Best drink holder ever?

It seems like I have been in a perpetual search for ways to hold cups, glasses, cans, and other drinks while underway. That’s why I was very excited after hearing about a new universal drink holder made by Zarcor.

They are the manufacturer of a number of other products that you should definitely look into if you have a boat. My favorite project this last year was replacing my cockpit hatch boards with custom doors which they made. This new universal drink holder is made of the same high quality Star Board material, crafted with a few neat tricks to help your drinks stay on board.

Holder body

Holder body

The main body is a three tiered affair that is designed to hold large drink glasses as well as varying sizes of smaller drinks. The partial circles of material start out large at the top, and get smaller as they go down. The bottom plate has various sizes routered into it to allow for the drinks to seat securely.

Mounting pad

Mounting pad

The main body clips onto the mounting pad, which has a convenient stainless steel clamp and hand tightener. It will fit on 5/8″ to 1-1/4″ rails, and acts like a gimbal so that the main body swings freely back and forth.

Our favorite Tervis tumblers fit perfectly

Our favorite Tervis tumblers fit perfectly

The best part is that they hold our Tervis tumbler glasses perfectly. We use these religiously for cold and hot drinks, and they are absolutely amazing. They keep things cold forever, don’t sweat, are nearly impossible to break, and have various lids, straws, and holders that make them a single universal cup on the boat.

Beer cans fit well

Beer cans fit well

Beer cans also fit in the holder, and are super secure. It can be slightly awkward to get the can out of the holder, but its well worth it for how secure it is.

Even wine glasses fit

Even wine glasses fit

Our super unbreakable plastic stemless wineglasses fit too. According to Zarcor, normal stemmed wine glasses fit as well.

Glass bottles look good...

Glass bottles look good…

Glass bottled beer looks nice in the holder, but tend to tip outwards at inopportune times.

...not as secure as I'd like.

…not as secure as I’d like.

I hardly ever allow glass bottles like this on the boat, so it really won’t be an issue long term.

Two holders mounted on binnacle

So far the holders have worked perfectly, and the crew loves them more than the 10 other types we’ve had in the last few years. Nothing has spilled or fallen out of them, and people can put whatever type of drink they want into them without thinking. I bought a couple of extra mounting pads, and stuck them in various areas so that people can move the holders around where its convenient. So far, so good!

About Steve Mitchell

I live in Seattle, WA and love sailing, technology, & playing and composing music. I started playing the piano when I was 3, and ended up figuring out many other instruments along the way. I’m an avid sailor and have a 2000 Beneteau 311 named Grace, and sail it whenever and wherever I can.

  • Saffy The Pook

    We like to keep our canned drinks in coozies to keep them cold. It looks like this holder would accommodate a coozie in the upper ring and support it with the middle ring. Zarcor doesn’t have this one pictured on their site. Any idea if it’ll work?

    • Not sure, I can test it out today/tomorrow and let you know. I suspect it would, there is a lot of space in those circles…

  • Patrick

    Super useful. Is it sold on Amazon? Your first link goes to a help page on Amazon locker. I went to the Zarcor website then but could only find the two ring model, not the 3 ring model you have.

    • Hi Patrick,
      Thanks for the note – there was a screwed up link there! I’ve corrected it so it goes to the right page. I noticed that it’s sort of hard to find it if you search, I suspect that is probably because its a new product.

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