Caramel ApplesDo you love caramel apples but hate trying to eat them? Try it this way!  Hollow out your apples, (you can balance the apple halves in a muffin pan) fill will melted caramel, let the caramel harden and cut into slices! yummy!

Black Bean Burritos"A new flair on burritos, and actually they're just as good fried up all together as a side dish, and then put into a tortilla. This was a tasty surprise." — Victoria M.H. 
READY IN 40 mins
Original recipe makes 8 burritos  1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

MargaritaWhat to buy: All self-respecting margaritas are made with only 100 percent agave tequila (we like to use the high-quality Cuervo 1800, Patrón Silver, Herradura, or Don Julio) and Cointreau.
INGREDIENTS
    Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
    Ice
    1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
    1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Ultimat Blueberry MartiniThe Ultimat Blueberry Martini, along with The Patron Gold Cosmopolitan, will be featured cocktails at the pre-show party and at the Governors Ball during the 81st Academy Awards, and both are star-worthy cocktails. This one in particular is a fantastic mix of Ultimat, a very smooth, premium vodka, and fresh blueberries, which just happen to be in their prime this time of year.

One Skillet PaellaAnother one dish recipe because we boaters LOVE simplicity when it comes to creating tasty but low maintenance meals onboard.
This paella dish has great flavour, a terrific combination of textures and is easy to create.  Enjoy!

Seafood StewThis super-easy recipe is ideal for preparation in a galley because, as this post title suggests, it involves throwing everything into just one pot. LOVE that! And if you have a Le Creuset casserole pot or skillet then it is even more perfect for you:

Foil Grilled PotatoesWell here is the vegetable and the dessert.  All you have to figure out is what kind of meat or fish to grill alongside these two delectable and easy dishes...

Cruising Taters: Prick white baking potato or sweet potato in several places. Wrap in foil and cook over medium heat, turning often, for about 50 minutes. Top with 1 of the following: baked beans, canned mixed bean salad, antipasto, salsa, chive butter, sour cream, herbed cream cheese.

Pan Fried FishPan frying fish is, perhaps, the most delicious way to cook any non-fatty fish. The coating protects the flesh from direct heat and helps keep the fish moist, while also providing a browned and crispy or crunchy crust. Yet, the method avoids the large amount of oil (not to mention the mess) required for deep frying. The steps here show how to do a full three-step coating, but the basic idea can also be used to simply coat the fish once with flour to improve browning for pan fried fish. Whether you catch and fillet your own fish or buy them from a fish monger or at a fish counter, always cook with only the highest quality, impeccably handled fish. Look for firm, uniformly textured flesh and a clean smell of ocean, river, or lake. Fish should never smell fishy or have soft spots or bruising.

Bacon and Beer MusselsA hearty and easy one pot recipe for Entertaining On Board
Portion size: 12 servings of 4 mussels each
Serve with crusty bread for sopping up the juices. Choose a favourite local microbrew (wheat beer is best) for steaming, as well as serving alongside. This recipe doubles easily for a larger crowd.

1 Pan Skillet CookieThis huge, chocolatey cookie can be made in any galley and will keep the deck hands happy!  Mix up and bake a warm cookie, oozing with rivers of chocolate, all in one cast iron skillet.  First up, chop that chocolate bar. You can surely use chocolate chips if that’s all you have on hand, but I love the random and unequally-sized chocolate chunks strewn throughout the cookie. Also, using dark chocolate makes this healthy! Antioxidants my friends.

Destinations

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An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Boat Reviews

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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Marine Products

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