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Tips for Dinners Aboard Sailboats

Are you planning a sunset cruise aboard a sail boat?  Nothing could be more relaxing than a day on the water and an evening dining aboard. Ask any chef and they’ll tell you food eaten outside is always delicious. After spending the day sailing, you’ll certainly develop a hearty appetite.  Follow these tips from the professional sailors to ensure your trip is a success and filled with positive memories to last for year to come.

The most important consideration in planning your meal is the limited amount of space aboard most sailboats. Some sail boats have generous galleys and others are limited to just a small countertop.   Select menu items that can be prepared in advance and served aboard. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and enjoy the thrill of grilling while anchored by purchasing a grill for mounting from the huge selection available at West Marine. Marinate your vegetables and meat selection in advance and pack in a soft cooler to bring on board.   Many cockpits have table leaves that can be mounted from one bench to the next.  These are intended to be dining tables. Improvisation is important when dining aboard.  Plan to bring all of the needed utensils and paper products. Along with plenty of ice, bring a roll of paper towel and several trash bags to tidy up at the end of the meal. If you’re very ambitious, you can plan on fishing and cooking your catch.  Make sure the sail boat or dock has space to clean your catch.  Make sure you also have a plan B in case the fish decide not to bite!

Avoid stemmed glasses and glassware in general. Plexiglass is preferred and quality paper or plastic serving pieces are generally safer. Boats move, and glassware breaks. This is not a safe combination. Use your imagination! A pretty table cloth and festive napkins can ramp up what may appear at first glance to be a simple picnic.  Bring a box of wine and a speaker for your music and you’ll have an enchanting evening dining aboard after a day of sailing!