Even the most modest runabout has room for some kind of nautical cuisine. Many new boats come with built-in coolers, ice chests, refrigeration systems, or even full galleys. Few craft are so small that you can’t spread some kind of maritime feast. A crusty bread, sharp cheese, and smoky salami or five-course haute cuisine; both are banquets when served on a boat

Some people make dining afloat an integral part of their boating experience. Like tailgaters at a football game, nautical chefs swap recipes that are generally tried and found useful. Some folks enjoy cooking local fish or seafood while others enjoy catching their own meals. Boat and equipment manufacturers offer an ever expanding range of cooking tools and techniques fine tuned for life afloat. So, you can have that simple picnic, or you can serve a maritime repast suitable for a commodore.