What to eat during your voyage on a sailship?

Date posted: 08.08.2016

Active rest that happens during your sailship voyage, is quite physically demanding. Your diet on a sailboat is one of the most important items the voyage participants must plan together ahead of time. Prior to setting off on your voyage, you should purchase as many groceries with a long shelf life. Then plan to stop at destinations where you can purchase perishable foods (fresh vegetables, fish, meat and bread). In addition to the appropriate amount of food, you must also ensure sufficient quantity of water and other beverages. The recommended quantity is at least 1.5 l of liquids per person per day.

Kitchen utensils and storage

Prior to boarding, you should add the following items to your shopping list: kitchen cloths, sponges, napkins and dish washing liquid. Even though the kitchen on the sailboat is well equipped with the standard kitchen equipment and appliances (working surface, kitchen sink, gas stove with an oven) and basic kitchen utensils for preparing and eating food, you should keep in mind that the way you prepare food differs from that on land. This primarily means that the storage area is smaller, the amount of gas to heat the food is limited (a gas tank is included in the price of the transit log and is additionally paid when boarding) and the fridge is smaller (130 l) to maintain the quality of supplies and prevent their decay.

Eating on the boat

The amount and the type of foods will depend on the affinities of the voyage participants and their eating habits. You should also keep in mind that you will expand more energy during sailship voyage since it is an active type of vacation, meaning you will need to consume greater amounts of appropriate foods. That is why it is better to eat smaller meals throughout the day while the dinner, when the sailboat is anchored, will often be the hearty meal that will require a longer time to prepare. Or, you can decide to explore the local cuisine where your sailboat is anchored.

Editing the list of groceries

You can prepare your grocery list according to the basic meals and snacks and according to the types.  That is, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, cereals and legumes, pasta, drinks, spices, oils, eggs etc. An advantage should be given to groceries with a long shelf life. The emphasis should be on meals that can be quickly prepared and provide sufficient amount of energy. The ideal choice is the combination of light Mediterranean cuisine rich with vegetables, fish and olive oil, and the fast version of meals made with canned foods (such as tuna, canned beans and similar).

The preparation and storage of food

The meal preparation will require more skill because the sailboat is unstable, especially when sailing. You should avoid liquid foods and those that require lengthy preparation. You should also avoid meals that require complex food processing. Avoid food that requires detailed use of the kitchen utensils that can harm you when sailing. You should use pots with tight lids in order to prevent food spillage when sailing. For safety measures, you should shut off the gas tank after every meal preparation.

Meal preparation on the sailship voyage is an unavoidable part of the vacation. So cooking duites should be divided among the crew members. Of course, in terms of the meal preparation and cleaning of the kitchen and the dining room, and putting away kitchen items after the meal. It is known that true yachtsmen are known to be experts in the kitchen. That’s why their meal making skills will complete your sailboat vacation experience.

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