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The Galley (Kitchen)
The Galley on a catamaran typically includes a 3 or 4 ring gas burner, a gas oven, stainless steel sink, fridge, freezer and sometimes a microwave, ice-maker and nespresso coffee maker. When the boat is not being used by us, it may be used for other non-kosher charters so we have our own dishes, pans and cutlery which we use and completely clean and kasher the kitchen before starting to cook.
We cook together in a group, self-catering, and the standard fare is vegetarian/fish/milky food. We typically eat incredibly well with a lot of amazingly fresh fish!
There is an option for a chef on board for additional cost when the entire boat is chartered by a group. Keep in mind that he/she will sleep in one of the cabins (in the case of Sicily, he will be in the single bunk beds cabin).
There is also an option of including meat on the menu at additional cost and subject to the availability of meat with the kashrut certificate (hechsher) that meets your approval.
A Typical Day
Wake up in a secluded tranquil bay with the sun rising over the horizon and drink a morning coffee.
Go for an early morning swim then have breakfast
Set sail for our next destination (typically 1 – 3 hours sailing).
Stop for lunch on the way and jump in for another swim.
Arrive at our destination and go ashore for a walk/hike/tour/coffee/beer and to explore
Return to the boat for a late afternoon swim followed by Happy Hour cocktails.
Watch an amazing sunset, eat a fabulous dinner, relax, and chat.
Lie back and look at the Milky Way while sipping a mint tea/whisky/liquer.
We tie up in a marina from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning and cook before shabbat. Friday night we will eat a hot/warm meal and Shabbat lunch will be cold. We eat Shabbat meals together but you are free to do your own thing and make other arrangements. We do not enforce any religious or shabbat requirements on you but we ask that you respect Shabbat in the common areas of the boat.
In Lipari (Sicily), we offer a 2 hour walking tour of the historic old town on Shabbat.
Milk: Most cheeses are brought with us from Israel.. we are particularly fond of the Jacob’s Dairy in Kfar Ha’Roe! If available, we will buy local kosher cheese locally. We use local milk and butter.
Fish: We purchase fish fresh from fishermen, fish markets or supermarkets or you are welcome to try and catch your own dinner.
Bread: We either bake our own bread or we buy plain white bread such as baguettes if generally accepted and deemed to be kosher by Chabad and/or the local dati community.
Dry Goods: Rice, pasta, lentils, soy sauce, olive oil, canola oil, sugar, tea, coffee, etc is all bought locally according to accepted guidelines.
Alcohol: We offer kosher wines from Israel or Europe, local beer and we try and arrange enough spirits and juices to make some pretty impressive cocktails!
Our catamarans typically have 4 or 5 cabins and our clientele are cost conscious. We therefore chose not to employ the services of a kashrut supervisor (mashgiach) for 2 key reasons:
The extra staff member would significantly increase the daily running costs.
There is physically not enough room for the extra person on the boat which typically has 2 crew berths only.
Whilst we realize that for some, this might disappoint and not meet their kashrut standards, for most people our self-supervision (השגחה פרטית) is perfectly adequate. Furthermore, since the galley is an integral part of the living space (and not a separate floor or room), the workings of the kitchen are always on display and anyone is welcome to go and supervise (or even better.. to lend a hand!)