Sandy, I too am a fan of the 'galley down' arrangement, particularly if there is an opening from the galley into the main saloon
. It provides better bracing for the cook than most galley up arrangements, more counter/storage space (especially in smaller cats) and, most importantly, keeps the heaviest part of the accomodation/stores down low for better stability/capsize resistance.
In my boat it has also left space for a full sized chart table/nav station in the bridgedeck accomodation, which is almost impossible to achieve in cats under 40 feet that also have a large galley up. In my opinion, the nav station needs
to be near the cockpit
, whereas the galley does not.