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Boat Fender Buying Tips

Buy the right size and style fender to protect your boat.

While you shouldn’t be that guy cruising down the lake or ­Intracoastal Waterway with your fenders flapping for all to see, you should invest in the fenders that are best suited to protect your boat. Here’s what to look for in two different kinds of fenders and whether they are right for you.

Cylinder Fenders
Traditional cylinder fenders are the most popular style available for boats of all shapes and sizes. What size should you get? West Marine recommends fenders with 1 inch of diameter per 4 to 5 feet of boat length. So, a 20- to 25-foot boat should use at least 6-inch fenders; a 25- to 35-foot boat should use 8-inch fenders. Of course, the bigger the diameter, the more protection there will be between the hull and the dock, so get the biggest fenders you can stow. Cylinder fenders can be hung two ways. Horizontal hanging is best when pulling up side-to at a dock or pier. Horizontal hangings work best for sections of the boat that will potentially rub up against exposed pilings.

Ball Fenders
Ball fenders are ideal for larger boats because, when properly inflated, they are harder to crush on impact. They are also better for boats with a lot of bow flare because they are wide enough to keep the lower hull sides from hitting the dock. The caveat? If left inflated, they take up more space, which makes them better for boats with large stowage capacities. What size should you get? For round fenders, West Marine recommends 2 inches of diameter for every 4 to 5 feet of boat length. So, a boat in the 30- to 35-foot range should use 21-inch-diameter ball fenders; a boat with a length overall of 50 feet or longer should use the larger 27-inch size.

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Welcome to Galleycook Blog

Homepage_splashRecipes for Food & Drink and Entertaining Onboard.
Getting the Galley ready for that big trip or weekend adventure.
Decorating and Makeovers for Power & Sail 25ft to 50ft.
Ideas That Actually Work! Silverton Boat Tested

Pressure Cooker

Don’t overlook the usefulness of a pressure cooker onboard. Pressure cookers come in an assortment of sizes. I have a 4, 6 & 8 quart cooker. You only need a cooktop. Electric or gas. Cooks fast. Pot roast, potatos, carrots, green beans and onions cooked from start to finish and on the table in 35 minutes.

This is an excellent way to cook any vegetables, without boiling them to death.

Garden Coleslaw with an unusual ingredient

Unusual Ingredient here is Zucchini
Coleslaw is something you either love or hate. If you like Mayo, you might like this. It’s versatile. You can shred the cabbage at home or even buy bags of shredded cabbage in the supermarket. However, I find the bagged cabbage flavorless. When I shred it myself, it is much tastier. I use one of those mandolin slicers to get the cabbage shreded. But you can use a box grader. If you don't keep one onboard, make sure you get that on your list of stuff to take to the boat, if you plan to shred the cabbage onboard.

½ of a head of green cabbage
1 small zucchini shredded
½ cup of graded carrots
¼ cup of chopped green pepper
½ to ¾ cup of Mayo or Miracle Whip
1 to 2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon of celery seed
½ teaspoon of salt.

This recipe makes about 7 cups. Depending on how large the head of cabbage is will determine how much mayo you need. I like to use Miracle Whip or at least a 50/50 mix of mayo and Miracle Whip.

Cabbage keeps really good on the boat. It doesn’t require the refrigeration that lettuce does. I have even used shredded up cabbage in the place of lettuce in a salad. It worked out fine. Tomatoes, onion and Kraft Zesty Italian dressing on a shredded cabbage salad is actually pretty good!

About Me


By Nyla Deputy

Pen Name; Nautical Nancy


I’ve been boating off and on since I was 8 years old. But it wasn’t until 27 years ago that I got my first boat with a galley. It was a 1982 28ft Chris Craft Catalina power boat. And for the first time, I had to figure out how to outfit a galley. Then we moved up to a 31 Silverton convertible which presented new challenges in the galley. Just when I had that one figured out, by 1988, we moved to our present boat, a 34 Silverton convertible. That one was really good for several years, but then I began to see lots of room for improvement, so in 1995 we had an extensive make over to make it ‘closer’ to perfect and make it more suitable for extended cruising and living aboard.


Starting back in 1990, came the first of more than a dozen long distance cruising trips that sometimes took us north and some times south of the Chesapeake Bay. A change of cruising grounds took us to Florida for 5 years. Then back to the Chesapeake for 5 years, and now back to Florida.


In the mean time, I founded the Silverton Owners Club in 1997 and became the editor of the club newsletter and president of the group. Over the years I have written a number of articles on outfitting and organizing a galley along with putting together easy boat friendly recipes.  I’ve done a lot of experimenting with gadgets and cooking on my boat and not everything turned out perfect. I’ve brought stuff to the boat that I thought would work out great, only to take it back home because it took up too much room or was too much of a hassle to use and just addedd to the waterline. We have all had a few of those experiences.


 I made arrangements for and presented cooking demonstrations/seminars for many of the Silverton Rendezvous from Rhode Island to Florida. My late husband and I regularly hosted potlucks, dock parties and raft ups which frequently required me to whip up, (some times on short notice) hors d’oeuvres or a  dish for a potluck. I am a certified and  licensed bartender so I have been known to whip up pitchers of  drinks to pass around.


In another life, for 33 years,  I was a quality control auditor for major Detroit auto manufacturer. For several years   I worked for DIY-Boat Magazine and the Mad Mariner. I wrote a galley cooking column for the Nor’easter boat magazine too.   I operate the Silverton Owners Club web site and write a weekly E-News column and a monthly newsletter. I was chosen as one of the Mad Mariner’s Outstanding Women in Boating and still frequently do onboard entertaining.


Now, as I take on the job of developing and writing this blog, it is my goal to make it an informative and onboard entertaining column where I will incorporate some food and drink recipes along with tips for entertaining on board  with a dash of  onboard interior decorating.  All topics that are rarely found in the pages of the  boating magazines found on newsstands. (most of the boating magazines on newstands are geared to new boat sales & new gadgets & equipment) 


Some of my receipes I make at home and take them to the boat already up so all I have to do is to re-heat in the microwave or heat up in the oven. In my case, I have the luxury of having a Seaward Princess stove with an oven. I realize many boats don’t have that luxury so I’ll bring plenty of stuff here  that doesn’t require an oven so everyone can keep the captain and crew fed along with any guests that stop by or happen to be onboard for the weekend.These days this topic  should appeal to guys and gals because I know a lot of guys who are doing a great job of whipping up something tasty too.


 So sign up to receive notices when new postings are put up on this blog. And if anyone has receipe  ideas for this free blog, or ideas for interior decorating, (drapes, bedspreads, sheets, throw pillows, etc)  pass them along to me at