Do you hate using plastic wine glasses on your boat? Want a real stemmed crystal glass . . . that’s boat-friendly?
Over the years, I’ve looked a lot of different types of wine glasses, but frankly I never thought I’d find a crystal set that was really designed to be used on a boat. Then a while back, Royal Stabilis reached out to me to review their wine glasses.Admittedly, these are a bit of a luxury item. But I have to admit, I like sitting in the cockpit, enjoying the beautiful view and sipping wine from a nice glass.
The glasses each have a small but very strong magnet centered in the base under the stem. The metal base plate is a magnetic stainless 8″ by 8″ square — it’s heavy enough to resist moving, plus has non-slip silicone pads on the underside as well.
Set the magnetic board on any flat surface, and then you can set the glasses down on it without worrying about them tipping over and breaking in what I’d call normal conditions. I’ve tilted the magnetic base up to about 20 degrees to simulate a bad waking and the glasses don’t move — at a higher angle, they will start to slide but have not broken free of the base plate.
To lift a glass off the magnetic board, hold the glass by the stem and not by the bowl. You can either tilt the glass or slide across the base plate to the edge.
The glasses and base are sold separately, so that you can buy whatever combination works best for your boat. Royal Stabilis recommends two or more bases so that there is one within easy reach of everyone. Glasses are sold in sets of four and come in red, white and champagne styles.
So, the big question is how well do they really work? Our experience has been very good — no broken glasses. The glasses have stayed right where they should when in use, and we haven’t spilled a drop. Not only do the magnetic bases protect against waves and wakes, but they also protect against accidental bumps — something that we seem to be prone to, either bumping the table or reaching for an appetizer and nudging a glass.
The glasses store in a cardboard box with holders for each glass — it’s designed to be used and re-used. One nice feature of storing them in the box is that they don’t “clink” underway.
This past weekend, we were out sailing in pretty “boisterous” conditions where a number of things that don’t normally move underway fell to the floor. The glasses, in their box, were fine (note: they didn’t fall).
The glasses are a very clear lead-free crystal. Royal Stabilis says that they are engineered to be break resistant — all I can say is that we have not broken one. Stems are always the weak spots and a bit of care goes a long ways. But yes, they can break.
These glasses and magnetic board are a really well-thought-out way to have very nice wine glasses on a boat. No, they are not cheap — crystal isn’t. For that reason, I know they won’t appeal to everyone. But for those who do want crystal, these are much more boat-friendly than conventional crystal stemware.
Royal Stabilis only sells through Amazon. All three styles of glasses and the magnetic boards can be ordered from the same page: