Boat eats

Definitive Guide to Boat Eats

Written by Boatsetter Team
July 29, 2021

Last Updated on January 13, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

It’s a beautiful sunny day, and you just set anchor off your favorite local island. Everyone is excited for a relaxing day on the water; what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon? A friend shouts from the bow, asking for a cold drink and a bite to eat. You hop down below deck, anxious to get the party started. You open up the cooler and stare blankly at a can of peanuts and a half-eaten bag of potato chips. Your face begins to flush as the embarrassment sets in. How could you forget to check the cooler before setting sail? What will everyone eat? Will your crew starve? Is the world ending?  Unfortunately, many boaters have experienced this nightmare first hand. Thankfully, Boatsetter is here to help. Whether sailing around Puget Sound or cruising up the Delaware River, this is the definitive guide to Boatsetter Eats.


boating snacks sandwich

Sausage Egg Rolls

egg rolls

These tasty breakfast sandwiches are easy to make and perfect for a morning on the water. Set aside 30 minutes in the morning to whip up a batch of these addicting rolls and chow down with the crew as you cruise out to your destination. It’s just as much time as you’d spend getting bagels, but you won’t have to worry about getting cream cheese everywhere.


Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

As New Englander’s know it, the lobster roll, or “lobstah” roll, is a summer staple across many regions of the country. It isn’t easy to find a more delicious or seasonally fitting sandwich than the lobster roll. While dozens of recipes exist, we suggest you give this one a shot. Throw in a few bags of chips, and you’ve got the perfect lunch for an afternoon on the water.


Salmon Burger

Foodies often equate salmon burgers to a slice of heaven. These delicious patties require a bit more preparation than our other suggested eats but don’t let that deter you. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, fresh salmon burgers offer a healthy alternative to traditional picnic sandwiches and will undoubtedly satisfy the stomachs of your crew.  Check out this recipe or go ahead and put your own spin on this super-burger.

Snacks & Salads

Chopped Salad


Chopped salad cups are about as simple as it gets. Take just a few minutes at home to make a large bowl of salad and fill up some cups/containers to toss in the cooler. This healthy, mess-free option will provide much-needed replenishment during a long day in the sun. Take a peek here for a list of tasty ingredients.

Summer Corn Salad

corn salad

This traditional cookout salad doubles as a perfect side dish for an afternoon on the boat. A cool, refreshing eat is the best way to counter a hot and humid summer day.  Give this recipe a shot. This simple dish can be prepared the night before and stays fresh for several days in a cooler/refrigerator.


Potato Salad

potato salad

Potato salad is a simple, delicious, and versatile summer side dish.  This tangy twist on the classic recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A hearty, refreshing dish that complements nearly all summer dishes well, packing a bowl of potato salad for a day on the water is a no-brainer.

Treats & Sweets


Banana Split Bites

You probably don’t associate banana split sundaes with boating. Well, you maybe you should. Watch this video and see how easy it is to make a batch of these addicting treats. What better way to end a long day on the water than with a bite-sized sundae stick? Be the hero of your next boating adventure and pack a cooler full of these irresistible sweets.


Homemade Ice Pops

ice pops

Ice Pops are the ultimate summer sweet, and no, they are not just for kids. Take a few minutes to read this article and see how you can prepare your own delicious, icy treats. A cooler filled with ice will keep these popsicles frozen for several hours on the water if they last that long…

Homemade Granola Bars

granola bars

Spending a full day on the water is exhausting. The sun and salt can wear you down and leave you feeling like a dried-up jellyfish after just a few hours.  Homemade granola bars are a great snack to pack for your next boating trip and help re-energize your crew. Fill your bars with protein-packed ingredients and never worry about boating fatigue again.

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