what works. Get sturdy ones, such as these from Sterilite!</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FTtg8t">Refillable pumps for sunscreen</a></p> <p>I like glass; you may prefer plastic. Of course, if you have a large amount of lotion or shampoo that comes in such a container and just finish it off, reuse what you have!</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "http://fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Operational Info
<div class="post_image"> <div id="mep_1" class="mejs-container svg blog_audio mejs-audio"> <div class="mejs-inner"> <div class="mejs-controls"> <div class="mejs-button mejs-playpause-button mejs-play"> 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?</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>The list goes on and on.</p> <p>Experienced liveaboard cruiser Carolyn Shearlock, explains why notebooks didn’t work for them, and what finally did to put information right where they needed it.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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Outboard Won't Start?
<p>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?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock isn’t an outboard mechanic by any stretch of the imagination, but close to 50 years of running them have taught her what the common problems are. 14 simple things to check if the outboard won’t start — along with how to fix them at least well enough to get home. No mechanical skills needed!</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/outboard-wont-start-101/#PDF">Download a PDF of the info in this podcast to print and keep in the dinghy</a></p> <p><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/things-to-carry-in-the-dinghy/">Safety Gear to Carry in the Dinghy</a></p> <p><a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/outboard-fuel-line-problems/">Outboard Fuel Line Problems</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "http://fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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How Much Water Per Day?
<div class="post_image"> <div id="mep_1" class="mejs-container svg blog_audio mejs-audio"> <div class="mejs-inner"> <div class="mejs-controls"> <div class="mejs-button mejs-playpause-button mejs-play">How much water do you use on your boat? How much do you need to carry to get you to your next stop?</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>Important questions as you’re planning your trip . . . and hard to know when you’re just starting out.</p> <p>With ten years of cruising experience herself and also passing info from friends, Carolyn Shearlock gives typical water usages and the levels of luxury they afford.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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How Do You Decide to Go Cruising?
<p>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?</p> <p>Nica Waters, who’s asked and answered this question twice already, shares the conversation that sparked the last cruise – and the surprising twist that made it possible.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/galley2018">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Coupon Code: GALLEY2018</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Don't Blindly Follow Experts
<div class="post_image"> <div id="mep_1" class="mejs-container svg blog_audio mejs-audio"> <div class="mejs-inner"> <div class="mejs-controls"> <div class="mejs-button mejs-playpause-button mejs-play">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.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>For example, “everyone” told Carolyn Shearlock she needed a double sink when she was buying her first boat. And then there were those oven mitts . . .</p> <p>Listen to why you might want to think a bit before doing everything she -- or anyone else -- recommends!</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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The Things You'll Miss
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <p><a href= "https://www.worldatlas.com/img/areamap/nonav/cookisloceania.png">Cook Islands map</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.mapmoose.com/maps/Scotland.jpg">Scotland map</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/au.htm">Vanuatu map</a></p> <p><a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagos_Archipelago">Chagos information</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.ezilon.com/maps/images/oceania/New-Zealand-physical-map.gif"> New Zealand map</a></p> <p>Books telling of Lin’s travels:</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Hpucyu">As Long as It’s Fun</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GeXlNA">Taleisin’s Tales</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FBnBAw">Cruising in Seraffyn</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a></p> <p>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST</p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Trash Management to Avoid Bugs
<p>Trash can be a real source of bugs on a boat: ants, flies and cockroaches. We don’t even want to think about the other critters – like mice – that might see your trash as an all you can eat buffet.</p> <p>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 minutes what it took her years to discover.</p> <p><strong>Prefer to read?</strong> Check out <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/trash-avoid-bugs/">Manage Your Trash to Avoid Bugs</a></p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> The Boat Galley Guide to Storing Food without Refrigeration</a></p> <p>Coupon code for $1 off: PODCAST </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cooking in a Moving Kitchen
