What’s an option that’s becoming a standard feature on a growing number of express cruisers? The stow-away blender. And what belowdecks galley would dare be offered without a coffee maker? Goes to show that a six-pack of Diet Cokes and a fistful of can cozies don’t score bonus points with boating friends these days. We tested the following refreshment contraptions for those who have galleys of old, or no galleys at all.
Magic Bullet to Go(2 for $99.99, bullettogo.com)
Test Impressions: We tried to mimic the fun seen in the yuk-it-up infomercial, with modest success. This battery-powered version of the Magic Bullet did indeed whip up smoothies, salsa and frothy adult beverages in 10 seconds. But we were reminded that a cockpit galley is not the same as a kitchen in a TV studio.
Upsides: We had quick results once we were set up (frozen margarita: seven seconds, as advertised) * It works like a small cordless blender, so it’s the best unit for mixing and liquefying ice and fruit.
Downsides: It took a couple of hours to charge the battery, so there were no impromptu piña coladas. * The battery is the size of a stack of salad plates. * The 19 parts are overkill, as is the offer of two Bullets for one price.
Recommendation: Take just the blender, and use the excess cups (they don’t stack) for something else, like flowerpots.