This is the time of year many sailors wait for, as the waterways become a little less crowded, and the stifling days of summer give way to temperatures that are less extreme…at least until Old Man Winter comes in and takes our breath away with his icy biting wind.
As the temperatures cool down, it’s important to stay warm. Even when the days are pleasant enough to go out sans jacket, the nights can cool down quite a bit, so when you’re spending the evenings on your boat, here are 5 ways to stay warm on a boat.
Indoor propane heater
One of the quickest ways to warm up a cold room is with a heater, and this portable propane heater is a great way to get 100 square feet of space nice and toasty. All it requires is a 1lb propane cylinder and it should last you almost 6 hours. The great thing about this is that there is no propane smell, and should you accidentally kick it over, it’s got an automatic safety shutoff feature. Grab a few spare propane cylinders, and you can stay warm while at anchor or at a dock.
Easy One-Pot White Chicken Chili
One of our absolute favorite things about fall is the excuse to try out new chili recipes. Nothing says “warm and toasty” like a hot bowl of chili. This recipe is a special favorite, not just because it tastes delicious, but because it’s so easy to make.
1 can red kidney beans
1 can cannellini beans (white beans)
1 can black beans
1 small can corn
1 can Rotel (I like the original version, but you can get mild)
1 packet McCormick’s White Chicken Chili powder mix
1 lb chicken, diced
Chili powder or cayenne pepper if desired
Oil of choice (olive, coconut, grapeseed)
Dice up the chicken and toss into a chili pot along with a few tablespoons of oil. Heat until cooked throughout, then add beans, corn, Rotel, and McCormick’s chili mix. Add water to get desired consistency. Heat until warm. Add chili powder or cayenne pepper (or any other spice of choice) to taste.
*Note: This is spicy. Be careful not to add your pepper seasoning until after you’ve tasted it. It’s pretty spicy on it’s own, so you may not even need to add any additional heat to the mix!
Your Favorite “Spirit”
On those cold nights spent on the boat, treat yourself to an after-dinner cocktail to keep your spirits high and your insides warm. Whether you prefer a nice Malbec or you’re more of a Scotch guy, it’s a sure way to stay warm on those cold nights. And as a desperate last resort, you could always use your rum to make a signal fire should you ever get stranded on an island and need to be rescued. Just be prepared to do some explaining to Captain Jack Sparrow…
V Berth Blanket
Grab one of our universal boat blankets to help you stay warm on a boat this season!
Anyone who has lived on a boat, slept on a boat, or ever had to make the bed on a boat will tell you – normal bedding can be a total pain. The funny thing about v berths is that on the widest side, they are often the width of a queen sized bed. But get to the foot, and you’ve got just a couple of feet or so, which leaves a ton of extra material to have to tuck in. Our universal v-berth blankets solve that problem by giving you a blanket that’s the shape of your bed.
Not only that, they are super warm, look great, and come in several colors, so you’re guaranteed to find one that matches your decor.
And, for a LIMITED TIME ONLY (until Friday, Sept. 25th), you can use coupon code BLANKET20 to get $20 off the regular price. These go like hotcakes this season, so you’ll want to snatch yours up quickly.
Snuggle Up with Someone You Love
So you’ve got your heater going, you’ve finished a nice, spicy bowl of chili, and you’re wrapped in your new boat blanket, sipping on your finest Brandy. How could it possibly get any better (or warmer) than this? It can if you heat things up the old fashioned way – by snuggling up with someone you love! Grabbing your partner and generate some real heat to make those cold nights a lot more warm (and fun).
What’s your favorite way to stay warm on a boat when it’s cold outside? Let us know in the comments below!