Date: 23 May 2014. How to Access Galley
Seaweed is a wonderful home, but
like all boats access isn't always the best. Big areas in my galley were difficult to get
to, and a gigantic cavern does not equal the best use of space in my
opinion. But I fixed that and for less than $10 (the price of hinges
and some latches) you could do the
I like shelves -- and do have Flat-Surface-Itis* a rather
contagious disease you may not be aware of -- yet. I rather suspect
a lot of people have a case of it. I'm infected for certain.
Flat-Surface-Itis is characterized
by the inability to leave a flat surface empty without putting
something on it. Aboard Seaweed, I've hidden my Flat-Surface-Itis
traits behind closed locker doors, but today I'm going to show you
the inside of lockers.
Above, Flat-Surface-Itis displayed. My dinette
is a magnet for Stuff and a challenge to keep tidy.
Access in my galley was not
terrific, and I needed to make a few changes to improve things. Most
boats are not designed with the idea of storing all the necessities
of life, especially 23'ers marketed as weekend fun boats.
Seaweed is home, and as such, the need to access storage areas has
For instance there is a nice shelf
for my refrigerator to sit on. Below that is an 8" high area by 24"
deep that the only way to get to it previously was via the cabinet
under the sink. It simply wasn't convenient, and I couldn't
reach the far corner without my back scratcher aka arm lengthener.
And as an aside, yes, a back
scratcher will pull stuff to you from corners that are just out of
reach. I recommend every boat have at least one. Mine is most
often used to extend my reach -- far more frequently than scratching
Though not fancy by any means I
opened up the space, added a couple of hinges and voila: storage
that is usable and easily accessible. It's also Skipper's favorite locker.
Please note the puppy treats in those two plastic containers on the left.
Though not ideal for stowing my
canning jars, it's good enough for now.
Eventually (soon) I hope to build
a locker under my dinette that will fit the jars stacked two high.
Three is wobbly. If I make the locker three jars deep (the smaller
jelly jars) then I'll be able to fit two of the larger 1/2 pint wide
mouthed jars two deep.
In the meantime I've got my eyes
open for potential materials. Once I've gathered them I'll give it a
go. It probably will not be the best looking locker, but it will
work. I'm rather excited about the prospect of having an easy
way to locate the particular jar I want.
My concept at present is a locker
on wheels so I can roll it out to the center of the galley. I'll tie
it to the bulkhead under the dinette unless I need to open it. That's the current plan.
Also on the starboard side, aft
near the door to my cockpit was an area under my silverware drawer
that was inaccessible. I was a bit braver with that one and
cut out the opening with my jig saw. With a couple of hinges and a
latch, I've got a cabinet.
It's not fancy, but it works.
However, said space was more
cavern than usable. So, with a bit of ingenuity and scraps of
what I had on hand, I fashioned a shelf. One of these days
I'll fancy it up, but in the meantime I've got food on the upper
shelf and the lower has cleaning supplies, lantern oil, electric
tools (drill, sander, jig saw) plus my collection of screws, nuts
Seaweed's galley isn't perfect but
making access has made a big difference in the ability to use what
space I have. You don't have to do exactly as I've done, but
with a bit of thinking I'll bet you could come up with some
improvements to your boat galley.
Friends have a 40' Hunter sailboat
named Moonlight Sue. Carol's galley sink had a large locker under
it. Basically, it was a cavern -- huge, but largely unusable space.
In chatting with her one day while sitting in the salon I noted that
if her husband opened up the locker from the salon side, he could
build in shelves and they would gain a lot of accessible storage space.
I'm not sure if Carol's got her
shelves yet, but I'm hoping so. I know I could use an area that big
for my galley goods. So when you look at your galley space
also realize that access might be possible from the next cabin
behind that bulkhead. [It goes without saying that you must make
sure you're not cutting wires, hoses or hydraulic lines.]
A great galley with lots of room
for the essentials of life makes boating more enjoyable. Today
mine's got a nice cool glass of iced tea waiting for me, and a new
book on the Kindle.
The Box-Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
It's been great fun revisiting my childhood favorites of late.
Reading is a particularly relaxing
way to spend an afternoon this time of the year. Perhaps for you as
I'd love to hear what you've done for extra storage in
And, do you ever read a book again? I do, all the time.
Books, Characters, Galley,
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