Thanksgiving on your Boat

By November 18, 2020November 2nd, 2023Captain's Tips
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Boaters have the most to be thankful for on Thanksgiving and every day. That’s why it’s such a great idea to host Thanksgiving on your boat. Because everything is better on the water!

The crew at Snag-A-Slip knows the secrets for hosting a Thanksgiving to remember on your boat. But before we do that, just in case you need a reminder, we want to share the top four things boaters are most thankful for. We know there are way more than four, but these are the ones we hear all the time.


Fall Traditional Pies | Credit Elena Veselova on Shutterstock

Top four things boaters are thankful for:

  • Boat Therapy – Time on your boat recharges your battery. It sets your compass straight in a way therapy never could.
  • Family Time – Your boat gives you a reason to get together with the people you love. In our hectic world, your boat means tubing with the kids, fishing with friends and even romantic time with your partner (Co-captain?).
  • Boating Friends – Boating brings people together. People of all ages and all walks of life share the love of boating, and with it a very special kind of community and friendship.
  • Safer and Smarter Boats – Boat builders today are building boats that are safer for all ages and abilities – from little ones to grandparents, to the physically challenged, everyone can join in. Plus, there’s new technology that allows you to turn the lights on and off from your Smart Phone, and alerts you to upcoming maintenance before something goes awry.

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving on Your Boat

Keep It Small

The best way to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner on a boat is to keep your guest list small to avoid crowding. Even better if you can keep it outdoors. For example, the cockpit or flybridge of a midsize boat is perfect for dinner for four to six people.

Dinner on the deck of a yacht | Credit Dreamer Company on Shutterstock

Outdoor Is The New Indoor

Enjoy your boat’s outdoor space and captivating views. Turn up the festive by adding strings of lights or holiday throw pillows. From simple and cheerful to absolutely overboard, your celebration can be as unique as you are. 

Plan Ahead

Plan your entire meal ahead of time. You may even want to meal prep so all you need to do is heat up. Don’t worry about making it too fancy. It’s the people around the table that make Thanksgiving, not the food on it. If need be, go for turkey sandwiches and hand-held apple pies. We don’t think there will be a single complaint. If there is, you can make them walk the plank!

Experience Gratitude

Remember to take time to bask in the gratitude you’ll feel, celebrating Thanksgiving in a new way with those you love – or like enough to invite aboard. After all, everything is better on a boat, and celebrating any holiday on the water is pretty nifty.

Choose A Location

Cruising the waters close to home, or even just docked at your favorite marina, will bring you joy. But, if you’re thinking about a destination Thanksgiving, secure your slip with our interactive map.  

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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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