<div class="post_image"> <div id="mep_1" class="mejs-container svg blog_audio mejs-audio"> <div class="mejs-inner"> <div class="mejs-controls"> <div class="mejs-button mejs-playpause-button mejs-play">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.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>Some think the risk is greatest for monohull boats with their heeling and roll, but there’s risk for multi-hullers, too, with the jerkier motion of waves hitting first one hull and then the other.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, offers nine specific tips that can help you avoid injuries. With time, they’ll become habits!</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "http://boataffair.com/">boataffair.com</a> </p> <p>Coupon code: BoatGalley18 – 5% off </p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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Fit2Sail Introduction
<p>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.</p> <p>Links:</p> <p><a href= "http://www.nicawaters.com/countdown-to-cruising/whendoescruisingreallystart"> When Does Cruising Really Start (blog)</a></p> <p><a href="https://svcalypso.wordpress.com">Old Calypso blog</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.cruisingworld.com/how/little-big-boat">Article about meeting Osprey</a></p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "http://www.boataffair.com">www.boataffair.com</a></p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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When Boat Work Turns Filthy
<p>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.</p> <p>Living on the boat while working on it can be tough. But a motel may not be practical . . . or in the budget.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has lived through three multi-month stays in a boatyard, as well as numerous shorter stops. In this episode, she offers nine tips for surviving dirty, nasty boat work.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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You'll Never Be Ready
<div class="post_text"> <div class="post_text_inner"> <p>It’s so easy to get trapped in the mindset of doing “just a couple more things” before heading out on an extended cruise.</p> <p>In ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock has fought the urge to just keep getting ready many times . . . and had some great times as a result. Here, she gives you tips to get you out living the dream and not just preparing for it.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> </div> </div>
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What to Always Have in the Dinghy
<p>When you’re living on a boat away from a dock, the dinghy is your car.</p> <p>You use it to go back and forth to shore, and also for fun little explorations.</p> <p>And just as with the big boat, it’s important to have some basic safety and communication gear aboard in case of problems.</p> <p>In ten years of cruising and a lifetime of boating, Carolyn Shearlock has had a motor quit or tube punctured more than once. Here, she lists the items that are vitally important to always carry -- even on short trips.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p>Coupon code: PODCAST - $1 off </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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How Big a Boat Do You Need?
<p>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 rethink your answer to the question, “How big a boat do I need to go cruising?”</p> <p>Amazon links to book mentioned:</p> <p>Lin and Larry Pardey: <a href="http://amzn.to/2FNO7Ym">Cruising In Serrafyn</a></p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "http://www.fastseas.com">www.fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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What Do You Do All Day?
<p>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 places?”</p> <p>Will you like it? Will you be bored?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has been cruising almost ten years now, and admits that no two days are alike. Here, she tells of a fairly typical day at anchor in the Bahamas.</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "http://boataffair.com/">BoatAffair</a></p> <p>Coupon code: BoatGalley18 – 5% off</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Passagemaking and Sleep
<p>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?</p> <p>As with so much in cruising, preparation is key. Listen in to what I've learned over the years.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cruising Over Age 75
<p>Even amongst retired cruisers, Dave Shearlock is a bit of a rarity. At 76, he and his wife Carolyn bought their second cruising boat.</p> <p>They've been aboard Barefoot Gal over three years now; a year and a half ago, they logged over 1,100 miles in the Bahamas.</p> <p>YES, you can cruise even as an older retiree. It's not just for the young folks.</p> <p>Carolyn explains how they're doing it and what they think are the keys to success.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Is Cruising Really Healthy?
