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Carolyn Shearlock needs very little introduction. Her website, The Boat Galley, is one of the most popular among the world’s cruising and live-aboard community, and for good reason. It is packed with useful information and clever tricks for making your boating life better. From getting the most out of your solar panels to keeping your food fresh in a humid environment, Carolyn has the information you need. In fact, she has written more than 1,000 articles about boating, and every one of them passes on wisdom gained over many years living aboard boats.
With this series of programmes, Carolyn goes back to basics – taking the listeners step-by-step through the process of choosing, finding, buying, equipping and provisioning a boat. They’re terrific listening, whether you’re new to boating or a seasoned sailor. Each show is around five minutes long and is presented in Carolyn’s easy to digest, no nonsense style. They are a valuable resource for the cruising community worldwide.

  • 1. Where to start your search for a boat. Carolyn Shearlock has lived aboard f...
  • 2. How to narrow down your priorities and how to search online. Carolyn Shearl...
  • 3. Looking at boats. How to go about finding the right boat for you. Carolyn Sh...
  • 4. Purchasing a boat can be a nerve wracking experience. Carolyn Shearlock tak...
  • 5. What do you do when it's your first night on board your new boat? What do y...
  • 6. Mapping out your boat's systems. Carolyn explains what to do when you first...
  • 7. Getting to know your boat - from tracing the propane system to mapping the h...
  • 8. Slow down. Take your time. Don't take on too much. This week Carolyn conce...
  • 9. Slow down, relax, eat chocolate and maybe take a holiday away from the boat....
  • 10. Gear for your first voyage. A visit to Carolyn Shearlock's website, The Bo...
  • 11. Considerations when buying galley gear. Size, shape, frequency of use and ...
  • 12. Galley Gear Part Two. The second part of Carolyn Shearlock's guide to buyi...
  • 13. Boat cooking part one. From boning your chicken to baking on the stove top...
  • 14. Boat cooking part two. Don't panic! Brace yourself. Conserve heat and wa...
  • 15. Just how important is your boat's name? Well, actually, it's much more imp...
  • 16. The importance of checking your instruments. Your marine surveyor almost c...
  • 17. A boat details document will help you understand and maintain your vessel a...
  • 18. What is a boat card and what should it include? In this latest episode, Ca...
  • 19. The galley is something you can’t easily change, so it’s important you find...
  • 20. Cruising in the tropics can be a pretty sticky experience if you don’t have...
  • 21. Keen to keep cruising as you grow older? Carolyn Shearlock knows just what...
  • 22. A day in the life of a cruising couple. Carolyn Shearlock, husband Dave an...
  • 23. What should you carry in your dinghy? Carolyn Shearlock presents a list of ...
  • 24. Scraping? Sanding? Caulking? Boat work can be a dirty business so it pay...
  • 25. Habits you need to develop to stay safe in the galley. Carolyn Shearlock h...
  • 26. Beware the experts! Trust your own judgement and be sure to buy the boat o...
  • Just how much water do you need to carry on board? How much will you use per p...
  • Arm yourself with a pack of Sharpies and a bottle of white nail varnish. After...