Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-09-2012, 08:28   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Seacoast NH/Southern Maine
Boat: Gulfstar 1978 Mark II Ketch 43'
Posts: 4
The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

So we pulled the trigger and it's all working out (rather smoothly, which has us worried) that we'll be sailing our new (to us) liveaboard cruiser, a 1978 43' Gulfstar Mark II down to our marina this weekend! Over the next 3 weeks we'll be moving aboard and doing the purge of all of our land life possessions. We've already gotten rid of all the furniture and anything that for sure isn't going aboard but we haven't yet dealt with our kitchen. So I thought I'd get some advice from seasoned liveaboards...

What are the must-haves in the galley?

What did you move aboard that you ended up never needing/using?

If you had a wish list for your galley what would it be?

Do you really need to only use plastic plates, cups, etc?

Any refits to your storage/cabinetry that you did that was a gamechanger?

Moisture issues for cooking ingredients?

I really like to cook and can be pretty ambitious at times which I don't expect will stop once aboard, just change. I want to be sure we have what we need to cook up good, nutritious and hearty food to get through our first winter aboard in New Hampshire!

Any tips, lists, thoughts would be very appreciated!

Cheers!
__________________

__________________
dinks14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 09:02   #2
Registered User
 
Sailormantx's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Newfoundland
Boat: 42' Colvin Gazelle
Posts: 252
Images: 2
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

dinks14, no wish list for my galley, it is (overly) well equipped as I do enjoy cooking. A few thoughts on the galley: Skip the plastic stuff, it is hard to clean and gets ugly fast. Correlle looks great and is nearly unbreakable, I have dropped plates and bowls on deck with no breakage(yet). Glasses get wrapped in towels and put away when sailing, I use coffee mugs almost exclusively underway, they can be had cheap at any thrift store. West marine has a volcano shaped stainless coffee mug that that is impossible to tip over. Cast iron pans are great, just keep the oiled and never, never rinse in saltwater. A short piece of chain around pans on the oven rack will help keep them from sliding around when baking underway.
Electric gadgets work well enough on the inverter, but take up a lot of space, I only have a blender and coffee grinder.
In short, anything you use in a house will work afloat with a little care, just beware of getting galley toys that you seldom use as space is at a premium.
__________________

__________________
Sailormantx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 09:10   #3
Registered User
 
ReMetau's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Marathon, FL
Boat: Hans Christian 33
Posts: 648
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Second the Correlle plates and bowls.
I also suggest a nice pressure cooker since they cut down a lot of propane use.
We use stainless steel coffee cups and water bottles daily.
A nice set of knives.
We use a Seal-a-meal since we buy larger pieces of meat or whole chickens and then break them up on the boat and freeze.
Other than a few pans and utensils, most of what we have we got while on the boat.
__________________
Don & Diana
s/v ReMetau - a Hans Christian 33
http://www.remetau.com
ReMetau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 09:15   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 542
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

I found that bei it cooking on my boat or in the camper, what was needed was what was used mostly at home. My favorite utincels at home are the ones taken. I also like things that serve a multiple purpose, my old mess kit fork has an opening in the end of the handle that can open a bottle. What I eat at home is what I eat out, cooking in the same manner but usually in smaller quanities. You can always get rid of stuff as you narrow down what you use most. Unbreakable, I stay away from glass.
__________________
Wavewacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 09:22   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,130
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Equip it like you would do at home. Just because you're on a boat doesn't mean you go camping. Most folks do not change their eating habits. So what you use at home will be fine. We do not use plastic dishes or glasses. We use a small food processor rather than the big home unit. That's the only "convenience" item we have. Get good pots and pans, not cheap ones. As for cooking ingredients, we get all new spices every year as we only cruise in the winter and the spices lose their potency. We do not use a barbecue so a good cast iron pan does the trick for steaks.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 10:21   #6
Registered User
 
Tortuga's Lie's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Tartan 4100
Posts: 384
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Ohhhh, ahhhhh...........galley gadgets
Things that I have found that we use on a daily basis is an insulated french press that holds about 4 mugs full: (or similar)
Planetary Design Table Top Stainless Steel French Presses 32oz Brushed Stainless: Amazon.com: Home & Kitchen

Pressure cooker is great for one-pot meals

9" cast iron skillet for searing, blackened fish etc

9" Scanpan non-stick (titanium/ceramic)

We also have a small set of good chef knives in a wooden knife block secured to the bulkhead with a shield that prevents knives from flying.
__________________
Tortuga's Lie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 10:51   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 19,334
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

*Lightweight frying pan.
*You dont need a bunch of saucepans... only so many burners. I found that Revereware makes extra deep models. They dont come in the pan sets though. We ended up with just two a large and small in the extra deep ones.
*Pressure cooker.
*A single lever faucet is much easier to use and wastes less water.
*I always make a little shelf inside one lower cabinet door (usually under the sink) the trash can rests on that bungied to the door. Just swing it open to use.
*Forget electric appliances... unless you are really into blending etc.
*a small microwave is very nice. I found once in southern lattitudes, I drank way less coffee...or hot drinks... some days none. So heating one cup of water quickly without creating a bunch of heat is nice.
* A good filet knife!
* Insulated Glasses! Insulated Glasses!
The problem isnt as much storing a bunch of stuff you dont use much, it's rummaging around it to get to the stuff you DO use! KISS.
__________________
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard











