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15 Best Games To Play On A Boat

15 Best Games to Play on a Boat

Here are our 15 best games to play on a boat. The games on our list aren’t just for the kids. Often after a meal with friends, someone will suggest we play a game. Having a stack of games onboard the boat is great for when the weather is not good for playing outside. A day of games quickly passes the time, and everyone seems to forget about the rain and how much they want to be outside. Many of the games on this list have been introduced to us by other cruisers since started cruising.

Best Games to Play On a Boat For Adults

Cards Against Humanity – Adult Only

Please Note: This is not a game for kids! It is, however, a fun game for adults. The more inappropriate your sense of humor, the more fun the game is.

This game normally comes out late in the evening, after everyone has had a boat cocktail or two to ease their inhibitions. Buy now on Amazon

Best Games to Play on a Boat for Adults and Older Kids

Mexican Train Dominos

Mexican Train Dominos is probably the most popular cruiser game. When you are in places like Grenada for the summer avoiding hurricanes. There are a large number of cruisers gathered. They have a weekly Mexican Train afternoon. Buy now on Amazon

Mexican Train is good fun and you can go from winning to losing in a round or two. This is a nice long game that keeps you busy all afternoon. Beware the competition can be fierce.


This game is a variation of gin rummy. You form runs and sets while trying to get rid of all your tiles. You can use the tiles on the table to help you out.

This game has an educational aspect to it develops sequencing, pattern recognition, and planning skills. Ages 8 and up, it is fun for the whole family. Buy now on Amazon


Risk is one of the games that we brought from home. Risk has always been one of our favorites. It sometimes gets quite competitive.

On rainy afternoons, our kids and their friends often pull out the Risk to see who can dominate the world. Buy now on Amazon


Pictionary the game of quick draw. Work in teams of two. Get your partner to guess what your word is from your drawing. Pictionary is great fun for the whole family. It is even more fun if there are no artists in the group.

This set comes with dry-erase boards and special markers, saving on space. If you have young kids you can get them, Pictionary junior.


This is a great game played in teams. You have to describe a word to the people on your team, but cant use any of the words on the card to describe your word.

Taboo is great fun as an adult only or family game. Parents against kids or boys against girls make the game more fun.

Deck of Cards

Probably the most versatile and compact game for a boat is a deck of cards or two. We play card games often. My daughter and I regularly practice her math skills with a deck of cards. Racing to see who can multiply, add, or subtract fastest.


Scrabble is an oldie but a goodie. Scrabble is a game we started playing with our kids when they just started spelling. We still play it today. The only difference is now they give us a run for our money.


Game players are settlers who must build settlements, cities, and roads. Resources from the land are sold to be able to build. Resources can be stolen, or land can stop producing. The first player to get a score of 10 victory points wins. Buy now on Amazon

Best Games to Play On a Boat For The Whole Family


Yahtzee is a dice game. You score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind, the highest of any category. The winner is the player who scores the most points after 13 rounds.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Monopoly Deal card game is like Monopoly but doesn’t take ages. The game is over in about 20 minutes. It is quick, fun, and competitive. Originally, we had the Monopoly board game on the boat. But, we gave it away when we got the Monopoly Deal card game.

Game of Life

I used to play the game of life when I was a kid. Choose your career, vacation, family, number of children. Spin the wheel to win or lose money instantly. At the end of the game, the players pay debts and add up their wealth. The richest player wins the game.


The classic who-done-it game. From the game clues, you need to discover the murderer, where the murder took place, and which weapon was used. And the winner is Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Candlestick. Buy now on Amazon


Uno is a fun game with twists and turns as you try to get rid of all your cards. Remember to shout “UNO” when you are down to your last card, or your friends will be sure to give you more cards.

Sushi Go

Sushi Go is on my kids’ wish list. It is a game about sushi. You try to get the best sushi combination for the most points. Wasabi and nigiri increase your score. Your friends can take your sushi away from you to win the game.

15 Best Games To Play On A Boat
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