16 Nov Another Idea for Draining Dishes
Reader John Mayton recently posted this on TBG’s Facebook page. While he talks about it being great for him as a single-hander with only a few dishes, I see it as a great silverware and small item holder when there are more people on board.
I live aboard a 37 foot ketch in North Carolina, and will be heading south to the Bahamas next week. When I bought the boat two years ago the previous owner had installed a custom made double sink.
I use a rubber sink mat that allows water to drain, but for most small things I use a Rubbermaid drainer that hangs from the center of the sink. The water goes back into the sink, which is in a small way water conservative. As a single hander, my dish washing issues are small, so the hanging drain works well for all but the pot I cook in.I couldn’t find the drainer that John has, either online or in a local store. That’s often the problem with seeing something great: can you find it? With a bit of looking around, though, I did find one that might be even better as it’s collapsible!
Progressive International has a collapsible colander that hangs over the divider (see/buy it on Amazon) — and yes, it can do double duty as both a drainer for silverware and other small stuff that you want to contain and serve as your colander for draining pasta and rinsing veggies. Their picture shows it as a colander, of course:
NOTE: The product description seems to be missing some decimal points in the size. It holds 7 cups and is approximately 4-3/8″ x 4-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ — it collapses to roughly one-third of the open size, so it can be left on the sink all the time and just opened when more draining space is needed. The nice thing is that you can have other larger items in the sink under it.