One of the most entertaining things to do while out on a boat is grilling up food. I have had the opportunity to grill aboard boats countless times, and it’s always a fun experience. The opportunity to cook fresh hot food on a cruiser, center console, or pontoon boats shouldn’t be passed up on. However, it is important to know what to bring and how to grill safely. Here are boat grilling tips for beginners. 

Safety Considerations When Grilling On A Boat

One of the biggest factors of grilling on a boat is keeping safety in mind. Avoiding fire is of the utmost importance. However, in addition to fires, there are other considerations when grilling on a boat. 

Prevent Fires

As a former captain, I know a lot about fire prevention. One of the biggest fears of captains and engineers is fires onboard boats. Unfortunately, they spread at a rapid rate and often engulf a boat quickly. 

For this reason, it is imperative to avoid the boat from catching fire while grilling. You don’t want to have to abandon the vessel and end up in the water. 

First, pay close attention to the wind; you don’t want flames coming in contact with flammable objects that are driven by wind. Secondly, don’t let the hot grill touch hot plastic or combustible components. Lastly, make sure that the gas is properly connected to the grill. Gas leaks must be avoided. 

Make Sure The Grill Is Mounted Properly

Mounting grills aboard boats can present a challenge. For the most part, grills are connected via rod holder mounts or permanently affixed to railings. 

No matter where it is connected, the grill must be held firmly in place. This includes withstanding impacts from waves while the boat is at rest or while moving. 

Remember, you don’t want the grill to come loose while it is hot. Furthermore, you don’t want to lose out on your investment if it ends up overboard. 

Avoid Coming In Contact With The Grill

Again, boats are subject to constant rocking and rolling as a result of waves and wakes. With that said, you don’t want to get tossed into a hot grill. 

For the most part, passengers are wearing bathing suits, which makes you prone to your skin coming in direct contact with the hot components. 

Furthermore, advise kids to stay well clear of the grill. Treating a burn on the boat is never a fun experience. 

Prepare Food For Grilling In Advance

While you’re out on the water, you don’t want to take the time to cut up meats, vegetables, fruits, and more. For this reason, all preparations for grilling should be done at home. 

Marinate Or Prepare The Meat For Grilling

Your time on the boat should be enjoyed socializing and relaxing in the sun. In order to accomplish this, form the burgers, marinate the meat, or prepare the fish to be placed on the grill ahead of time. 

Trust me, you’re going to find it challenging to prepare meats and fish while on the boat. Avoid lugging extra cooking marinades and supplies when it can all be done at home. 

Cut And Build The Skewer Sticks

We can go well beyond skewers, but skewers are a good example of understanding preparing sides before going boating. 

No matter if you are grilling potatoes, asparagus, kabobs, or anything else, have them fully ready to place on the grill. 

I always liked to prepare at home because it allowed me to think of all of the necessary items to pack for the trip. Once I was onboard, I was ready to cook on my Magma Grill.

Don’tDon’t Forget To Prepare The Condiments

Whether it be ketchup or making a homemade sauce to go along with your meal; it is imperative to pack the condiments. 

When you’re loading the cooler with drinks, find a location to place condiments and sauces that need to remain cold. However, ensure that they will not tip and spill. Remember, a meat or vegetable without the proper sauce or condiment will be far less enjoyable. 

Lastly, don’t overpack. You don’t need to empty the entire refrigerator to meet everyone’s needs. Instead, bring a couple of options, such as ketchup and mustard, compared to pickles, relish, mayo, and more. 

Boat Grilling Is A Fun Experience

Again, I can tell you from my personal experience that grilling aboard a boat is fun and exciting. Keep in mind that safety is number one because you don’t want to cause an onboard fire. Remember to mix up the meal options with each trip so you will always have a different experience.