Tamicatana, you make a generic suggestion that the "galley down boats' galleys are like dungeons" - which galley-down boats are you referring to? Do you consider your cabins to be like dungeons - afterall, they too are installed in the hulls?
The fact is that a galley-down in a cat is typically much brighter than the galley on a typical monohull - there is generally less of the hull
below the waterline and headroom
is typically much better (and better than in a galley-up on a cat). What is more, a number of cats not only share the same ceiling as the saloon
, but have an opening to it so that the cook can share in the converastion. My boat, for example, has an approximately six foot long opening at shoulder height for the cook into the saloon
, a large fixed portlight and an additonal opening portlight at eye level, an overhead hatch
and a solar
vent. It also has about 7 1/2 feet of headroom
and is anything but 'dungeon-like'.
As to splitting the weight from side to side - on my boat the galley is on the starboard side, but the two head
compartments, the holding tank
, the largest of the water
tanks, the water
heater, the work bench and spares storage
are all on the port side, balancing out the weight. While you may prefer putting your weight up high, for the purpose of stability it really is best to keep it low.