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When we left to go cruising, we brought very few electrical kitchen appliances with us. We do have a toaster and an electric coffee maker on board ZTC but both of those items are stored away, really only of use when we’re on shore power or running the generator. The third electrical appliance that we keep on board, and one that we consider essential equipment for ‘da islands,‘ is our Magic Bullet blender. Up to this point, we’ve primarily used this to blend up nutritious smoothies using local fruit but yesterday, we used it to mix up a couple of Tan Lines Pina Coladas, following along with Coastlines and Tan Lines recent video. Try it… they’re very tasty!


  • Organic coconut juice (we used coconut milk)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Fruit cup
  • Rum
  • Bitters
  • Ice


  1. We gotta buy one of those!!!! That is fantastic!! Great galley item!

  2. Carl knows how to mix up a great drink…..not to mention his ability to consume such drinks. Cheers

  3. Do you guys use any battery powered electronics…….I mean appliances

  4. Looks great! The mixer should be a top priority when deciding what to bring aboard. The solar panels, watermaker, ssb and even engine spare parts can wait. 😛

  5. Wish I could have been there with you to enjoy those drinks and play some Uke on the bow! Good times.

  6. Mike, Mike, don’t you know electric blenders are so outdated? Look at the poker run speedboats, now they know where it’s at: Gas powered blenders. (I’m not kidding; for $500 or so you can buy a four-horse lawnmower engine with a 60 ounce blender jar bolted to it. You can hear them from almost a mile away, and bike handlebars are needed to keep the things from flying out of control across the deck.)

    Back on topic… yes, the Magic Bullet is a surprisingly useful little thing; ours sees more pestos and sauces than pina coladas, though. The best part is that it actually fits in a back corner somewhere when you’re not using it.

  7. 🙂 🙂 That just took me some time to work out how a “gas powered blender” would work. Some sort of turbine on the Propane/butane cylinder maybe????

    Then my one remaining brain cell switched on, with reference to the lawnmower engines! Oh dear! Gasoline – idiot!

    Ah well. It’s good for a smile.


  8. Mike – does the Magic Bullet crush ice for stuff like frozen margaritas? I’ve never used one before and I was curious.

    S/V Kintala

  9. We *love* our Magic Bullet. As coffee drinkers we use the grinder to grind beans most mornings even though we have a gorgeous Turkish Mill as well.

    And I’ve used it to make tasty sauces for fish – green olives (with the brine), a chili, lemon, and pepper makes a tasty fish topping for the BBQ.

    • THAT IS SO WEIRD that you commented on this today. We ran out of coffee the other day so we stopped by the store to pick some up. Although I thought that I had picked up ground coffee, we opened the package this morning to find coffee beans. We have no other grinder so we broke out our Magic Bullet this morning to grind them up. Funny.

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