A cabin (living area below the boat’s deck) and a galley (a boat’s kitchen) expands your boating options from hanging out on the lake for a few hours to being able to spend an entire weekend (or longer, time permitting) aboard your boat—kinda like having an RV for the water.
Boats, like backpacks and RVs, have a finite amount of space for your gear
(nautical term for stuff). Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your boat’s storage potential:
- Boats and boating are inherently wet activities—so what do you do with those soggy bathing suits, towels, snorkels, and fins? Stringing a clothesline is a hassle; we prefer stowing waterlogged miscellany in a mesh bag to air out ‘til next time.
- Jackets and sweatshirts keep the chill away, but when it warms up, you’ll need a place to put the outerwear. Hanging a gear hammock (or two) is an excellent way to keep extraneous gear somewhat organized and out of the way.
Lugging armloads of necessities to and from your boat is less of a chore with this basket that pops open when you need it and folds flat when you don’t.
Most of the berths (beds on a boat) are a lot different (peculiar dimensions, trapezoid and V-shaped, etc) than those back home. Not to worry—sheets, blankets, and even pillows are available for nearly every variety of boat bed.
Use disposable/recyclable paper plates and plastic cups for casual dining, especially when your crew consists of more kids than grown-ups. Don’t forget to include lots of trash bags (we like plastic grocery sacks) to keep things ship-shape and tidy. Make sure to dispose of refuse and recycling properly when you get back to shore.
Boats tend to be unstable dining platforms. With that in mind, several companies offer attractive, nearly indestructible place settings, complete with non-skid vinyl feet, designed specifically for the nautical adventurer.
Instead of using mismatched pots and pans from the house, why not pick up a set of “nesting” cookware to keep on the boat? Your cooking tools will take up less room in the galley, freeing up a bit of space for other essentials.
But Wait, There’s More
Enjoying good meals on your boat doesn’t necessarily mean slaving over a hot stove in a cramped galley—why not cook out?
Yep, they do make barbecue grills for boats, and there’s nothing like sizzling steaks or fresh fish filets to make a day on the lake absolutely perfect.
Propane and compressed natural gas are the most popular boating bar-b fuels, but charcoal models are available for grilling gourmands.
Life’s too short not to use your boat as it was intended—to bask in the pleasures of food, fun and sun.