altThe Galley Guys have an idea, take out a sharpie and draw a big large circle on your calendar around October 10th, 2011, Thanksgiving Day. Consider this circle a waypoint for your boating season. Maybe even draw an arrow pointing to the circle as a statement that you are taking full measure of both the joy and beauty of your boat and the aboard companionship of friends and family.

Many of our friends consider the passing of Labour Day as the hard stop of the season and resign themselves to shutting down for the winter. It is time to fight the pain of a long drawn out "not boating season” by concentrating on food and friends, rather than hauling-out, shrink-wrapping and pouting. If you're concerned about the chill in the air, get some better gear, think about having a furnace installed on your boat, get a thicker duvet or snuggle closer together. But don’t miss the beautiful fall colours, the chevron flight of migrating geese passing over head or the freshness of autumn air. The Galley Guys are fully committed to fall boating and have marked a circle on Thanksgiving Day for a special meal.

Galley Guy's Five Steps for a Great Boating Thanksgiving Dinner

#1 The first thing to do is to invite family or friends or both for a special Thanksgiving dinner on your boat, make home-made invitations and send them to your guests. Now that you are committed, Step 2!

#2 Design your menu: turkey breast (maybe two), vegetables, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie or that special family tradition dessert that has been passed down through your family's history.

#3 Find a pretty favourite spot to anchor so as to admire the view.

#4 Decorate your boat. Lay out some Indian corn, colourful leaf arrangements, a cornucopia, gourds, and the warm glow of container candles that will make whatever you choose for dinner seem much more festive. If you lay down a nice white tablecloth and napkins with a centre piece of fresh fall flowers, you can be almost as classy as the Galley Guys are.

5# Take pictures of your boat full of friends with a backdrop of some spectacular fall foliage and enjoy!

For number one, three, four and five, you are on your own, but the Galley Guys can help with number two: the menu. Our suggestion is to keep it simple. On our last floating Thanksgiving dinner, we chose a turkey breast over a full bird as it took minimal preparation and fit nicely on the marine barbeque. Start with a turkey breast, locally grown (recommended), hand rub with olive oil and add spices (parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme – just like the Simon and Garfunkel song). BBQ for 20 minutes per pound at a medium to hot temperature. A meat thermometer is really important as BBQs are not as accurate as home stoves and guessing is not an option when guest are coming; internal temperature of 170° F – 180° F will do nicely.

The fall is especially rich with local farmer’s markets everywhere, great locally gown vegetables, savoury herbs and spices. Those once a year flavours like parsnips and turnips can be also be done on the grill. Galley Guy John insisted that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. Boiling and mashing potatoes is easily done or but if you're tight on time space, dare I say take the easy way with a box of instant mashed potatoes (substitute cream for milk for a smoother and richer version). It is surprising how good they taste with lots of gravy and pepper. (You could also prepare the potatoes ahead of time and just heat up in the microwave. Either way, turkey gravy is mandatory but impossible, as is stuffing, when grilling only a turkey breast, so we picked them right off the grocer’s shelf. We jazzed them up with some more seasonings, fried onions, mushrooms and garlic. Greaves make a wonderful jar of cranberries which tasted as if they were almost fresh. Our acorn squash was cooked in
the microwave, but is also very tasty if cooked on the BBQ’s top shelf, or oven with a little salt, pepper, and butter. Bring a pumpkin pie from home or buy one at the market stall. We must confess the Galley Guys took the easy way out and brought whipped cream (in a can) to round out the meal as we didn’t have any beaters on board. Next year!

To take the chill out of the evening air, the Galley Guy's sniffed a little Johnny Walker Black floowed by a beautiful bottle of California Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon – - a personal Galley Guy favourite – to complement the meal .

Thanksgiving Dinner On Board

1 (approximately 3-pound) turkey breast with bone

3/4 teaspoon salt - divided use

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper - divided use

1 cup barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar

2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon brown mustard

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Rub turkey with olive oil then sprinkle turkey breast evenly with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Place turkey, breast-side down, on prepared grill. Cook to a golden brown, turning to sear all sides, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well.

Baste entire surface of turkey with sauce. Continue grilling, allowing surface to caramelize and turn deep golden brown, but without burning, about 15 minutes.

Remove breast from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil, sealing all sides. Return to grill until turkey has reached an internal temperature of 170° to 175°F (approximately 80°C), about 45 minutes. Remove from grill and let sit for 10 minutes before carving.

Makes 12 servings.

By Galley Guys Andy Adams, John Armstrong and Greg Nicoll

This picture speaks to the essence of Paul Elvstrom, probably the most talented, driven and competitive sailor of his generation. Happy with his boat on the water and always competing.
Eleven marinas—all members of Georgia ...
December first at the Boulevard Club was a ...
CPS-ECP is offering instructor led, online ...
This CY Onboard feature celebrates your photos. A ...
Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering Limited has ...

