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Old 24-09-2012, 07:00   #1
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Galley Position

Galley up or bellow on 37 foot Cat any pointers from Cat owners???
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Old 24-09-2012, 07:14   #2
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Re: Galley Position

It a personal preference.

My personal preference as a Captain is Galley up.

1) You always have another person on watch.
2) Much better for entertaining guest in the cockpit.
3) Much less treading up and down stairs.
4) First mate can enjoy the view while cooking.
5) Can have a conversation between galley and helm.
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Old 24-09-2012, 07:51   #3
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Thanks for your comment, very valid comments I have been considering galley up good to have positive feed back.
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Re: Galley Position

prefer the galley down as it provides more room in saloon. And it seems that there is more storage with galley down
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Old 24-09-2012, 07:55   #5
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Re: Galley Position

I think it's similar to if you want an open floorplan in your home. Do you want the galley more isolated, or in with the living area?
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Re: Galley Position

If you have galley down nobody can see you drop that piece of chicken on the floor. An open area between the galley and saloon can prevent the chef from feeling so isolated.
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Our galley is up - poor storage, little counterspace, but bright and not isolated. On a cat less than 40', I imagine having your galley up will seriously impact living space and nav. station. I have been in some "down" galleys that look like dark tunnels, but I've also seen ones that are bright and still connected to the living space. The counterspace and storage in those "down" galleys makes me weep with envy. I think you should choose based on a specific layout, instead of a general principle of "up" or "down."
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Old 24-09-2012, 12:37   #8
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Re: Galley Position

Here is how much storage we have on a 36 foot boat. Plenty !!!!
Cabinets everywhere.
Plus a bunch more storage under the seating.
Plenty of good view all the way around.
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Galley up or bellow on 37 foot Cat any pointers from Cat owners???
For your boat - if so what does Mark say? Designers do things for a reason, particularly good ones like Mark Pescott, ask him for a view?
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Re: Galley Position

Up or down often comes back to the room available in the saloon. If not enough room a galley in the saloon will be a compromise. For instance both Seawind and Lightwave (using Aussie examples) have very effective galleys down . Galley up in these vessels would be a compromise.

The new Freeflow 46 by comparison has so much room in saloon (6x4m) anything but galley up would be silly.
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Old 24-09-2012, 21:28   #11
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It a personal preference.

My personal preference as a Captain is Galley up.

1) You always have another person on watch.
2) Much better for entertaining guest in the cockpit.
3) Much less treading up and down stairs.
4) First mate can enjoy the view while cooking.
5) Can have a conversation between galley and helm.
Space permitting, I'm also all for a galley up.

Another point to consider is that if people are prone to seasickness or you're on a rough passage, I find it a lot less taxing to prepare food in a galley up. From a safety perspective, you're also able to keep an eye on what's happening outside from a galley up.
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Old 25-09-2012, 00:27   #12
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Galley up on a cat of that size usually means something essential to cooking is "down". This could be the fridge, pantry, cooking pots or more. Bench space is minimal. So you spend your time leaping up and down those stairs.
Galley down can be very connected to the saloon both visually and to chat. See the Lightwave 38 or smaller Seawinds. Lots of light, you can see out and heaps more storage.
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Old 25-09-2012, 00:52   #13
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Re: Galley Position

The Cat involved is an easy 37 built to sell only its my part time interest have been working on boats for years. Still working out how far to go before selling, thought of completing to sail away with motors sail`s all structural fit out hence the question about Galley preference. Has lots of mods from normal 37.
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Old 25-09-2012, 05:27   #14
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We love our galley up. We usually eat in the cockpit and its great to be both near that as well as the salon. It does impact salon space more so on our 32 I would say but when the chefs cooking we stay out of her way if we want our food... storage is np counter space not so bad. On galley down she didn't like the feeling in a seaway. Galley up facing aft she has never been bothered by the seas.
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Old 25-09-2012, 05:45   #15
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Re: Galley Position

Up. Personally, in addition to the aforementioned, I prefer the burny bits further away from the floaty bits :-)

Edit: come to think, it's not a bad thing to have less storage space in that keeping weight down is so important
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