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Cooking meals safely on your boat.

Cooking on a boat is very different than cooking on land. You must know how to maneuver around the galley while the boat is moving. Even anchored in calm waters, unsuspecting waves can cause the boat to move erratically causing items to fall or spill. If you own a sailboat, installing a setup that is gimbaled means the stove and oven will rock counter to the boat's movement, helping to prevent hot pans from sliding and liquids from spilling as the boat heels.

Marine stoves use one of several combustible fuels or electricity to produce heat for cooking onboard. They require certain specifications in order to prevent fires and explosions from happening. To minimize the risk of this happening, cooking appliances must be firmly secured. It's a good idea for gimbaled cooking appliances to be secure at all angles of heel. Also, boat oven doors have a secure latch so they cannot be forced open if the boat does heel.

For detailed information about the different types of marine stoves and ovens and how to best select one for your boat, see our West Advisor article Stove Selection Advice.