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Offshore Dishware

June 6, 2016

When we first left civilization in 2002, we brought with us what we considered "nifty" little containers for eating in while underway. Sort of like these, only MUCH more expensive. You know, Tupperware. The theory was that we could eat out of them on deck on watch, and then when we had to reef, trim, furl, or otherwise work, we could put on the lid, do our thing, and our food wouldn't be all over the place. They had little compartments so our peas wouldn't be mixed up with our potatoes while they awaited our return. There were 5 of us, so we bought 5 of them. I think there are still 2 around here somewhere, filled with craft miscellanea, and other assorted junk. They never got used much for their intended purpose because they were big, the lids were larger than the container so if you set it down next to something you were likely to pop it off, and frankly, the only eating we usually do offshore is either with our fingers or out of a bowl. Even beans and rice is easier to eat out of a bowl than a plate. Even if said plate has a lid.

So for over a decade we dealt with the shallow bowls that came with our enamel dishware set. We put non-skid on the bottom of them, so they didn't slide across the cockpit, table, or counter, but we had no way of stopping the sloshing contents. Honestly, we didn't really put our minds to fixing the problem, either. It wasn't really a priority.

Then we were suddenly two instead of five. Now every reef, every furl, every tack, every trip, every everything was done by one of us. No longer could we knock on the side of the cockpit seat and have our oldest son stumble up the companionway, slipping into his harnass as he asked, "You want one tucked in or shaken out?" A lot changed when we became empty-boaters, and we found that issues that never bothered us before became a priority. Food was at the top of that list.

While provisioning for our jaunt back to the Caribbean, Dave suggested we wander through the cookware section to look for a solution to our "keep the food in the bowl" problem. And there they were. The perfect container for most of our offshore meals. Bowls that are deep enough so that nothing sloshes out, with lids that close positively enough that even soup doesn't leak out. We put some non-skid on the bottom and they were perfect. Almost. Their one drawback is that they are Corningware so they will break. They never would have survived our three boys. But they have proven their break-resistance enough that we are still pleased. Though obviously perfect for soup, we also eat beans and rice, pasta, snacks, nearly everything that sustains us while offshore out of these bowls.

Everyone has their favorite means of keeping food warm while keeping the eater safe and the floor clean while offshore. It may have taken us 14 years to find ours, but for us, they're perfect. What do you eat out of while on watches offshore? Please share at the Contact Us link above or on our Facebook page.

MONDAY we'll add a little humor to the anchoring/dragging discussion.


Connie McBride's work has been published in Good Old Boat, Sail Magazine, Small Craft Advisor, Cruising World, All at Sea, and Blue Water Sailing. As a full-time liveaboard cruiser for over 15 years, she has written several books and in her spare time, well, who has spare time?

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