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Old 06-10-2010, 01:57   #16
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I have heard that a port side galley is favored, because you can then heave-to for comfort on starboard tack while preparing meals (and so have right of way in many cases).
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Some well thought out suggestions, but I was once told the reason by an old sailor / boatbuilder. He used the same logic for most reefing line set up also.

His logic was that if you have to be flapping around and not totally in command, whether it be taking in a reef or cooking up a cup of tea down below, it is best that your boat has right of way over other boats that may approach you whilst that is going on.

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These are the reasons I have always understood to be the basis behind the tradition so I will second third this reason
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The only boats I know of that were designed with galley to starboard are those that race the Bermuda Race, most others are port side galley.
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There is all this stuff about head to port and galleys to port because it is safer being below on starboard tack. Yeah right.

I don't think this matters in 99.99% of the time you use the head or the galley. Shiva has the head and galley on the port side and both are primarily used in port and it doesn't matter and our coastal sail is 50-50 port and stbd tacks. Boo Hoo.
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; "While some argue that the traditional portside galley is more desirable when cruising oceans, the point is moot for a family coastal cruiser." Why would someone argue that? Why is a portside galley better than a starboard side galley when cruising oceans?
because on a 'standard' tropical circumnavigation a yacht will be on starboard tack more than port.
So its easier to have galley to port so its on the low side.

I have considered this over the last 2.5 years and I think it is correct for the majority.... but what actual percentage? 65%? Doesn't feel like 75% but much more than 50%.

I'd say 65 to 70%? Maybe? Dunno. Can someone with Maxsea work it out?


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Mine is starboard, do you think I'll be ok?
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Mine is starboard, do you think I'll be ok?
Of course. You'll be fine.

We have never had a problem on the port tack because the galley has the stairs behind so we can brace ourselves into.
If you dont have a good bracing point you may be able to fit a wide web belt to lean back against. It can be the perfect way to cook!

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I'm in favor of the "U" shaped galley, and I always seem to be on the uphill side of the boat when I'm cooking.
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