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Old 08-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #21
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I like my galley up since my boat's only 34 ft. On a small boat like this, it helps to have dual purpose space to fit in all the desired comforts. I wanted 2 staterooms, a separate shower in the head, a FB, a cockpit and full walkarounds. I got that with reduced salon size and a galley up plopped right there in the salon. The smaller the boat, the more dual purpose area compromises you need to make (wet head) ...or give something up (no shower or no 2nd stateroom).



With larger boats of 40 ft or more, there are more options for a dedicated galley, either up or down, to separate the seating and cooking spaces.
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:07 PM   #22
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I've been called out for my "reply to those who replied"

I will back pedal here and offer an apology to you. I mistakenly took your reply to be a second one from another poster.

If there was a Smiley handshake, I would offer it.
That is very nice of you!!

My galley is interesting and actually works really well. One step down and the dinette is on right. Two more steps anthe galley is mostly to port but occupies that entire space with a head to starboard and the v berth forward. So the dinette is part of both spaces and allows extra seating in the salon. So while it is technically down, it is nicely integrated into the entire space.
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:08 PM   #23
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Our galley is 3 steps down, and only partially separated from the saloon and dinette. Which means the cooking (and clean-up) area is private, or not, depending on who's doing what where.


On our earlier 34, the galley was down, as was the dinette. In this current boat, we have a pesky second stateroom, which means the dinette can't be down there too.


OTOH, we do very much prefer the dinette UP on the saloon level, no matter where the galley is. It would be even better if we could see the horizon from the dinette, but the bottoms of the side and front windows start too high for that. (A more recent build of our model appears to have raised the dinette a bit, possibly solving that.)


In both boats -- we had no choice where the galley was. The rest of the boat features determined our choice in boat, and the galley is/was where it is/was.


And we've adapted to that easily enough.


OTOH, if the galley were up and forward, we'd lose saloon space... and we value to space in the saloon (with attached dinette). Ditto if the galley were up and aft, although that does seem to maybe offer some useful/faster access to meals in the cockpit or on the bridge. (Just guessing whether that might be worthwhile, or not.)


Bottom line In think is that many other features were drivers for us, galley location -- not so much. Within reason. And galley down has been a non-issue.


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Old 08-05-2015, 04:17 PM   #24
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:32 PM   #25
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:40 PM   #26
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My 48 sporty is a galley up config. It works fine as I dont have a lower con station in the saloon, and the galley is forward, large settee to stb. We have Incredible amounts of storage in the galley, for a boat anyway. We dont cook underway. My 50 foot trawler has the galley/dinette down, as low as possible, and pretty much isolated from the saloon. It even has a louvered split door to further isolate it. And 4 steps down to get there. Its close to the middle of the boat and again, as low as possible. It was designed (by me) to be useable underway, even in less than ideal conditions. A galley up would be unuseable in anything except calm water, or at the dock. I designed the entire layout on my trawler to be used on the go. Lots of small close spaces, no big ballroom areas. Secure stowage everywhere possible. I think the galley up would be good for the way most boats are used,and my sporty is proof of that. But you aint gonna cook bacon and eggs with any kind of sea runnin. My trawler on the other hand would be fine with it.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:27 PM   #27
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My galley is in the starboard-forward part of the saloon, opposite a desk. The two settees and folding table are aft of the galley. The pilothouse sits several steps higher and between the saloon and master stateroom. The galley is low and in the center of the boat where it belongs.





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Old 08-05-2015, 05:49 PM   #28
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Hi HW,

Our PNW Sedan Cruiser is a very modest design by a rather well known PNW naval architect and while modest I would consider the boat to have a pilothouse design with the galley down. From the pilothouse there are 3 steps down forward to the galley/salon and 3 steps down to the aft cabin. For us it works well, but I can see the advantage of the galley up design as well. We chose this boat as much for the economics as for the design. But I have to admit I am enamored with anything "Monk" and the Roughwater 35/ 37/ 41/ 42 boats are as affordable as it gets.

