The Boater's Cookbook

The Boater's Cookbook

450 Quick & Easy Galley-Tested Recipes

Sylvia Williams Dabney


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Eat well at every meal and enjoy the voyage.

Cooking on a small boat—sail or power—requires special attention few new boaters understand. Sylvia Williams Dabney is a longtime live-aboard sailor with more than sixty thousand offshore miles who understands the necessity of a well-stored pantry and loves collecting recipes from around the world. In The Boater’s Cookbook, Sylvia shares everything anyone needs to know about creating stunning meals in a small boat galley.

Readers will find a comprehensive list of what gadgets, gear, and supplies to bring and how to store them in limited space aboard a fully functioning yacht galley—whether it’s a twenty-seven-foot sailboat or a sixty-foot motor cruiser. Sylvia also offers up time-tested recipes by longtime sailors, and the stories that came along with them. Recipes are organized in accessible chapters:

  • Appetizers
  • Soups & Stews
  • Salads
  • Seafood
  • And Much, Much More!

  • Boaters with limited space and cramped galleys can enjoy every meal if they know the tricks acquired by Sylvia Williams Dabney and the boaters she has met over a lifetime of cruising.


    Sylvia Williams Dabney:
    Sylvia Williams Dabney has sailed sixty thousand offshore miles with her husband, Stanley, during their fifteen years of living aboard full time. She holds a 100 Ton USCG Master License and has been a charter captain in the Caribbean for more than eight years, entertaining and cooking for the thousands of guests who sail aboard their Valiant 40, Native Sun.