I bought an excess of cheap white melamine plates and bowls a few years back expecting them to break, none have. A couple have gone over the side when we used a bucket for washing-up that the plates fitted into perfectly, a square or triangular bucket avoids that happening
I haven't had much luck with melamine mugs, they always seem to explode at some point when your pour in boiling water
to make instant coffee or tea.
I don't agree with dog bowls. I've been in plenty bouncy stuff and just don't see the need; my real issue with them is that they are difficult to hold (yes it's much easier to hold your bowl when it's bouncy). A moderate sized bowl that you can cup in your hand is better.
Somebody gave us a Le Cruset cast iron pot that we tool along anyway although thinking it would be too heavy. Turns out we use it a lot, great for stove-top baking. Great for slow cooking
when it's cold enough to have the heater
on it just sits on top with a stew or whatever.
We have a smaller anodized aluminium pressure cooker that is just fantastic, basically non-stick, which is used every day whether pressure cooking
or not. We have a bigger All American pressure canner and Kilner canning jars.
We never carry any stemware it's just too delicate. Wine, beer
, whatever is all served in tumblers. Got some Polynesian ones that have been on the boat
for well over 10 years that have all bounced several times - if I see any of those again I'll buy another half dozen.
I don't have them on my boat but have used the melamine ware from West Marine
(the stuff with a rubber ring around the bottom to stop is sliding around) on the charter
yachts that I have worked on and it is great.
Standard supermarket stainless steel knives and forks and an eclectic collection of knives, filleting, carving etc.. Opinel's chefs knives are great. Warthog knife sharpener to keep the edges keen.