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Old 22-09-2014, 11:54   #1
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Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

As we're still in the initial phase of trying to find a yacht that suits us for a long(er) term cruise one of the things that come up frequently in conversations with my better half is the shape of the galley

I would like to tap into the forum knowledge and get some first hand experiences on the different galley shapes . My better half sees a lot of benefits in 'L' and 'U' shape galleys vs. the 'along side' galleys

Can someone enlighten us on the pro's and cons of U/L vs straight ?

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Old 22-09-2014, 12:02   #2
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

You need a compact area where you can brace yourself. We prefer the "U" shape. The worst is the straight galley along one side of the saloon, a common type on charter boats where the aft section is taken up by two cabins.
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

U shaped definitely! My first 2 boats where L shaped, after sailing for 20 years- u shaped is much better - in the line- any boat movement your going flying...
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

Well... I'll jump in: I find the typical small U shaped galley to be pretty cramped with the open part of the U amidships. Hard to get in the icebox with food prep going on etc.
One boat I had the U was turned so the open part of the U was forward. This allowed a little more counter space.
I like a galley along one side, but in a rough seaway I suppose that can be a challenge. It does allow for more counter space though and easy ice box access while preparing food.
If a person had a big beamy boat, two counters , one on the side and one amidships open at each end would be cool. Sink in the near center counter.
A big L shape is nice.
I prefer big deep single sinks to the oft used double tiny ones by far. If it allows the large cooking/fry pan to sit flat in the bottom... it's big enough. I don't rinse dishes by dipping but rather with a trickle from the faucet.
An ice box with both top and front access is a big plus also.
To each his own... at anchor 95% of the time and we never prepared elaborate meals at sea.
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Old 22-09-2014, 13:21   #5
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

I like that HCH 34 layout. I think it falls under "L" - double sink at the center, cooker outboard and a sound counter/brace right in front of it.

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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

HCH? what dat?
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

"U" shaped is generally considered safest. Ours is just big enough to allow one person to work there comfortably, so I never get asked to help out...
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

One thing about U shaped in the common manner (with the opening amidships) is you are only "protected" from being thrown out on the outboard side...and then you get thrown into the stove!
If the U opens on the forward side, you are snug in the U when the boat is thrown over on it's side. Of course now you are covered with hot food!
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

With the L shape, the sinks form the short leg, and the rest is the long one. I used such a galley, with a butt belt, for a long time. We added a small drop leaf table on the outside of the sink cupboard which provided usable additional counter space when needed.

I now have a U shaped galley, with the opening facing aft, so that while working on either side of the U, the stove or the counter top, one is enclosed. On this boat, the counter top is hinged at the aft end, and can swing up and aft to provide access to the engine, etc., which is underneath it.

Both kinds of galleys are easy to use, given that you have a protector bar to keep you from being thrown onto the stove, and a butt belt, if needed, to keep you from being thrown across the boat. [I always felt quite secure with the BB.] On this, larger boat, there is a whole lot more counter space, and I love it. But the truth of the matter is that one learns to work with whatever kind of galley one winds up with.

You never have as much storage space on a boat for cookware as you had in your land based home. I'd recommend starting with a minimum and adding to it as needed. Definitely bring pots whose lids will stay on in a seaway. Sorry for the digression.

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I'll second the motion on deep sinks, way better in a seaway.
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

Quote:
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HCH? what dat?
Or is it Chans Hristian??? Sounds French now ;-)

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HR, HCh, J-, J, X-, HMS ;-) I love them all.

But it is Hans Christian's galley shape that I like best.

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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

U shaped for me. But everything is a compromise. If you get a linear one just make a strap to hold yourself in.

My latest idea is not to worry about cooking and cleaning at all... I'm gunna get a girlfriend!
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

I would love to see photo examples of various u and L shaped gallies
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

I will post 2 pics as my U is HUUUGE love my galley... one of the YES factors on the boat. I have a dedicated coutner space aft of the stove. Nothing under it but drawers.
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

We coastal cruise with a family of 6 and I have to say I love the along side galley. If I were to offshore, I'd bet I'd prefer one of the other choices but honestly, it's nice to be at the stove while someone else is at the sink and someone else is getting stuff out of the fridge.
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Re: Galley shapes, along side , 'L' or 'U'

Since you asked, here's a photo:



I really, really, like it. Narrow enough to brace, plus bar to catch you from falling into the stove. The trim under the ports is a handhold, so you don't fall away from it either.

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