Destinations

  • Prev
The 81 boats in the 2016 Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association Fall Caribbean Rally fleet arrived ...
You've all heard of the “Backpacker's Guide to Europe” and the “Hitchhiker's ...
We were cruising for two weeks in Gwaii Haanas. Spread out among three boats, (a Campion, a ...
When we (an Ontario couple) both raised sailing on the Great Lakes and Lake Simcoe,  decided to ...
I was ruined...completely and utterly ruined. At the young age of 22, my very first trip to the ...

Millennial's Charter in the BVI's

By Clarity Nicoll

Vacation of a lifetime in the BVI’s

You've all heard of the “Backpacker's Guide to Europe” and the “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”. Well then, consider this the ”Millennial's Guide to Chartering”. Millennial's chartering? Madness you say! I say otherwise. Now, I can't speak for everyone in my generation, but I know that for the most part we are action seekers, relaxation experts, adrenaline junkies, food lovers, cocktail savvy, adventure hungry and looking for some awesome pictures to put on our Instagram accounts.

Read more of the Millennial's...

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
This picture speaks to the essence of Paul Elvstrom, probably the most talented, driven and ...
This CY Onboard feature celebrates your photos. A wonderful crop this week. The plan was to publish ...
In 1801, an enterprising Loyalist and British Army officer, Colonel Samuel Bois Smith, was granted ...
It was in one of the lakes, at mile 379, that Adamant lost her transmission. One moment we were ...
On the often overlooked yet welcoming shores of the Strait of Canso the Mulgrave Marine Park is in ...
Nova Scotia's majestic coastline is often popularized by such great harbours, cove and bays that go ...
For centuries the lure of the west coast brought settlers, immigrants, migrant workers, gold ...
As summer becomes a distant memory, see if you can close your eyes and recall those glorious days ...

Lakeshore Yacht Club

By Katherine Stone

From main dock with retired committee boat on the left and the new Lakeshore Lady on the right.

In 1801, an enterprising Loyalist and British Army officer, Colonel Samuel Bois Smith, was granted 1,000 acres of land south of what is now Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke.Fast-forward to the end of the century and this tract of land would be occupied by the newly constructed Mimico Lunatic Asylum, to be renamed the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital,which closed in 1979. 

Read more about Lakeshore Yacht Club.....

 

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering Limited has been in business since 1891 surviving two world wars, ...
The Chris-Craft Scorpion 210F is a sport boat with a unique combination of a midship motor and an ...
There must be a healthy market for the perfect 30-foot cruiser/racer – the boat that combines ...
At the last Miami International Boat Show, we had the pleasure of interviewing Delphine Andre, ...
In today's world marketplace choices abound. In some way, every manufacturer tries to make their ...
If you followed the drama of the 1998-99 Around Alone race with its host of mast failures, rudder ...
With a berth in a location such as Swan's Marine in Frenchman's Bay, in Pickering Ontario, and the ...

Beneteau GT 35Andy Adams

Great performance in a versatile, modern design

For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau’s broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on competitor to the North American built express cruisers and the latest day boats that are coming on the market.

The GT35 has the style and amenities to match the best new designs in it’s size range, the stern drive power to deliver exhilarating high speed performance plus, it still adds in an overtone of Euro style.

Read more: Beneteau GT 35...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
In this second of three parts, we will explore preparing for a longer cruise from the people side. ...
Informed estimates are that barely 10% of Canadian pleasure craft have underwater lighting but in ...
Comfort and convenience are important factors both to keep boaters enjoying boating as well as to ...
Sunshine flooded the waters separating California’s Catalina Island from Channel Islands Harbor, ...
Winterizing your boat in the fall is important and may be a daunting task for some boat owners.  ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
While many boat owners simply choose not to venture out after dark, there are occasions when you ...
Vidas Stukas of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club has always experimented with his sail boats to ...
In the December issue of Canadian Yachting, we review the new Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius. Cruisers ...
I must admit my bias upfront to this book review; it’s a book I devoured and read cover to ...
The Hanse 315 e-motion rudder drive, which revolutionizes the way sailing yachts are propelled.
Always a major exhibitor at the Halifax International Boat Show, Seamaster’s sales manager ...
STEREOACTIVE is the world’s first purpose-built, portable, IPx7 waterproof, floating, ...
Esthec® introduces a special concept: luminous decking material. Solar energy that has been ...
The SEVENTY 7, Lagoon’s new flagship, will be exhibited for its world premiere at the Cannes ...
Neptunus Yachts delivers another new custom built 625 MotorYacht to an experienced Ontario ...

Seamasters Inflatables

Always a major exhibitor at the Halifax International Boat Show, Seamaster’s sales manager Dave Trott tells us they will have several news products on display including the new Stingray 206cc and the 186cc.

Seamaster Services of Dartmouth is a diversified company with roots in the marine safety business. Over the years they have expanded from liferafts to inflatable boats, as a Zodiac dealers, and now sell and service an extensive line of fibreglass and inflatable boats including Grady-White and Stingray.

Read more about Seamasters....