Brunch on a boat

Brunch on a Boat: Here’s Our Advice

Written by Boatsetter Team
January 4, 2018

Last Updated on January 14, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

Discover Which Types of Food are Best for Brunch when you Rent a Sailboat

If you are like most people, you’ll want to make a really early start on the day you use your boat rental. With all the packing and preparation you’ll need to do, it can be tricky to find time to have a meal before you start sailing. Anyway, you will probably enjoy the experience of a meal out on the water when you rent a yacht much more than just a regular meal on land. Here at Boatsetter, we have several recommendations for how to prepare a delicious brunch that you can enjoy when you decide to rent a catamaran, a sailboat, or a yacht. Some of the best occasions to host a brunch on a boat might include a bachelor party boat rental or a bachelorette party boat rental, a special birthday, or even just a regular old lazy Sunday.

What Kind of Equipment Will You Have?

When you go about selecting your boat rental, think about what kind of options you might want for cooking. Smaller boat rentals probably won’t have a built-in kitchen but there might be a grill or a small Coleman stove on the boat. Cooking on a boat is similar to cooking while camping except that you can generally bring more perishable items if the boat has a refrigerator. Many of our boat rentals do come with plates, pans, cups, and cutlery so it is a good idea to select a boat with these things. Another concern is keeping the boat rental clean. Confirm whether or not the boat rental comes with a sink and places to throw away your trash.

Select Your Ingredients Wisely

Each person’s tastes are different, but there are some general condiments like spice mixes and hot sauces that most people will want to have available when they rent a yacht. It is a good idea to pack your cooler with some staples like eggs, cheese, and bread. If you are planning on catching some fish to eat, make sure you have the tools and space to clean and prepare them on the boat. Limes and lemons go well with most seafood and you can usually use these in your drinks too. A large supply of sparkling water can be useful because these types of drinks can be enjoyed on their own or they can be used as mixers for a wide range of cocktails.

Instead of the standard food, you might enjoy during a brunch outing on land, you may want to consider some other types of seafood as well. For example, canned oysters go really well with crackers and a few capers. Smoked salmon can be a delicious addition to a simple green salad, or you can even just eat it on its own. Just add a little lemon juice and cracked pepper. For dessert, a box of fruit (like berries or strawberries) is easy to transport on the boat rental and it will not create much trash. Rather than lugging big, heavy bottles onto the boat, round it all off with some box wine instead. Whenever you can avoid it, it is better not to bring any type of glass with you on the boat, because there is much more risk of it falling and breaking, which is never a good idea when everyone is walking around barefoot. Also, if you plan to drink any alcohol while enjoying your boat rental, always follow the recommendations of your boat captain, because the last thing you want to do is get in any type of accident on the water.

How about Considering a Birthday Boat Rental?

For a really different experience this year, how about considering a birthday boat rental? You’ll probably want to bring a cake on board, as well as some candles to blow out! When selecting your birthday boat rental, think about how many friends you might be inviting to make sure there will be enough space for everyone on board. If you are planning a “blowout” on a birthday party boat rental, you may want to rent a catamaran, which is a large yacht with a lot of deck space. One event that might really warrant this type of thing is a bachelor party boat rental or a bachelorette party boat rental. Once again, if this is something you’d like to do, hire a boat captain to make sure that everyone can have fun without getting into too much trouble.

For a more intimate celebration, rent a sailboat instead and enjoy your special day with your partner. When you rent a sailboat, there is often not much you need to do if you select a lake that is calm. As long as you don’t experience heavy winds or stormy weather, it is easy to relax and enjoy the scenery when you rent a sailboat.

Planning Ahead is the Key

If you want to enjoy a really good meal when you rent a yacht, then you really need to be prepared. A large supply of towels is an excellent way to stay dry while enjoying brunch. The boat can get slippery when wet, so it is important for everybody to dry off properly while gathering around the meal. A spare pair of dry clothes is an excellent idea as well because it will help you feel far more comfortable on board.

Keep in mind that lots of regular activities are more difficult to do on a boat. Even when you are floating in calm waters, the boat will always sway slightly, so it is far better to prepare as much as you can before you get on the boat. You may not want to eat cold food, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to heat things up on the boat if they are already cooked. Meats like bacon or sausage tend to work well for this. If you want some vegetables to be part of your meal, we recommend chopping them up in advance to avoid the risk of a serious knife injury.

Enjoy Brunch on your Birthday Boat Rental

By following just a few of these recommendations about how to enjoy brunch on your birthday boat rental, you’ll realize that there really is no need to spend your day on the water just snacking on chips and beef jerky. The meal options are truly endless as long as you take a few minutes to think about the kinds of tasty meals you’d like to enjoy when you rent a yacht, and then make sure to bring all the ingredients you need. Check out the types of cooking equipment that might be included on your birthday boat rental so you can know what to bring before you get on board. Take a look at the video below for a few more really great ideas of things that you can bring on the boat for your own special brunch celebration.


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