I hear you don't want the galley down but on a live aboard with a familygalley down is the way yo go depending on the boat. Take a look at the Antares 44i and read Ted Clement's blog. There is a lot to consider. Circumnavigation and a protected helm...way to go. Check out liveantares.com
The A44i galley is integral with the salon.
The design as not a galley "up" or galley "down" but rather a "galley all".
Works well at anchor (cook can watch salon tv) or in a seaway when lower is better for cooking.