Wine Storage Tips for Boats

red and white wine storage on a boat

Wine Storage Tips for Boat Owners

You’ve been planning this boat trip for months and now you just sailed to a beautiful location.  After you drop anchor at dusk, and you and your significant other want to celebrate.  It’s time for that special bottle of wine you brought with you just for this moment.  You uncork it and pour a glass for your sweetheart and yourself.  As the two of you stare off into the sunset, the beauty of the moment is shattered by the horrible taste of your wine.

There is an art and science to storing wine on a boat.  It’s something that crews of super yachts are familiar with.  As an owner of smaller vessel, you might not need a full wine rack stocked with the finest vintages.  When you bring a bottle onto your vessel, it’s to enjoy a glass or two with while anchored in a scenic cove or tied to the docks.  Even if that’s all you plan to do, you still need to know proper wine storage tips for boats.  To help you, Signal Connect shares these wine storage tips.

Temperature and motion are the two biggest factors that affect wine stored on boats.  As far as temperature is concerned, the cooler the storage space, the better.  This can be a challenge for boaters in the Caribbean and other tropical environments.  The rocking motion of water can speed up the ageing process of wine.  While this can improve the development of certain red wines, the taste of most other wines suffer from this agitation.  This is why wines on super yachts are secured in specialized wine holders and racks.

Low humidity and moisture are two big enemies to wines on your boat.  If the humidity is low, it can cause the cork to dry out and let more air into the bottle.  This negatively effects on the wine’s taste.  If there’s too much moisture in your wine storage area, mold can develop inside the bottles.  This makes each affected bottle a total wasted because no one wants to drink that!  The ideal storage space should be cool, as free of motion as possible, and have a humidity level between 55-70 percent.

When it comes to wine served on luxury vessels, it’s best to open the bottle and enjoy it as soon as possible.  This minimizes the risk of wine storage on boats.  If you’re planning a longer voyage, proper wine storage techniques are an absolute must.  Keeping motion, temperature, humidity, and moisture in mind, here are some tips for storing wine on your boat:

  • Ideally, wine should be stored at the central pivot point. This should provide the least movement and ideal levels of temperature and humidity.
  • To avoid shaking and agitation, store your wine bottles in polystyrene bottle box linings.
  • You always can try wine cartons or wine boxes. These might be easier to secure and store than wine bottles, which have a tendency to roll during travel.
  • Do not store wine in the engine room or galley. Odors in these areas can penetrate a cork and affect the flavor and aroma of your wine.
  • If you have wine that has sediment or crust, stand the bottle up for at least 24 hours before you serve. This allows sediments to gather at the bottle’s base.  In these situations, it’s also best to decant the wine before serving.

If a bottle of wine is something you enjoy as part of your boating experience, these storage tips should help.  If you and your loved one want to enjoy a glass on your next voyage, just remember to do it responsibly.  Drinking and boating can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving, and everyone at Signal Connect wants you to stay safe.

DIRECTV for Boats from Signal Connect

The rocking of the water can affect the flavor of wines stored on boats.  It’s also the reason why you can’t mount a standard satellite dish on your boat and enjoy DIRECTV programming.  Fortunately, there are marine satellite domes made specifically for luxury vessels and working boats.  These marine dishes feature stabilizing technology that delivers a clear picture without interference.  These domes also have a mechanism that rotates 360 degrees within its shell.  This lets it connect with DIRECTV’s satellite so viewers get programming even up to 50 miles from shore.

Are you interested in adding DIRECTV to your boat?  Like a nice bottle of wine, this satellite TV programming is a great addition to your boating excursions.  Since Signal Connect is an AT&T Authorized Dealer, we can help you with everything you need to have DIRECTV on your luxury or personal vessel.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.  If you’ve been thinking about adding DIRECTV to your boat, you probably have some questions.  Our reps are happy to provide all the information you need before you make this important decision.  Just give us a call at 866-726-4182.