Insects on board a boat are a major problem but easily prevented. There are a few simple tricks that will help you keep bugs away that are natural and easy to do.
- Bay Leaves – are a great bug repellent, especially for flour or any mixes that contain flour. You can put them right in the container with the product, or place them strategically around your dry lockers. Replace them about every 3 months to keep their repellent properties working.
- Cloves – really smell good and are a great ant repellent. Place a whole clove in each storage area and be sure to replace about every 2-3 months. I always like the way the boat smells from the cloves so when I can’t smell them anymore, they get replaced. [click to continue…]
I can remember, years ago, struggling to find enough space for the basic items needed for cooking in a boat. By the time we had stowed the pots and pans, drink ware, dinnerware and flatware, there really wasn’t much room left. A few years ago when we started to see collapsible silicone appearing in the housewares selections, it was the best thing that could happen to a galley.
Silicone is a polymer made of silicon, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. However, the quality of silicone can vary. You want it in its purest form without any fillers. Some lesser quality silicones have fillers added that can weaken its strength, cause it to stain easier, and to hold odors. Worst of all, these fillers can contain toxins that could be released when heated to high temperatures. So always look for good quality silicone when purchasing your collapsible galley tools.
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Okay, you like to cook but really don’t like it on your boat. Well, read on because I have some solutions for you. Whether it’s a space issue or you just don’t want to miss out on the fun, you CAN cook on board and overcome these hurdles. If you are lucky enough to own The Yachting Gourmet cookbook, you’ve taken the right first step to a better on board cooking experience. If not, we can still make the experience more pleasant.
A little pre-planning goes a very loooong way!
Before you head for the day, a weekend, weeks or even months, spend a little time planning your meals. You probably won’t eat every meal on board if you are headed out for more than one day and that’s great! It’s always fun to go ashore and get a little local color. A good rule of thumb for a week, plan 2 lunches and 2 dinners ashore. If you are going to be docked in a marina for one or more nights, you could add a breakfast out as well. [click to continue…]