Monday, October 29, 2012

Boat Galley: Give them the Slip

This week's Boat Galley includes tips for keeping things from slipping around on your boat...

Tips From The Boat Galley
By Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley, with over 350 FREE articles to get the most out of your boat kitchen with galley tips, insights & equipment recommendations. A few recipes, too - plus an active Facebook community to ask questions and share tips with other readers! The Boat Galley Cookbook, written with Jan Irons, is now available at Amazon and other retailers.

It’s happy hour, and your snacks just keep sliding back and forth across the table. GRRR! How do you make them stay put? (continue after the picture to find out!)

Non-slip bowl



Two Non-Slip Solutions

On any boat, things like to go sliding on tables and countertops - and even if counter and table lips prevent them from going on down to the floor, it's annoying. Sometimes you can buy products with nonslip bottoms. Other times, you can't find one that you want, the "marine" version is just too expensive or you just like something you already have, as was the case with our Corelle bowls.

Here are two ways to keep things from slip-sliding away...

Non-Slip Placemats

Non-slip placemats
West Marine carries a great line of inexpensive non-slip placemats ($2 each). While you still need drink holders for cups, they’re great for plates, bowls and even books.

They're also a good mat for playing cards, dominoes or dice games. With a couple of these on the table, playing pieces don't go sliding across the table, leaving you to wonder where they all went. And dice won't bounce off the table and through the cockpit grating.

As shown in the photo, these come in a variety of colors to match your decor. They're made of an open, rubber-y material that can be scrubbed and doesn't mold or mildew. I’ve looked for them in other stores, but never found ones that had non-slip surfaces on both the top and bottom.

Make Your Own Grippy Surfaces

... and the really nice part about this is that you've probably got all the supplies you need already on board (if not, you should)!

Simply smear a thin, even layer of silicone caulk on the surface that you want to be non-slip, such as the bottom of a plate or bowl. (I've also heard some people say they use rubber cement, but others have said that rubber cement tends to come off easier.)  A plastic putty knife works well for applying it.

Let the silicone dry without coming into contact with anything else. Now you have a nice rubberized non-slip item!

If you're doing this on dishes or something else that you'll wash frequently, use a little care when washing so as not to dislodge the silicone. It will last longest on surfaces that aren't glossy and slick, but if you've ever tried to get extra silicone caulk off a project after it's dried, you'll know that it's usually pretty hard to dislodge it.

About the Author

Carolyn Shearlock is author of The Boat Galley, with over 350 FREE articles to get the most out of your boat kitchen with galley tips, insights & equipment recommendations. A few recipes, too - plus an active Facebook community to ask questions and share tips with other readers! The print edition of The Boat Galley Cookbook, written with Jan Irons, is now available from Amazon and other retailers - electronic editions are coming but slightly delayed.


Photos by Carolyn Shearlock.

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