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Thermal Cooking Is a Great Option for Cooking Onboard

Thermal Cooking Is a Great Option for Cooking Onboard

The humble vacuum flask, or thermos, is one of those 19th century technologies that has withstood the tests of time. Originally a delicate, double-walled,...

Lessons Learned: Onboard Thermal Cooking

There is a learning curve when using retained-heat cooking. Here are a few of the lessons we learned during testing.

Slow(er) Cooking On Board

Staples of the modern home kitchen, Crock-Pots and rice cookers are time-savers, enabling chefs to prepare long-cooking meals without tending the stove for hours. But theres another way to slow-cook foods, one thats easily portable and doesn't require a constant electrical source: retained-heat cooking.

Mailport: September 2021

MULTIHULL MADNESS Regarding your report on the rising popularity of multihulls (see PS March 2017, “Multihull Madness”), when the wind speed doubles, the force and...

Thermos Thermal Cooker Review

Practical Sailor contributor Jonathan Neeves-a bluewater cruiser living aboard his Lightwave 38 catamaran in Australia-has used thermal cookers for 30 years and says that he would never sail without one. In this article, Neeves reviews the Thermos-brand thermal cookers that he uses on board for cooking stews, casseroles, soups, desserts, and other dishes. The thermal cooker is a large, stainless vacuum flask containing one or two fitted saucepans. The insulation traps the heat in the food and uses it as the heat source for cooking the dishes. Using thermal cooker saves cooking-fuel (or power) and allows sailors to safely cook a meal while underway-without constant stovetending or worry over spilled pots-even in foul weather, when slaving over a galley stove can prove challenging and dangerous.

Onboard Amenities

Most of us have low expectations of Velcro type products, especially for onboard uses, so PS testers set out in the April 2016 issue to find out whether any of them actually work.

Aussie Grills Like It Hot

In June of 2006 Practical Sailor looked at six propane marine barbecue grills from four manufacturers. Two high-end Australian barbecue grills have come to our attention since that test: The Sovereign Bravo BBQ and the Galleymate 1100. We took a close look at these grills and then pitted them in a cook-off against the winner of the June 2006, the Magma Catalina. Both Aussie grills have an optional grill face that is part grill and part flat plate, or griddle. The grill plates are machined from large sheets of corrosion-resistant steel. Both Aussie grills offer excellent wind protection and both come with an impressively large range of both rail and deck mountings. Both grills are made from 316 stainless steel, nearly twice as thick as the Catalinas 304 grade stainless steel.

The Boiling Point: Five-Way Single-burner Galley Stove Test

Stand-alone stoves are a fine way to keep things simple. Here are five models, burning three fuels.

Practical Sailor Editors Holiday Wishlist

The holiday gift-giving season has arrived! And this year, instead of offering a rundown of nautical gift ideas, we asked our editors and writers to sort through the hundreds of products weve tested and find the sailing goodies theyd most like to unwrap this holiday. Editors gift picks ranged from Nigel Calders best-selling boat owners manual and a must-have toolbag to a Magma grill, a VHF radio, galley essentials, and sailing apparel.

Last-minute Gift Ideas

Searching for last-minute gifts? Check out this roundup of giftable goodies.