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Old 28-09-2014, 20:27   #1
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Dinette Design

I guess this is also a meet and greet. I have been viewing the posts on CF for quite some time. I have also "bothered" some people thru PM for opinions on some boats I saw for sale. My endless thanks to them for their responses. Those of you who reached out were more than kind to give a portion of their day and the advice or direction I needed.

I live in the Houston area and am ready to move up from my Victoria. I have researched quite a few boats and looked at my 20 small sailboats (Vigor).

My intent is to sail (solo) to Mexico or points beyond and if I get laid up in a marina tied to shore power it will be fine with me. I am taking a break from retirement. I can easily see myself doing it for a year and coming back and taking up where I left off, except for a geographical change in the U.S.


I recently saw a dinette styled Bristol 29. After giving the matter some thought I have decided to pursue the Seawind (rare cutter); Vancouver (27,274, or 28 ugh-$$); or the Southern Cross 28 or 31, boats of this nature- you get the idea. But the dinette on the starboard side of the Bristol really caught my attention. It was quite lengthy. My question to the CF gurus is this- given the nature and size of he boat I am looking at, do you know of one (or comparable) that has the dinette in place of a berth?

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Old 28-09-2014, 21:03   #2
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Re: Dinette design

I think galleys were discussed here:

Planning the KISS Boat

The dinette is where you sit down, the galley is to starboard in your picture.
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Re: Dinette design

There are a number of older boats that were offered in either dinette or standard interior styles. The alberg 35 comes to mind.
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Re: Dinette design

Layout kind of reminds me of my old Cal 2-30
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Old 29-09-2014, 07:55   #5
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Re: Dinette design

Also trying to understand what the OP is really looking for ???

If you mean galley starboard, and not L or U.... Not very many boats at all...

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Re: Dinette design

Look at a Searunner 31 trimaran for a really nice dinette, plus the sailing characteristics of a multihull. Plenty of other special cruising benefits, as well.
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Re: Dinette design

HR 35 Rasmus has straight line starboard galley and U shaped dinette port.


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Old 29-09-2014, 09:40   #8
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Re: Dinette design

I am sorry in not being so clear. Do you know of any cruising boats in the 27 (Vancouver) to 31 (Seawind, SC) ft range that have a layout like that in the picture? These should be factory boats.


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Re: Dinette design

I assuming that by Dinette you mean a table than can be converted into a double berth by dropping the table down in the Saloon

In Europe in the 60's and 70's a lot of boat were designed with dinette arrangements or dinette options, I am pretty sure quite a few Westerly's had them including the Centaur

Some worked better than others so worth trying it out before you buy. I discovered my Dinette is only five foot six long!!!
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Re: Dinette design

Thank you for the responses-
Stu- you are correct I should have said galley (as in on the starboard side). I was sentenced to three years active and three years monthly drilling- USN. When I was in they were just making the change to steel boats from wooden (or perhaps that was my imagination). Must have just gotten rid of sails before I went in......

Thanks Crash- trying to stick to full keel until my confidence gets up.

JKindred- right on the money. Gonna review some boats with a "straight line galley". Thank you for the terminology.

Triumph and Roy- thanks for the responses.

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Re: Dinette design

how about a pacific seacraft Orion?
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Re: Dinette design

I hate dinettes in small boats.

Bigger (beamier!) ones and French centerboarders (Ovni style) make good use of them to divide the available beam into less risky passageways.

My argument is that I want a bed there, so that each time we tack I can go sleep in the lower bunk.

Then again, if it works for some, I am most happy to acknowledge this fact.

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Re: Dinette design

Not to hijack but to expand the thread,
Why is the galley normally on the Starboard side? And many times I see the stove/oven on the starboard side. I don't cook beyond coffee but I'd figure that having the stove on the low side of the boat while on starboard tack would be preferred so that I'm the stand on boat and the stove/oven is below not spilling down on me
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Re: Dinette design

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Why is the galley normally on the Starboard side?

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Because you mix up starboard with port.

Where I live, they are mostly on port side.

Very interesting question otherwise.

I often think of having the galley on either side as we like it on the low side which implies port in the N Atlantic but starboard in S Pacific. Etc.

Anybody else?

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Re: Dinette Design

I Always liked the raised dinette concept, usually with a café type table where two sit on one side and two on the other. Nice to sit up and see out the portlights having your coffee. This was mostly done in older boats. Rawson 30 for one.... with the galley opposite. Same as your picture but the table is raised up higher and the seating has backs either side of the table.
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