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The Boat Galley

Discover Living On A Boat

Discover Living On A Boat


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Determine if living on a boat might be for you and, if so, the next steps to make your dream a reality.


This free mini-course is intended for people who are just starting to think about living on a boat and don't know much about it. 

First, explore the liveaboard and cruising life:

  • What living aboard and cruising is
  • How to know if you'd like it
  • What about kids, pets, family back home, medical conditions and more?
  • The costs and ways to afford it

Then we'll discuss no-cost ways to continue to learn about the liveaboard life.

Finally, you'll learn how you can try the lifestyle out. 


You'll also get a subscription to The Boat Galley Newsletter, a weekly email filled with tips and tricks to make living on a boat and cruising both easier and more enjoyable. Don't like it? You can unsubscribe at any time.

And no, we aren’t going to sell your email address or send you spam, because that’s not who we are.

Immediate Access

You'll get login details onscreen immediately after purchase as well as by email a few minutes later.

Take this course whenever you want, as fast or slow as you want, in whatever order you want, and refer back to materials as often as you want. You'll have lifetime access to all, including all updates.

Everything is online; there is no shipping.

The Instructor

Carolyn Shearlock is the founder of The Boat Galley and an instructor at Cruisers University at the Annapolis Boat Shows. In addition to her articles and podcasts for The Boat Galley, she frequently writes for various boating and cruising magazines. 

Carolyn and her husband Dave have lived aboard two different boats for a total of 14 years. They've cruised over 14,000 miles in the Sea of Cortez, Pacific Mexico and Central America, and more recently Florida and the Bahamas.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Thomas G.
Very generous information

New to this website and I am so impressed that for free you provide all this informative and educational materials. Thank you for your time, experience and generosity. I am so very grateful as I am a novice sailor who is now retired at 62 years young lol. I am working on taking my years of experience to another level as I am about to purchase my first sailboat within the next year. I live in S. Florida now (native of Boston MA), my experience has included bareboat charters in the Caribbean,and around Cape Cod and Newport RI. a few deliveries from Boston to S. Florida, Bermuda and Bahamas. I will continue to look forward to your newsletters and valuable experience and advice. If there’s anything I can do for you it would be my pleasure.
So grateful,
Thomas G. Of Palm Beach county Florida.


As someone who hasn't sailed yet but dreams of doing so, I must say these courses and the whole website is just so full of important information. I've truly enjoyed exploring the lessons and learning all that I can before we buy a boat.

Tammy A.

As a total newbie, I must say these courses are amazing. Tons of information to learn and organized well. I’ve learned so much and I’m really looking forward to the day we actually buy a boat and cruise full time.