<p>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 better.</p> <p>SPONSOR: <a href= "http://www.boataffair.com">www.boataffair.com</a></p> <p>Want to have Nica help you design your own program for use on board? Get in touch with her today! <a href= "mailto:Nicawaters@gmail.com">Nicawaters@gmail.com</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Improving Boat Ventilation
<p>Living on your boat in summer — tropical or otherwise — can be hot. Really, really hot. Many boaters cope by staying in marinas and install air conditioning.</p> <p>But what about those of us who prefer to anchor out? Or don’t have the budget for long stays in a marina and installing air conditioning?</p> <p>Improving your boat’s ventilation will do a lot to cool it off. And it costs less than one month’s stay in most marinas.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, who has spent many a summer in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Sea of Cortez, presents five ways to make hot weather cruising in the tropics possible.</p> <p>Links to products mentioned:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fr0yt3" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Caframo Two Speed Compact 12v Fan Fan, White</a><img src="http://www.awltovhc.com/image-4141797-10540053" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> (Amazon; also available in black)</li> <li><a href= "http://go.redirectingat.com?id=13047X703746&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.westmarine.com%2Fbuy%2Fcaframo--ac-fan-replacement-blade--10747640" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Marine Replacement Fan Blade</a><img src="http://www.awltovhc.com/image-4141797-10540053" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> (they don't break often, but it's good to carry a spare)</li> <li><a href= "https://www.cruisingsolutions.com/collections/wind-catchers/products/breeze-bandit"> 4-Way Breeze Bandit Wind Scoop from Cruising Solutions</a></li> </ul> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Laundry Room Etiquette
<p>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.</p> <p>There tend to be some generally accepted "laundry room etiquette" practices.</p> <p>Here, experienced cruiser Carolyn Shearlock lays out what you should and shouldn't do to make it as painless as possible for everyone!</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Galley Design
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, details three things to evaluate carefully in the galley design.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p>Coupon code: PODCAST - $1 off </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Provisioning Practice
<p>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 get ready to cruise!</p> <p>SPONSOR: <a href= "http://www.fastseas.com">www.fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Links to things mentioned in the show:</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Bs5Moz">Care and Feeding of the Offshore Crew</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dmdR9rPjdE&list=PLcnnGTa3sXRZsP2OsQYa6XtCW71QPTmyr"> Tasty Thursday video playlist</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2H84YFD">The Boat Galley Cookbook</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/">Annapolis Boat Show</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/cruisers-university/">Cruisers University</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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How to Make Boat Cards
<p>If you’re new to boating and cruising, you were probably startled the first time someone gave you a boat card or asked for yours.</p> <p>What’s this? A business card for the boat? We’re trying to get away from all that!</p> <p>Actually, it’s a great way to easily exchange info. But what should you put on yours?</p> <p>Having seen thousands of boat cards in ten years of cruising, Carolyn Shearlock will answer your questions and provide a few tips.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> <p> </p>
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Turkish Evil Eyes
<p>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?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock had one on their first boat and three on their current boat, and explains why here. </p> <p>Want one? Get it on Amazon:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2Eg7qMx">Turkish Evil Eye on Amazon</a></li> </ul> <p>Sponsor: <a href="http://boataffair.com">Boataffair.com</a></p> <p>Special offer: BoatGalley18 – 5% off </p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Creating a Boat Details Document
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock explains how to create a boat details document and always have the info you need at your fingertips -- you can print a copy or store one on your phone so you always have it with you.</p> <p>Want to see hers? <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/boat-details-document-br-podcast-17/">Get a copy here</a>.</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> <p> </p>
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When Does Cruising Really Start?
<p>Cruising is as personal as almost anything else in life, and this includes deciding what makes it really cruising in the first place.</p> <p>Nica Waters has been preparing for a cruise, coming back to “real life” after a cruise, or actively cruising for almost 30 years of her life, and she hopes she’s learned a critical lesson along the way. Here, she shares that lesson with you. Don’t wait to go cruising!</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href="http://boataffair.com">BoatAffair</a></p> <p>Coupon code: BoatGalley18 – 5% off </p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Check If Instruments Are Accurate
<p>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.</p> <p>But that might not always be the case, as Carolyn Shearlock learned. Listen in to her story of incorrect depth soundings, how they tested, and what the problem was. Then check yours!</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> SeaTech Systems, offering cruiser-tested solutions for weather and communications. Whether it's satellite, wifi, cell, or SSB, SeaTech's packages are simple and affordable.</p> <p>Coupon Code: Free shipping through July 2018 with the code GALLEY2018 at checkout.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Organizing Galley on Charter
<p>A few minutes spent organizing your provisions at the beginning of a bareboat charter will pay immense dividends over the course of the trip.</p> <p>It'll be quick to find ingredients for a meal and you won't discover items are missing when you're away from stores.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook and veteran of several charters, tells how to make sure you've got everything you want for every meal and some great organization tricks for both meals and snacks.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Choosing a Boat Name
<p>Choosing a boat name is a lot like choosing a name for a baby: it’s a very personal decision.</p> <p>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 around, we knew that we were, in effect, choosing the name we’d be known by and we were a lot more careful."</p> <p>Listen to her story of what was wrong with their first boat’s name, and the things they considered the second time around.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Exercise on Board
