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On the Water Grilling


Grilling isn't just for the backyard. Treat your guests to a hot meal onboard using these boat grilling tips.


Many of Grady-White's models have a grill option, which gives you terrific flexibility. But if you don't have one built in there are a variety of grills that are manufactured specifically for marine use. Marine grills are designed to address the nuances that come with grilling on the water. For example, how are you going to secure the grill on the boat? Marine grills have mounting brackets that attach to railings, or poles that can be placed in rod holders. Also, think about the fuel you'll be using and where you will store it when it's not in use. Remember that gas should not be stored below deck.  


Here's a look at the different grill options and what you might want to think about before making your purchase.


  • Charcoal - The drawbacks you'll want to consider before purchasing a charcoal grill for your boat are as follows. First, it can be challenging to get a fire started in windy conditions, which often occurs on the water. Second, there's no way to turn them off quickly if the need arises. Plus, it takes more room to store charcoal, and they can be hard to clean.
  • Gas - This option is easier to light but it can be hard to keep them burning in a strong wind. However, regulating temperature and managing clean-up is easier.
  • Electric - An electric grill is a good choice and eliminates most problems noted above - however, a source for the electricity is necessary. So, if you're not at the dock, you must have a generator.


Safety Measures


  • Always grill above the deck in an open area.
  • Be sure the grill is secure before you light it. If it is not mounted or placed in a rod holder, is there something that will prevent it from sliding if a wave or wake comes?
  • To prevent burns, be sure the grill is not being used in an area where people can easily come in contact with its surface. Think about its proximity to your boat's fire extinguisher so you can get to it easily if needed. Remember that the grill will be hot for a period of time after you've finished cooking and will need to stay where it is until it has cooled off.
  • Stay with the grill at all times and have something beside you that you can use to douse the flames if you have a flare up.  
  • Follow the same safety measures you use when grilling at home. Have the proper equipment for turning and removing the food, and don't wear baggy clothing that can get blown into the flames.