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Old 18-01-2021, 10:00   #1
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Shore lunch in remote areas

Do you bring lunch ashore in remote areas where there are no services? Do you have a regular kit, menu, and method for doing so, or do you just put together whatever is at hand? Do you cook ashore or just bring picnic items?
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

I guess it depends on what you call a 'shore lunch'. That term is one I'm only familiar with in the yachting industry, where there is a crew to cater to the logistics.

We pack a cooler with sandwiches and drinks. Calling that a 'shore lunch' seems to be 'churching it up' a bit. Then again, we don't say we're 'going on a picnic' either.

Why bring all the food and things required to cook, when all that is already set-up on the boat? About the only thing even close to that is if a bunch of people are meeting on one boat for a Pot Luck.

Sitting on the beach while eating and staring at the boats is what land lubbers do. Sitting on the boat while eating and drinking and staring at the shoreline is what we do.
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Interesting. For generations my family has fished in lakes remote parts of Minnesota and Ontario in smaller boats (14'-16'). No crew, no guide, no yacht, but we stop and have lunch ashore on many of these trips rather than return to the cabin, campsite, or resort as the case may be. Usually cold food with hot beverages in insulated containers.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

Small soft cooler with whatever we're eating. If we're making a fire and hot food we usually bring some chairs and a small grill for over the fire (ones from your bbq work if big enough to span some logs or rocks. Foldable tables are nice as well for keeping things out of the sand and dirt. These setups also work well for dock parties (we also have a number of floating public docks as in no land access) Good place to have a gathering.
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Do you bring lunch ashore in remote areas where there are no services? Do you have a regular kit, menu, and method for doing so, or do you just put together whatever is at hand? Do you cook ashore or just bring picnic items?
Sure, sometimes. No specific kit. Just depends on what we're eating. I do carry our camp stove, but haven't used it in years. If we need to cook something we just start a fire (using the camp pots).

Can't say we do this often though. The boat is so much easier to cook in. But sure, sometimes...
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

This year we purchased a small collapsible wood fired grill. Packs up small and can cook 4 burgers/6 smokies or hotdogs.
So we usually bring that and a couple lawn chairs for a beach day.
It's the silver thing at the bottom of the pic. But I also love to cook, so for me its preferable to bringing a cold meal.Attachment 230629
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We usually forage along the beach at low-tide.
Then a beach-fire and grill.

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Interesting. For generations my family has fished in lakes remote parts of Minnesota and Ontario in smaller boats (14'-16'). No crew, no guide, no yacht, but we stop and have lunch ashore on many of these trips rather than return to the cabin, campsite, or resort as the case may be. Usually cold food with hot beverages in insulated containers.
We do the same thing when we're fishing in remote locations. In my narrow little mind I was thinking about two different things. Fishing all day in some remote region, then making a fire and eating a few of the fish seems much different. We do that in Alaska all the time.

When I'm in an anchorage, I don't pack up a bunch of stuff and head to the beach to cook. But then again, along a good portion of the Northeastern US, there are few opportunities that aren't an actual town or state beach, someone's yard ,or a bird sanctuary.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

The only time we've ever had shore lunches was when we were invited by locals.

Often, though, sundowners and shared snacks ashore, and the occasional "beach barbecue" type gathering, where everyone brings his/her own meat to cook, and share side dishes and/or desserty things.

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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

We like to do some kind of pasta salad. It's easy to prepare ahead, transport, and eat out of the container.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recip...-salad-recipe/

It's also really good for premade meals for passages so we don't have to deal with a rocking galley. We call it passage-salad
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

Mostly we would row ashore at marine parks with fire pits. Decades ago would use the wood on the beach, now we have to bring firewood, so firewood, hatchet, matches and smores makings most of the time for the kids, rarely a real meal.

Our quarterly weekend long camping trips with our club could involve up to 100 people going to a marine park only accessible by boat. Tents, awnings, footlockers full of cooking utensils, pots, pans, 3 large triple burner propane cookers, several charcoal grills, outdoor toys, musical instruments, etc. It was like an army unloading.

Made me think of one weekend when 3 National Guard landing craft hit the beach. Every one chock full of boy scouts. Non stop screaming and crashing through the brush all night long.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

There is usually plenty of driftwood to collect to make a fire but in case that is in short supply (or wet) i always carry one of those disposable Bar-B-Q's for a beach evening. Sure , all the convenient facilities exist onboard but that will have been done many times. It makes a change to have a Bar-B-Q on a sandy beach in the setting sun. Good memories.

No gas burners nor fancy kit. Just Nature.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

We sometimes go ashore and build a campfire on the beach during non fire ban days. Cook a few fresh fish and roast potatoes on the campfire. It's a nice change.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

Jammer we sure do, with kids its almost mandatory to bring along food and drinks unless you want the day cut short.
The other day for the first time ever I went back to the yacht cooked some toasted cheese and ham sandwiches and took them back to the beach. We have a stainless steel bucket that fits a dinner plate inside so I just loaded four plates with hot sandwiches and stacked them inside the bucket. Cooler (Esky) full of drinks and some potato chips and that kept us all happy until dinner time.
I could have cooked the sandwiches on the beach with a fire and love that fantasy. But realistically I have a good kitchen floating just of the beach so why not use it.
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Re: Shore lunch in remote areas

Very much depend on what we do. For hike or visit, we take sandwiches that we prepare before. Campfire on the beach is also great and always challenging with our little dinghy
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