Hi, all. I am close to completing the deal on a Catalina 30. As I hope to weekend in the Channel Islands off of California, I need some advice as to what BBQ to buy. I might add that the boat already has CNG for the galley, and I think I might add a quick-connect coupling for the BBQ. So, any favorite models? How about optimum mounting sites? Please give me your opinions and reason why.
Thanks again for the great advice.
Well Mr. Gibson, great boat choice! I like your movies even more now. You are obviously a very smart actor and have exquisite taste. Don't let any of these loser sailors on here tell you different. If they do, just let me know and I will: photoshop them, ban them, humiliate them, or all three above. Second thought, I will just do all three. No stone left unturned...
Now to your question,
I have found the best cooking BBQ to be the Magma Catalina - or knock-off. I do not think it has ever blown out on me - a real problem with sailboats. The problem is that it is a bit difficult to remove or take to shore. As such, I also have the Magma Kettle. It comes with a stand that you can take to shore and have a BBQ on the beach. Lot's of fun with kids. However, the kettle has a spot right in the middle that is hotter than the sun and tends to burn things. As such, I cook small meals on it and avoid the center.
The worst BBQ I have ever blown up (sorry, I mean had) was a Force 10. It always wanted to go out - even with every orifice stuffed with foil. Maybe they have improved them over the years, but after the last alcohol induced explosion, I have decided they are not for me.
You will want to mount the BBQ on the stern rail, if possible. This will have the least wind. You "can" mount it on the side, but you will always be fighting the wind while grilling. They make rail mount kits for all of these grills. They are easily available.
Now, go pull out the CCard, chicken, and get to grillin' on one of the best made (and best make) of boats available to mankind. And avoid any Portugese advice. He would not know a grill if he burnt himself on it.