Grill & Chill: Your Guide To Grilling On A Boat This Summer

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It’s almost time to break out the grill and hit the water for some fun in the sun.


With the right boat, you can create the ultimate grilling on a boat experience while enjoying the tranquility of the water.

If you’re new to grilling on your Skiff, you might feel intimidated. Fear not! With the right boat, you can create the ultimate cookout experience while enjoying the tranquility of the water. And that’s where Carolina Skiff boats come in. Skiffs are the ultimate choice for anyone looking to combine their love of boating with their passion for cooking, boasting excellent stability, spacious decks, and the perfect platform for grilling on the water.

Let’s discuss some quick tips for grilling on boats. So grab your grill tongs and prepare to make a splash with your next cookout on board a Carolina Skiff boat!

1 | Safety

Safety is the vibe. When grilling on a boat, safety should be your top priority. First, you can keep a working fire extinguisher on board in case of emergencies, and second, you know how to use it before you begin cooking. It’s also important to stay alert and closely monitor the grill at all times. Never leave a lit grill unattended.

Lastly, be aware of any local regulations or restrictions that may apply to grilling on the water. Taking these precautions allows you to enjoy a safe and stress-free grilling experience on your boat.


2 | Stability

Choose a stable boat that has a flat-bottomed hull, like a Carolina Skiff, for safe and successful grilling on a boat. You want to ensure your boat is stable enough to handle the weight of the grill and any food you’ll be cooking. Make sure your grill is securely fastened to the boat’s deck to prevent it from moving or tipping over during cooking. You can use bungee cords or straps to secure the grill to the boat.


3 | Wind

Wind can be a big challenge when grilling on a boat, and it can cause the flames to flare up, blow ash and debris onto the deck, and make it difficult to control the temperature. Use a windscreen to protect the grill and your food.


4 | Space

Make sure you have enough space on your boat’s deck to set up the grill and move around comfortably while cooking. A spacious deck like those on Carolina Skiff boats provides plenty of room for grilling and entertaining.


5 | Fuel

Choose the right fuel for your grill. While charcoal grills provide a more authentic grilling experience, they are not the best choice for grilling onboard due to messiness and lack of safety. Propane grills are popular for their convenience and ease of use, and electric grills are excellent choices if you have a reliable generator. Electric grills are also widely accepted at marinas since they are not an open fire source. 

Consider the size and weight of your fuel source and any local regulations or restrictions regarding fuel use on the water.


6 | Food

Keep it simple by choosing easy-to-cook foods! Pick things that require very little preparation and avoid cooking complex dishes that require a lot of time and attention. And always properly clean and store any leftover food to avoid attracting wildlife.


With the right boat, you can create the ultimate grilling on a boat experience while enjoying the tranquility of the water.

No Stress, No Mess: Quickstart Guide For Grilling On A Boat

After you’ve considered everything discussed above and found the right grill for your Skiff, it’s time to talk about the actual BBQ process.


Prepare the grill: If you’re using a charcoal grill, heat the grill by lighting the char earlier. If you’re using a propane grill, ensure enough fuel to last the entire cooking session. And if you’ve gone electric, plug that grill in and get started. Adjust the temperature of the grill as necessary.


Start cooking: Once the grill is hot, add your food and start cooking. With the meat selected and ready to go, ensuring it cooks evenly is vital. Cooking temps may vary depending on the cut. 


Be sure to keep a close eye on the internal heat to make sure it’s cooked to perfection. For optimal results, aim for a center temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Enjoy your meal: Step away from the grill and allow your food to cool down – this will give you and your guests ample time to set a welcoming table. Remember to tidy up after yourself and properly store any leftovers. 


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About Carolina Skiff:

Carolina Skiff offers a variety of boat models that are perfect for grilling on the water, depending on your specific needs and preferences. Some of the models include:


Carolina Skiff 17 LS : This model is spacious and has a wide beam, which makes it great for grilling and entertaining. 


Carolina Skiff 19 SWS: Designed for shallow-water fishing but also makes an excellent boat for grilling, the 19 SWS has a wide beam and a stable hull, which makes it suitable for setting up a grill on the deck.


Carolina Skiff 192 JLS: Boasting a spacious deck and a versatile layout, the 21 UE is excellent for BBQ and fun. 


All models offer a stable hull that can handle the weight of a grill and provide a smooth ride on the water.


At Carolina Skiff, building one of the best quality boats for a great price has always been our goal. Whether you’re looking for a pleasure boat, fishing boat, or runabout boat, Carolina Skiff delivers the most in value, quality, and style. Find a Carolina Skiff dealer near you today!