Having the right boat drinkware aboard can really make or break your enjoyment aboard. The saying goes, “there is no use crying over spilled milk,” but there is certainly a reason to cry when a cocktail goes down! Nothing can spoil a moment like shattered glass or a hot beer. We’ve tested numerous boat wine glasses, cups, mugs, bottles and tumblers aboard our boat and the below are our favorites on the market today. Now, repeat after me, “I will drink wine on a boat, I will drink wine on a boat, I WILL DRINK WINE ON A BOAT.”
If you are really starved for storage space aboard, I recommend getting just two types of drinkware – a tumbler and a water bottle. You can use the tumbler for hot and cold beverages and its easy to clean stickier stuff out of. But, if you like having specific vessels for each purpose, I’ve got recommendations for all of them! All of these glasses withstand the harsh salt environment and can easily be taken apart for hand washing.
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Boat Wine Glasses & Cocktail Glasses
I know I really should leave the best for last, but the Hydroflask Cooler Cup is my favorite. It can be used as a wine or cocktail glass AND as a coozie for beer cans or bottles. The silicone ring on the bottom slips off and fits on the top of the glass when used as a coozie to keep your beer secured. When used as a cup, the silicone ring helps keep the cup from sliding around whatever surface you put it down on. The cup is double-walled using vacuum insulated TempShield Insulation which is a fancy way of staying your cocktails will stay cold for up to 24 hours or warm up to 6. This truly is a multiuse product that I love having aboard.
While Avex does have a glass specifically designed for wine, we found it to have too small of a bottom and would tip over very easily. But, we love the Avex Sundowner Rocks Glass. This is one of the wider glasses we have onboard so it can easily hold your fancy cocktail ice cubes (we love the Tovino molds!). It is also perfect for wine. It features double-walled insulation so drinks will stay cold way longer than they should ever last. I’ve also used this for coffee from time-to-time. The bottom features a silicone pad to keep it from slipping as the boat rocks.
The Yeti Wine Glasses are a crowd-pleaser. They have a nice weight to them and a more traditional wine glass feel to them because of their shape. These Yeti Wine Tumblers are also double insulated to keep your drink cold all night long. They come in 10 different colors so you can easily match them to your boat decor. There is even a Rambler Magslider lid that fits these to keep wine contained on dinghy rides to shore to watch the sunset on the beach.
When we first set out on our sailing adventure, Govino Wine Glasses were all the rage as they were still pretty new. These plastic stemless wine glasses claim to be the creator of the first unbreakable and shatterproof wine glasses. These bad boys were created in Napa Valley for trade people to showcase their wines when proper stemware wasn’t available. Today, they have been happily gracing picnics, pools and boats. What I love about these glasses is they are incredibly lightweight (great for carrying in your bag), on the cheaper side of my recommendations and take up very little space as they are on the smaller side. What I really don’t like is just how lightweight they are when empty or close to empty. A light breeze will easily knock these glasses over which can be quite annoying.
If you are on the hunt for more traditional looking acrylic wine glasses, check out Vivocci Stemless Wine Glasses. These unbreakable wine glasses are made from BPA free plastic and have a real glass look but are durable enough to withstand the challenges of life aboard. I have noticed that this style of glass can slightly yellow or craze after a few years of use.
Boat Sparkling Wine Glasses
These Corkcicle Stemless Flutes are the newest drinkware addition to our boat. We don’t drink a lot of bubbly aboard, but some occasions call for it! These keep your drinks insanely cold (the narrow opening helps with this). I don’t know if it is my imagination, but it also seems like the bubbles are crisper when drank out of these glasses. The bottom has a silicone non-slip pad and the glasses are very sturdy despite their narrow shape. I love all the fun colors they come in as well.
The Govino Flute Glasses have the same appeal and faults that their wine glasses do. However, these are more susceptible to the wind blowing them over as they are tall and narrow. Govino glasses have the benefit that they are very light, packable and more affordable.
The 20oz Yeti Rambler is one of my most used boat cups. Its a large enough size to hold enough liquid for a quick outing, or to keep me hydrated as I write this article. It keeps ice frozen through multiple drinks and keeps my coffee nice and hot while I’m walking the dogs thanks to the double insulated stainless design. In my opinion, the Magslider Lid is what really makes this cup. There is a magnet mechanism that allows the lid to open and close easily. The lid just slides into the cup, so keep in mind that this is NOT a spill-proof design. However, it does lessen the likelihood of losing your entire cup.
The Pelican Traveler Tumbler will keep your beverages as hot or as cold as you like, but what I think really stands out about the design of this tumbler is its lid. It screws into the tumbler instead of sliding in so don’t have to worry about it accidentally coming off. This spill-resistant design has a slight leg up on Yeti’s design. If you somehow figure out how to break or damage its durable double-wall vacuum insulation with a copper-plated inner wall, Pelican’s legendary lifetime guarantee has you covered.
Boat Coffee Mugs
While I can use any of the other cups aboard for my morning coffee in the cockpit, some days I have to take my coffee to go. That is where the Klean Kanteen TKWide with Café Cap comes in handy. This spillproof design allows me to throw this in my bag without worrying it will ruin whatever else is in my bag with it (which is usually my computer). Klean Kanteen recently redesigned their bottles so that the threads are inside the bottle instead of on the outside which allows for better temperature retention.
All of my standard ceramic coffee mugs have chips in them. Some have even lost their handles which I epoxied back on. There is just something amazing about drinking a hot cup of coffee on a crisp morning from your cockpit. Pure heaven. The Yeti Stainless Insulated Mug with Lid lets me enjoy my coffee in a more traditional mug style while being made of a more practical boat mug material. Because the mug is wider than their tumblers, it will allow warm beverages to cool off slightly quicker than using their tumbler as more of the liquid touches the air. Note that the cooling time is significantly longer than a traditional mug. The lid that comes with it helps, and you can also get a magslider lid separately. I would not recommend this as a travel mug as the design is so wide and it won’t fit into any cup holders.
Boat Water Bottles
The Klean Kanteen Kids Bottle is the perfect size for small hands and the sippy lid is great to prevent spills when it falls (or gets thrown) over. Zoë loves this bottle and can easily suck the liquid past the “no-spill” valve. We never can manage to keep the protective lid on so we just wipe the spout if it’s been anywhere it shouldn’t be. The bottle comes insulated and single-walled. The Klean Coat is safe for babies and pets if either of them gets the bottle in their mouths. I also love that I can attach a carabiner to the lid hook to attach it so it doesn’t roll away. https://amzn.to/2SYC9lC
I’ve written about my love of the AVEX FreeFlow Stainless Autoseal Water Bottle before, and my admiration for it remains. This bottle can keep water icy in 100-degree temperatures. The lid snaps open for easier cleaning, but it can still be a bit tough without a brush to get in all the nooks and crannies. Keep in mind any bottle or cup of this size can get heavy when full due to the material, but its worth it to me for the performance.
Personalized Boat Glasses
If you’re in the market for custom wine glasses for your boat, many of my recommendations can be personalized with your boat name. All of Yeti’s Rambler products can be customized on their website. There are also a bunch of third-party personalization services for the other brands. These make a meaningful and personalized boat gift for all the boaters in your life.
Do you have any other recommendations for boat cups I should test out? What favorites do you keep aboard?