Our Stevens 47 has the galley laid out in a straight line on the port side of the boat, with the sinks in the middle and the stove outboard
and still near the main companionway
. The amount of space between both sides of the galley is such that "wedging" oneself in place in heavy seas is both simple and safe, there are also ample hand-holds. The ability to walk through makes access easier and in general gives a more flowing floor plan that results in less traffic jams or crowding.
Given a choice, I would take the in-line layout in my boat over any U shaped galley I have experience with. The U galleys are too confined or restricted.
As for a U galley being better in heavy seas, first off I don't think it necessarily is (not as compared to my boat) and I think the overwhelming majority of sailors in a heavy sea are not going to be doing serious cooking.
This is one of those "issues" that matters far more on a BBS than in the real world. What percentage of the time cruising will spent at seas as opposed to at anchor
? Lets say you sail alot and spend 20% of your time actually under way. Now, what percentage of that time is spent in heavy seas? Probably a fairly small amount.
My point is that putting a huge emphasis on a U shaped galley, that may not really be better at all, is putting a key emphasis on something that may benefit you less than 1% of the time. I would suggest you would be better off focusing on aspects of the boat that effect the 99% instead.
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