Flat is Fine

When you’re outfitting a cruising boat’s galley, it’s wise to select flatware that has no pattern. Leave the Climbing Rose and Parthenon patterns at home. When you’re on the water, particularly salt water, you want the surface of your eating utensils to be as featureless and smooth as your chainplates—for the same reason. Every ripple and crevice in a piece of patterned cutlery can harbor moisture and salt, eventually producing rust stains.

Fortunately, there’s a payback. A good-quality piece of patternless flatware that has a smooth, polished finish can be washed three times a day in seawater and will remain blemish free. Don Casey

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