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Old 11-10-2008, 09:30   #1
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Galley up or down?

Planning to buy a cat suitable for long time live aboard and ocean crossing, I try to figure out the pros and cons with galley up or down. Spontaneously I feel that it must be nicer with galley up, being able to look around when sailing and easy communicate with the rest of the crew (family). Also it seemes easier to avoid seasickness that way, and also better ventilation when cooking.
Is it something I forget or don't see in this, or is it just a matter of taste?
What's your experience?

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Old 11-10-2008, 09:42   #2
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The majority of your time will be spent at anchor. A galley up layout is a much more sociable. The galley slave will not feel that he/she is relegated to the dungeon.
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Get a galley down that you can still communicate with the saloon. BC god forbid you have to cook on passage. My wife cooked in 8 foot seas in the gulf of mexico that were like 6 to 7 second intervals and I got a warm cooked meal
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for all the pros and cons you have read about gally up or down.
think of this
for every 100 hours you live on a boat not even 1 hour will be spent at sea cooking a meal
and are you realy going to buy a cat so big that when someone is in a galley down they wont be able to comunicate with the rest of the crew
wow thats some big cat best call it a lion?
lived on our cat for 4 years now and would rather the space in the saloon for a living space where we spend most of our time awake.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:56   #5
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Keep in mind... the reason galley up designs were introduced had nothing to do with communicating with the crew. The charter companies buy the majority of 30 something FT (granted 38 FT+) and 40+ foot cats. They needed the galley out of the hulls to make room for more state rooms. Galley up designs have 1/2 the space that galley down designs do. And with galley down designs there's no bumping other folks when preparing a meal.

Trust me, with galley down designs you 'communicate' just fine with the rest of the crew as you are 2 ft from the saloon. How far from the cockpit helm do you think you are going to be???? 8 feet??
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Up is where all the action is , on long cruises I spend 2 to 3 hours a day in the kitchen and I enjoy being with the rest of the crew being able to talk and dish out food to the in or outside table , I would never want a galley down , been there done that no more.
A kitchen is part of the social area so why have it tucked away into spots where one gets seasick and having to carry foo up and down all the time.

I enjoy cooking and preparing a good meal on a long voyage is very much appreciated by the whole crew
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:04   #7
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Keep in mind... the reason galley up designs were introduced had nothing to do with communicating with the crew. The charter companies buy the majority of 30 something FT (granted 38 FT+) and 40+ foot cats. They needed the galley out of the hulls to make room for more state rooms. Galley up designs have 1/2 the space that galley down designs do. And with galley down designs there's no bumping other folks when preparing a meal.

Trust me, with galley down designs you 'communicate' just fine with the rest of the crew as you are 2 ft from the saloon. How far from the cockpit helm do you think you are going to be???? 8 feet??
i could not agree more
privalage ruind the 37 when they turned it into a 39 and moved the gally up.
also i haved sailed a bb 385 and found it almost imposible to poor a cup of tea as ther was nowere to brace myself also no locker space for provisions had to keep stuf in the hull lockers!!.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:10   #8
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Up is where all the action is , on long cruises I spend 2 to 3 hours a day in the kitchen and I enjoy being with the rest of the crew being able to talk and dish out food to the in or outside table , I would never want a galley down , been there done that no more.
A kitchen is part of the social area so why have it tucked away into spots where one gets seasick and having to carry foo up and down all the time.

I enjoy cooking and preparing a good meal on a long voyage is very much appreciated by the whole crew

what the hell are you cooking that takes 2-3 hours one meal must run into the next you need some new recipes
and how many gas bottles to run the stove
we have two cooked meals a day and snaks and i make bread still wont add up to 2-3 hours.
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Galley up gets my vote

In a cat I've cruised galley-up in Lagoon 420 and galley-down in a Prout Snowgoose and, in my opinion, galley-up is one hundred times better. More room, more light, more sociable, better service to the cockpit dining area, easier access from all four corners of the boat, cook less suceptible to sea-sickness, nearer the centre of motion so cookware doesn't move around so much, cooking smells escape more easily, potential leaking gas or fumes from appliances less likely to collect in the cabins with fatal results, heat produced by fridge and freezer do not oppress the occupants of one of the cabins, the galley does not impede access to one of the cabins or mean you have to forgo a cabin entirely.

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Up is where all the action is ,
Never mind what he's cooking. If he has all the action, I want to sail on his boat as there's considerably less 'action' on mine.
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must be a 9 1/2 weeks thing going on glad i dont have to cleen up after !!!
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what the hell are you cooking that takes 2-3 hours one meal must run into the next you need some new recipes
and how many gas bottles to run the stove
we have two cooked meals a day and snaks and i make bread still wont add up to 2-3 hours.
I cook 3 to 4 meals a day plus bread, cakes, pastry etc on long cruises and make more use of the kitchen than any other place in the saloon area.
I do enjoy cooking but by all means stay down in your kitchen with small portholes to look out of. fine with me I just have a different idea about a kitchen and where it should be positioned.

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must be a 9 1/2 weeks thing going on glad i dont have to cleen up after !!!
I cruise in luxury with a dishwasher so no problem there

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Never mind what he's cooking. If he has all the action, I want to sail on his boat as there's considerably less 'action' on mine.
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I have a PDQ 36 with a galley down. The advantage for me is, the cabin top is lower. I don't have to climb up on a platform to see forward. Because of the lower profile, singlehanding is much easier. Everything on deck is much easier( less tiring)to reach.
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