There are some things in this world that just go together: peas ‘n’ carrots, footy ‘n’ beer, Bert ‘n’ Ernie…and barbies ‘n’ boats.
I think the magic of barbies ‘n’ boats lies in the fact that they are two inherently outdoor activities that are not usually combined. After all, one is a land-based activity while the other is precisely not that. Well there’s absolutely no reason you can’t fire up your barbie every time you fire up your engines or unfurl your sails.
And why wouldn’t you? If on a fishing trip, there’s nothing like reeling in your catch, cooking it up and eating it, all in the same hour – talk about fresh!
And if out for a day of sailing, cruising or skiing, you’re going to build quite the appetite. Rather than packing a lunch that is likely to get squashed and soggy, beaten and bruised, cook it up then and there.
In any case, you’re going to be out enjoying the sun and the great outdoors regardless, so you may as well have a barbie while you’re at it.
There is a wide range of marine BBQs out there, but if you’re looking to get any longevity at all out of your BBQ, then you need only look at those made from 316 marine grade stainless steel. Anything less and you’ll be lucky to get more than a season or two out of it before the elements cause your BBQ to rust and disintegrate*.
Just like your typical backyard BBQ, you can buy marine BBQs that run on gas, electricity or charcoal.
Gas is good for boats that do not have a large source of electricity and for people that prefer the taste of gas barbies to electric. The down side is that you need to keep lugging the gas bottle back to land for refills. In addition, there are some safety concerns with storing and using gas in a confined space, such as on a boat.
Electric BBQs are very convenient for use on a boat. They are clean, safe and don’t require any external fuel. However, they will suck some juice out of your batteries, so make sure you have plenty in reserve.
As on land, marine charcoal BBQs are for those BBQ-lovers who just need that distinct BBQ flavour. They can be messy and inconvenient, but some people wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you’re worried about where you’re going to fit a BBQ on your boat and how you’re going to keep it steady, don’t. There are plenty of mounting options that will enable you to permanently fix it to any of your railings or straight on to the deck. Alternatively, you can pull it out when it’s needed and stow it when it’s not.
Whatever you do and however you do it, just make sure that when you drop the anchor with your friends and family, you have a barbie somewhere on board, or it’s likely there’ll be a mutiny!
* For more information on the dangers of rust and the various grades of stainless steel, please look here: http://www.allbbqs.com.au/stainless-steel-bbq
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