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I was look­ing for some tips for BBQing on my boat in 13 Ways to En­sure BBQ Suc­cess (July 2017). I have a great grill at home that will get to 700 de­grees. But ev­ery time I grill on my boat, SeaQuinns, the wind is blow­ing 20 knots. When the wind is blow­ing my gas grill will take at least one hour to even get some­thing warm. It has holes in the top with no means of damp­en­ing them. I asked the man­u­fac­turer about this is­sue, and they said the grill is de­signed to have no damper be­cause it is gas. Has any­one solved the prob­lem of all the heat “blow­ing in the wind?”

— Cap­tain Kevin R. Quinn, Sa­van­nah, GA

Hi Cap­tain Kevin! We don’t ever re­mem­ber a time when we couldn’t grill be­cause it was too windy, and we like to grill al­most ev­ery night, rain or shine, wind or calm.

Aboard our Pass­port 37, Win­ter­lude, we had a rec­tan­gu­lar gas grill, I sus­pect from the same man­u­fac­turer. One of the rea­sons we chose the rec­tan­gle was the fact that the back end, but not the top, had open­ings. We didn’t men­tion the holes in the ar­ti­cle be­cause we never had an is­sue. While we were an­chored, the grill was on the stern rail of the boat, usu­ally down­wind. If it was ex­tremely windy, our cock­pit en­clo­sure, dodger and bi­mini helped to keep it shel­tered. Some­times we would also roll down the isin­glass pan­els for­ward to help block the wind as well. Ob­vi­ously, we made sure the grill flame couldn’t get any­where near the can­vas, isin­glass or screens. Grilling in a cross­wind could be more chal­leng­ing, but while in a ma­rina, the wind was usu­ally blocked suf­fi­ciently so that it wasn’t an is­sue. If you hap­pen to be cruis­ing in a chilly cli­mate, it could also have an im­pact. Cold and windy weather may cause a grill to heat more slowly. — Jan Irons

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