What should I bring sailing?
I've been invited on a daylong sail and I want to bring some goodies for the host. I've already picked up some salami; what else do I bring that's temperature-insensitive, assemble-able on the rolling seas, and enjoyable during hours of sunlight?
I'll be leaving super-early in the morning, so unless it's on the way (Mamadou's is in the wrong direction, sadly), let's assume I'm doing my shopping in the days beforehand.
fruit...nuts...crudites...cheese (in a cooler)
Pre-make sandwiches so they can just be unwrapped
It's a day sail -- just pack some stuff in a cooler and enoy your day.
As a boat owner for years, chocolate is the last thing I wanted on my boat. I made that mistake once, the first year that I was a boat owner, I made brownies and brought them on it for friends I had invited out. The chocolate only took seconds to melt when being held and it got on everything. I would think carmel would be the same problem. I had 2 small refrigerators on my last boat, so things were kept cold until taken out to be eaten. Find out if the boat you are going out on has a fridge. If your going out for a whole day, it probably has a fridge on it. The hot sun works quickly. If no fridge, bring a small cooler, cheese, crackers, wine, sandwiches, chips, nuts, slices of watermelon...all good ideas. Also, to be a "good" guest, if you're going out in salt water, insist on helping them wash the boat and take the trash when you come back in. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.
We have been boat owners in the past so I agree with catsmeow. Also consider some carrot sticks with a dip (muhammara, pesto, spicy peanut sauce, etc.) or those mini, bite sized quiches. They travel well. (Make sure some are meat free for the vegetarians in the group.) A bunch of green grapes can be very welcome. Try to keep packaging to a minimum. Have fun!
I have a couple of sized soft sided coolers that are invaluable. When heading to New Deal for sushi grade fish, I bring along a few icepacks to their additional ice - same with Whole Foods when the fish looks good. I also use it for expected leftovers in the warmer months when not returning home right away. You really should invest in a cheap soft sided small cooler. Then you could do anything with a few chilled items. My smallest would hold a 6 pack or two ice packs and two takeout thai items to go while working.
wow lot's of dark captain stories here. I suggested a small soft sided cooler - the one I spoke of is a 9x9x9 cube. Unless you're on a full day sail in a tiny sailboat storing that should not be a problem. So why suggest that storage is a problem on a 32' boat? I didn't suggest the OP show up with a cooler that would chill a keg of beer.
And I agree with what was mentioned down below. Responsible drinking goes with boating. The Captain and first mate however are the designated drivers.
Former sailboat owner here -- anything that can be eaten with a single hand, made ahead of time, that will neither stain nor is greasy is good boat food.
Making sandwiches aboard can be difficult, having pre-made (non-spilling) sandwiches is great. Think slices rather than chunks (which can fall on deck). Pita bread is better than some others
A thermos of soup - hot or cold, depending on weather
Cookies - NO chocolate (as previously mentioned)
GRAPES! They're self-contained and Thompson seedless do not stain
Salsa, guacamole, hummus et al are tough as well -- think leaking
Salads are tough unless you're anchored -- they require two hands which aren't always available
You mention salami -- if it need a cutting board and knife, it can be a non-starter during a sail. Pre-cut pieces are OK