I notice the temptation of some to assume that a cruising boat is merely a funny
form of a land house and that it has unlimited "kitchen" space, electricity and never gets shaken or thrown about.
All the wonderful and useful "newfangled devices" for assisting in the kitchen simply do not cross over to cruising boat use unless your cruising boat approaches the size of the "cruise ship." Cruising boats move - that is, even at anchor
the boat rocks and rolls and cooking with anything that is not bolted down or restrained by fiddles can be hazardous to your physical health
. You will notice on most cruising boats there is a "grab bar" running across and in front of the stove/oven so you can "hang on" for dear life should the boat rock, roll or list. Counter-top appliances
that are not permanently bolted down can be extreme hazards to you or your dinner when the boat starts rolling.
Then there is - space - There simply isn't any space to store and use these type items that take up serious amounts of "square units" of counter top. Most everything in a cruising boat is 3/4 size for a reason - no place to store or use the item.
The number of cooking wizard products is also limited by where are you going to put it when you are finished with it. Storage
space is at an extreme premium and what there is of it is used for "multi-function" or very basic types of food
Then you have the power requirements. Generally speaking, cruisers do not have access to "alternating current
- VAC" be it 120/240 60 Hz or 220 50Hz. Gensets are common only on the large end of the cruising boat spectrum. And they are noisy and require fuel
which can be expensive. If you look at the posted cruising/sailing boats under the member
names who list them - you will find boats in the 20-ish ft to 30-ish ft range most often with larger boats less prevalent.
The most common fuel
is propane/butane in tanks
which requires only a "match" to light and use. For those with "safety" on their minds there are 12VDC safety solenoid systems to turn on/off the gas should there be a leak or other problem. Cooking with electricity is pretty much restricted to the largest yachts or ships.
So, although it would be wonderful to have a "mega-sized" galley
with all the space and power to accommodate the latest and greatest kitchen appliances
, it just isn't realistic in the world of cruising boats and cruising folk. And finally, a lot of folk go cruising to get away from "new-fangled" and return to the "basic" lifestyle where you cook and bake the old simple way - like grandma or great-grandma did. Cooking "from scratch" is a lost
art and when you get into it - a very satisfying endeavor and way to prepare meals