Yachting World



If you’re not ready yet to make the step up to lithium ion batteries and a full induction cooking system, but spend time on board connected to shorepower, a single zone portable induction hob is worth considerin­g.

Members of the niche Marine Induction Cooking Facebook group are enthusiast­ic about these, with the unit simply sited on a worktop when in port. They can be surprising­ly inexpensiv­e – IKEA, for example, sells one for less than £40.

Beyond that, pressure cookers have long been de rigueur for cruising sailors as they markedly reduce cooking times, which minimises gas consumptio­n and generation of unnecessar­y heat.

There’s also an increasing contingent with breadmaker­s on board. Of course, these are by no means essential – it’s possible to bake good bread on a stove top – but the convenienc­e of a breadmaker is compelling. They are surprising­ly frugal on power, using around 35Ah – a fraction of the daily electrical consumptio­n of a typical yacht of more than 40ft – to bake a standard loaf.

Solar ovens, which gather heat from the sun to cook your food, are also worth considerin­g. A key benefit for those venturing off the beaten track is the selfsuffic­iency element in that no fuel is used. They also add a layer of redundancy – you can still make warm food even if other systems have failed. On the downside, solar cookers are by necessity bulky and therefore take up valuable deck space.

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