<p>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, though, it’s about using what you have and believing you can.</p> <p>Nica Waters, who cruises on a 29-foot Bristol Channel Cutter, offers plenty of options that don't take much space for gear or the actual workout. </p> <p>Special equipment mentioned in the show (links are to Amazon except for Beachbody):</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EsTcoy">Selecttech “dial a weights</a>”</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FxKKDK">Resistance bands with UV/chafe protection</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FzRyRp">Foam roller</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FxE08M">Lacrosse ball</a></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DRhLdw">Balance board</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/plans/offers_bod?referringRepID=129111"> Beachbody on demand streaming workouts</a>: (please contact Nica as she is a coach and would love to help you with this!)</p> <p>Music: “Slow Down” by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Boat Cooking IS Different
<p>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.</p> <p>But everything you do is affected by the motion of the boat — some days more than others!</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock offers tips and tricks for easier and safer work in your galley. With ten years of living aboard and cruising on two very different boats, Carolyn understands the challenges!</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href="http://boataffair.com">BoatAffair</a></p> <p>Coupon code: BoatGalley18 – 5% off</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Medical Issues and Cruising
<p>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 you'd decide whether to stay where you are or leave as planned?</p> <p>It's something we all need to think about before it happens. What factors should we even consider?</p> <p>Veteran cruiser Carolyn Shearlock has faced these questions a few times and offers a framework for making the tough decisions when it comes to health.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Cooking on a Boat
<p>On one hand, cooking is cooking, no matter where you are. But 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!</p> <p>Listen to Carolyn Shearlock's time-tested tips to make the transition easier . . . and safer. Carolyn has lived aboard two different boats for over 10 years and is the author of The Boat Galley Cookbook.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p>Coupon code: PODCAST - $1 off </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> "Slow Down" by <span style= "color: #000080;"><span lang="zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a class= "western" href="https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p> <p> </p>
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Tips for Buying Galley Gear
<p>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?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, with ten years of cruising experience and the author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, gives tips for buying galley equipment that will last for years and other things to consider.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p> <p> </p>
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Outfitting Your Galley
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, discusses important considerations when getting anything for your galley.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p>Coupon code: PODCAST - $1 off </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> "Slow Down" by <a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></p>
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Your First Night Aboard
<p>The first night on the boat . . . what do you need?</p> <p>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 drink or snack.</p> <p>What do you need to buy and what can you bring from home?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock, founder of The Boat Galley, discusses what you do and don't need to have with you for your first night aboard.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "http://boataffair.com/">BoatAffair</a></p> <p>Coupon code: BoatGalley18 – 5% off</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <span style="color: #000080;"><span lang= "zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p> <p> </p>
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Moving Up the Learning Curve
<p>Eight specific strategies to make that climb up the learning curve to “cruiser” just a little easier. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!</p> <p>We’ve all been there, and there are days when you wonder if it’s worth it. Then magically, everything comes together and life gets a lot easier.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock's tips to make that learning process easier and far less stressful.</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <span style="color: #000080;"><span lang= "zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p>
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Flatten the Learning Curve
<p>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.</p> <p>It's exhausting.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock has some words of advice from ten years of cruising and buying two boats where every day was a learning experience.</p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <span style="color: #000080;"><span lang= "zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p>
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More Learning Boat Systems
<p>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.</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock presents an alternative way to get to know your new boat inside and out, so you'll feel confident and stay sane.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor:</strong> <a href= "https://theboatgalley.com/downloads/storing-food-without-refrigeration-ebook/"> Storing Food without Refrigeration ebook</a></p> <p>Coupon code: PODCAST - $1 off </p> <p><strong>Music:</strong> "Slow Down" by <span style= "color: #000080;"><span lang="zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p>
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Learning a New-to-You Boat
<p>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.</p> <p>How do I turn on the bilge pumps? The hot water heater? The stove? What's an inverter?</p> <p>The list goes on and on. How do you learn it all without going nuts?</p> <p>Carolyn Shearlock details a proven method for learning how everything works on your new boat that won't overwhelm you.</p> <p>Sponsor: <a href= "https://www.fastseas.com/">Fastseas.com</a></p> <p>Music: "Slow Down" by <span style="color: #000080;"><span lang= "zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><u><a href= "https://www.reverbnation.com/intrepidsouls">Yvette Craig</a></u></span></span></p>
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