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Old 08-05-2015, 06:12 PM   #29
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We have the same configuration as Pineapple Girl on our 35ft aft cabin, which is called a Polarus in Australia. Like many replies it was a personal choice but with us it was a must have for my wife as she was involved in the process of buying our boat and liked the galley down for the spacious feel of a high overhead, a port for her to see out if she wanted and only 2 steps into the salon with much more space there. Anybody working in the galley down in a 35fter is still involved with others in the salon if they want to be particularly when the grandkids and their parents are on board believe me!!
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:19 PM   #30
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we like having it a bit out of sight. Not sure it matters much but rolling is less down lower.
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:29 PM   #31
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Trade offs abound!

Linda wants galley up for ability to be with folks (especially me, as we usually boat simply as a couple) As well as she loves to see through big salon windows while cooking. That works well for us. We have easy chairs in the salon.
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Both my helm and galley are in the saloon and here are my thoughts (justifications)

Pros-

At anchor or socialising, the cook is part of the conversation; harder for guests to ignore the used dish stack, therefore more washing up volunteers.

At sea, 360* sightlines from galley allows on-watch to self-cater.

Cons-

At sea, greater working-light discipline is required on night passages.


In reality, for me it's never the major compromise and I'd adapt.
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:25 PM   #33
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:44 PM   #34
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...harder for guests to ignore the used dish stack, therefore more washing up volunteers.
I really like this and have never thought of it. The only thing I despise more than cooking is cleaning up. I simply don't do either one. Ever. My wife is fine with this--- she doesn't like changing the oil in all our vehicles and boats and doesn't do that. Ever. But it's nice when guests chip in with the washing up so she gets a break.

Of course if we had a galley down boat I guess we could just leave all the dirty plates and serving dishes on the table until a guest volunteered to clean up.

Great strategy, though. I'll pass it on to my wife so she can make it a conscious act from now on when we have other people on board.
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To me it's simply where do I have the need for space. On a boat that could still have a decent salon, has a nice aft deck and has a flybridge, I wouldn't choose galley down because I prefer it adjacent to the daytime living area. That gives space for the staterooms as well.

However, take an open boat or a coupe with no bridge. Now living space is in short supply. If on that boat I could still fit the staterooms needed then galley down allows more comfort during the day. It's a space issue often and just what am I most willing to give up. Some boats would really not have a very decent salon with a galley up.

Another factor to some is how much do you cook and eat on the boat. I know an owner who never uses the galley, going from dock to dock and eating on shore. He uses his boat like a day cruiser even if far from home. With no bridge then having space up all open for enjoyment makes sense. A galley that he wouldn't use would take up space he does use all the time.
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I like my galley up since my boat's only 34 ft. On a small boat like this, it helps to have dual purpose space to fit in all the desired comforts. I wanted 2 staterooms, a separate shower in the head, a FB, a cockpit and full walkarounds. I got that with reduced salon size and a galley up plopped right there in the salon.

With larger boats of 40 ft or more, there are more options for a dedicated galley, either up or down, to separate the seating and cooking spaces.
Both my wife & I had the same requirements although we added more speed to the equation. We have two staterooms & heads but only one shower. We also have a dinette in place of a down helm which we love.
(The fly bridge is enclosed on all 4 sides so one can drive comfortably up there even in inclement weather.)
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Wonderful! Those sounding off here appear happy with their choices even if compromised as needed.


I've noticed that males tend to congregate in the raised pilothouse while the ladies like the saloon when socializing.








When underway without guests, Perla splits her time between the saloon and pilothouse while I remain at the helm.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:51 PM   #38
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In our old 35 Senator, we had galley down, but no forward cabin. The V-berth was the dinette. However, it opened up the salon to be really big for an aft cabin 35-footer. We liked it a lot.

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Old 08-05-2015, 09:43 PM   #39
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We have a pilothouse boat, Galley up. For us the cooking is part of the social part of the boat.

The pilothouse gives us good separation for night cruising but we don't do much of that since in the summer the sun doesn't go down until Very late or not at all here in Alaska



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Really interesting pics. I think preferences have a lot to do with how the boat is used, how many onboard, etc. The fwd dinette in what would be a V-berth in Tom`s boat is a great set up for a couple.
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