Cheechako is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 11:08   #8
Moderator
 
nigel1's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Manchester, UK
Boat: Beneteau 473
Posts: 5,180
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Got some heavy pans which have handles that turn allowing for easy stowing, and a fold flat colander, that is neat, takes up very little room.
Same thoughts about the plastic plates, dont bother, look tatty very quickly
__________________
Nigel
Beneteau 473
Manchester, UK
nigel1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 11:15   #9
Registered User
 
Sailormantx's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Newfoundland
Boat: 42' Colvin Gazelle
Posts: 252
Images: 2
Thumbs up Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Quote:
Things that I have found that we use on a daily basis is an insulated french press that holds about 4 mugs full: (or similar)
Planetary Design Table Top Stainless Steel French Presses 32oz Brushed Stainless: Amazon.com: Home & Kitchen
This is the best,nearly 3 years and have not broken it. Used to use glass presses, but broke them on a regular basis in the sink. Tried some cheaper stainless models, they did not work so well.
__________________
Sailormantx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 11:40   #10
cruiser

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tampa Bay area
Boat: Hunter 31'
Posts: 5,731
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Quote:
Originally Posted by dinks14 View Post
So we pulled the trigger and it's all working out (rather smoothly, which has us worried) that we'll be sailing our new (to us) liveaboard cruiser, a 1978 43' Gulfstar Mark II down to our marina this weekend! Over the next 3 weeks we'll be moving aboard and doing the purge of all of our land life possessions. We've already gotten rid of all the furniture and anything that for sure isn't going aboard but we haven't yet dealt with our kitchen. So I thought I'd get some advice from seasoned liveaboards...

What are the must-haves in the galley?

What did you move aboard that you ended up never needing/using?

If you had a wish list for your galley what would it be?

Do you really need to only use plastic plates, cups, etc?

Any refits to your storage/cabinetry that you did that was a gamechanger?

Moisture issues for cooking ingredients?

I really like to cook and can be pretty ambitious at times which I don't expect will stop once aboard, just change. I want to be sure we have what we need to cook up good, nutritious and hearty food to get through our first winter aboard in New Hampshire!

Any tips, lists, thoughts would be very appreciated!

Cheers!
For moisture control, double zip-lock bag moisture sensitive stuff. The double bagging is a good idea anyway because maybe one of the bags won't close.

I wash my dishes in very little water by wiping them thoroughly with a paper towel first.

I don't have anything in my galley that can't serve three purposes. They don't all have to be galley-related, but I have no "one task only" items in my galley.

I've learned to do a lot of cooking in one pan. The last thing you want is lots of clean-up.
__________________
Rakuflames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 11:45   #11
Registered User
 
ranger42c's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maryland, USA
Boat: 42' Sportfish
Posts: 2,981
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

A set of GOOD nesting post/pans, with removable handle. Welcome Aboard used to sell a set, I think made by Cuisinart; stainless with aluminum heat sink in the bases and the big lid is also a non-stick skillet. I saw recently that somebody else sells 'em, decent price, but sorry I can't remember who/where...

Corelle good. Small to medium crock pot useful is you have electricity. Pressure cooker good. Pyrex bakeware if you have a convection oven. Size everything to fit your storage.

-Chris
__________________
Selby Bay, South River, Chesapeake Bay, USA.
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 11:47   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,172
Images: 15
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Here, check these sites. Also do a search here. This subject is well covered

The Boat Galley
The Boat Galley

Janet Groene's Boat Cook
Janet Groene's BoatCook
__________________
tamicatana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 12:23   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St Louis, MO
Boat: Gulfstar 43 ketch
Posts: 160
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Definitely a stainless french press and we have a set of cuisinart stainless nesting cookware that we really like. I would also be interested in talking to you about your Gulfstar. We have a 1979 Mk II. If you get a chance could you email me?
Thanks,
Kevin
__________________
kbudd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 17:28   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: W Carib
Boat: Wildcat 35, Hobie 33
Posts: 7,909
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

Top on the list is our stainless french press. Very durable, can be rinsed in salt water with no effect, and double walled so that it keeps the coffee warm. Losing it would be a crisis -- so I have two aboard!

Thermos Nissan 34-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press: Amazon.com: Kitchen & Dining

We also have a good quality stainless thermos aboard which we top up for overnight legs.

Next up a good quality chef's knife or two.

I also keep a separate set of knives and cutting board just for cleaning fish -- that way I don't muck up the good stuff in the galley.

A machete for chopping coconuts.

And, an ice pick which was transitioned to the tool box.... Years ago on my first cruising boat, while I was cleaning out all the galley junk from the previous owner I found an ice pick. I thought, why do I need an ice pick on a boat that does not even have refrigeration? I thought about tossing it, but hung on it it. Countless times when I was trying to pick something out of a hole or align small parts...the ice pick would do the trick. Now, many years and several boats later, it still lives in my toolbox -- not in the galley.
__________________
belizesailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 18:59   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Montegut LA.
Boat: Now we need to get her to Louisiana !! she's ours
Posts: 3,421
Re: The Galley - Must haves, Don't Needs, Wish List

All the above stuff is great!!, but here's some timey tricks !! Use a few grains of rice in your salt and pepper shakers! keeps em from turning in to a lump !! Rice will dry out a bunch of stuff, put it into a cloth bag and put in your sugar container, flour, ect you can also dry you small electronic stuff,(cell phones ect) In your rice container. just a couple of things Ive used to help out over the years !!
__________________

__________________
Bob and Connie
bobconnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
galley

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:04.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.