Sunday, September 20, 2015


One of the problems with having a small trailer sailor is the lack of a galley. Our 24’ Hunter came equipped with a sink but no stove. Storage is also at a premium, with only a little storage under the sink, beneath seats and in the v-berth. If, like us, you sleep on your boat on an overnighter and/or an occasional week, you need some kind of a portable galley. We would be grumpy sailors indeed if we couldn’t have hot coffee in the
There isn’t much room on a trailer sailor, so everything we take along needs to be not only compact but portable.
First, let’s talk about the stove. We recently stumbled across this great little one-burner number from Coleman. It is compact and lightweight. It comes in carrying case that keeps it well contained and protected when not in use. It has two convenient features that I think set it apart from other similar stoves: 1) It has a starter button so you don’t need to bring along matches or a lighter, and 2) The butane tank fits right into the
stove casing so you don’t have to hook it up each time you want to cook.The price was excellent – less than $20 at Walmart. As I recall, the butane tank was around $5.00 and one tank is reported to last about90 minutes. If you’re just boiling water or heating pre-cooked food, two tanks of butane might last you an entire sailing season.
As you can see in the picture, the stove fits perfectly on the drop-down shelf next to the sink.

We use real dishes aboard Zen. It’s nice to have a decent plate, sturdy flatware and substantial cups when mealtime rolls around. We use this picnic backpack from Amazon.

It came with plates, cloth napkins, flatware, a small cutting board, a sharp knife, a corkscrew/bottle opener and even a small salt and pepper shaker. It sells on Amazon for less than $55.00.
I added a few things to the collection to meet our needs. What you don’t see in this picture is that there is a big pocket on the back side of the backpack, so there is plenty of room to pack a few extra niceties. I filled
our bag up with four Coleman camper coffee mugs and some sturdy, unbreakable wine glasses from Crate and Barrel. I use the bottle carrier that you see on the left side of the backpack stow a roll of trash bags. This backpack is very sturdy and it stows neatly under the v-berth when not in use. We’ve used it regularly for the past four years.We also keep a few simple pieces cookware under the boat sink in a drawstring bag – a teakettle, a small saucepan with a lid and a small frying pan with a lid. One spoon and one spatula complete our portable galley.Our “galley” takes up very little space and is completely portable. Stove, dishes and cookware came to less than $100 but our needs are neatly met.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


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The 2015 season may be over for a lot of boaters but it’s prime time for those of us who use the power of sails. The powerboats usually pull out of the water at this time of year, leaving the lakes quiet and peaceful. Cooler temps and gentle breezes make for some of the most pleasant sailing conditions of the year.

Those cooler temps also necessitate a change of sailing wardrobe. The swimsuits can stay at home, while long-sleeved shirts, jackets sweatshirts can come out of storage.I have a small collection of sweatshirts picked up in little harbor towns as we've sailed the Great Lakes. Not only do they make great souvenirs but they are also a nice addition to any cool weather sailing wardrobe.

Another nice thing to have is a good rain suit. I highly recommend Frogg Toggs. Wearing a good suit like this over your regular clothes will keep you dry and add a layer of warmth. I keep mine on the boat at all times.

I recently discovered spa socks and keep those on-board, as well. Spa socks are super soft and have non-skid bottoms.  These socks will keep your toes warm and toasty while giving you a bit of extra bit of stability while walking about a deck or cabin floor.

If you are going to wear gloves, be sure to wear a good pair of sailing gloves. I like this ¾ finger style.

Topping off your fall wardrobe should be a warm hat or ear warmer. I am tired of hats from wearing them all summer, so I’m going with an ear warmer instead.

The end of summer need not mark the end of your sailing season. Don the proper clothing and you will be able to keep sailing until the docks close for the winter.
Stay warm and sail on!