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We've learned a lot about boat repairs and upgrades while cruising over 10,000 miles in two different boats. Passing on what we've learned . . .

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How do you choose a teak cleaner and finish? There's a lot of labor involved and you want products that are going to make you thrilled with the results. My criteria and before/after photos. Yes, I'm delighted!

Boat Renovation: Choosing Teak Cleaner and Finish | The Boat Galley

How do you choose a teak cleaner and finish? There's a lot of labor involved and you want products that are going to make you thrilled with the results. My criteria and before/after photos. Yes, I'm delighted!

Learn from our expensive sailmaking mistake--measure twice, cut once.
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Measure Twice, Cut Once | The Boat Galley

Learn from our expensive sailmaking mistake--measure twice, cut once.

In 5 minutes, we stopped the sun from damaging our cockpit VHF microphone. Here's how you can do it too.

Cockpit Mic Cover | The Boat Galley

In 5 minutes, we stopped the sun from damaging our cockpit VHF microphone. Here's how you can do it too.

Instead of looking for better ways of getting parts un-frozen, why not just avoid the problem in the first place!

Anti-Seize | The Boat Galley

Instead of looking for better ways of getting parts un-frozen, why not just avoid the problem in the first place!

Is your unvarnished teak interior looking rough? Ours was. Here's what we did to clean it up.

Boat Renovation: Cleaning Teak | The Boat Galley

Is your unvarnished teak interior looking rough? Ours was. Here's what we did to clean it up.

Barefoot Gal had good bones but a very tired interior. It was finally time for a major renovation. Learn what all the problems were and our priorities in the update.

Our Boat Renovation Begins | The Boat Galley

Barefoot Gal had good bones but a very tired interior. It was finally time for a major renovation. Learn what all the problems were and our priorities in the update.

Why it's impossible for a solar power estimator to tell you precisely how much solar power you need. 14 things that may be different in the real world.

How Much Solar Power Do You Need? | The Boat Galley

Why it's impossible for a solar power estimator to tell you precisely how much solar power you need. 14 things that may be different in the real world.

How to recognize that the bottom of your boat is fouled with growth, and how best to clean it yourself.  Learn from my mistakes!

Bottom Cleaning | The Boat Galley

How to recognize that the bottom of your boat is fouled with growth, and how best to clean it yourself. Learn from my mistakes!

No, you don't have to carry and store heavy bottles of water. Filter your boat water instead. Here are 3 ways to do it with the pros and cons of each.

Boat Water Filtering | The Boat Galley

No, you don't have to carry and store heavy bottles of water. Filter your boat water instead. Here are 3 ways to do it with the pros and cons of each.

Would you know if water was filling your bilge BEFORE it got over the floorboards? The sooner you know, the better your chance of saving the boat. #TheBoatGalley #liveaboard

Bilge Alarm | The Boat Galley

Would you know if water was filling your bilge BEFORE it got over the floorboards? The sooner you know, the better your chance of saving the boat. #TheBoatGalley #liveaboard

Despite all the critical house projects that are still not done, when Jeremy decided it was time to build a path, it was time to build a path. Learn why that was a good decision!

“Must Do” vs “Want To Do” | The Boat Galley

Despite all the critical house projects that are still not done, when Jeremy decided it was time to build a path, it was time to build a path. Learn why that was a good decision!

How to connect a Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF with GPS and AIS receiver to a Garmin chartplotter. Wiring and device settings.

Connecting GX2200 VHF/AIS to Garmin Chartplotter | The Boat Galley

How to connect a Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF with GPS and AIS receiver to a Garmin chartplotter. Wiring and device settings.

Four items to consider if you're thinking of installing or changing your boat refrigerator to make sure you end up with a system that meets your needs.

Adding or Changing a Boat Refrigerator | The Boat Galley

Four items to consider if you're thinking of installing or changing your boat refrigerator to make sure you end up with a system that meets your needs.

Are lithium batteries worth it? They're more expensive. But they have some important benefits. Check out our review after installing them on our boat.
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Lithium Batteries on a Boat Review | The Boat Galley

Are lithium batteries worth it? They're more expensive. But they have some important benefits. Check out our review after installing them on our boat.

Cleaning non-skid boat decks used to be a hated chore, with lots of scrubbing on our hands and knees. Then we found a much better product and the job is done in just 10 minutes with just a deck brush.

Best Non-Skid Boat Deck Cleaner | The Boat Galley

Cleaning non-skid boat decks used to be a hated chore, with lots of scrubbing on our hands and knees. Then we found a much better product and the job is done in just 10 minutes with just a deck brush.

Fuel problems on a boat can be frustrating and hard to track down. Here are some troubleshooting tips for DIY field system repair.

Find a Fuel Problem on a Boat | The Boat Galley

Fuel problems on a boat can be frustrating and hard to track down. Here are some troubleshooting tips for DIY field system repair.