Entertaining is likely one of the main reasons you chose your Whaler. All that comfortable seating, smooth performance and open cockpit space are tempting reasons to invite the whole crew along. Of course, entertaining onboard brings certain challenges; you’re working in a much smaller kitchen than at home (or no galley at all!), and you’re on less stable footing than dry land.
But those minor obstacles pale in comparison to the delight of treating your family and friends to a day on the water. Below, a few suggestions to help your gatherings go smoothly:
Consider asking friends to bring a dish to share. Providing a theme (Tropical Island, Wine & Cheese, Taco Tuesday, etc.) can spark creativity and ensure complementary flavors. Remind them to use non-breakable dishware to prevent glass or china underfoot.
Inflatable tubes, pool noodles, floating mats, or even a floating trampoline or inflatable slide will coax kids and “big kids” alike into the water, effectively expanding your party venue.
As the owner, you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your boat. That means you should have the right safety equipment onboard, including a first-aid kit, and ensure all passengers have a life vest that fits.
Bring plenty of extra towels and sweatshirts to go around. Guests may not anticipate how chilly it can get after swimming or if the wind picks up, and will be grateful for a warm, dry layer.
The most important objective of any onboard gathering? Relax and have fun! Mother Nature is a pretty spectacular party planner all on her own.