Galley tour – part 1

Although I have previously discussed my Galley I have never shown the details.  Get ready to read all about it!

The Galley is U-shaped with one leg of the U being the engine box, at the bottom of the U are the sink and icebox, and the stove/counter are the other leg of the U.

Let’s start at the engine box.  This counter space is what makes the galley so nice, though the countertop itself is not in great shape.

We use the big cutting board to distract people from how rough the counter looks. Is it working?
We use the big cutting board to distract people from how rough the counter looks. Is it working?

Because this surface is so handy it’s where anything and everything gets stashed when working on a project.  Everything… like when we did our initial cleaning.

Pretty clean, considering what we were working with...
Pretty clean, considering what we were working with…

Or like when the boatyard was fixing things and the counter came back to us with deep gouges, stains, scratches, and epoxy splatters.  It wasn’t pristine to begin with but it certainly wasn’t taken care of in the manner that I would have expected.  ANYWAY…enough kvetching about the boatyard!  The engine box provides a huge, uninterrupted expanse of counter space; it’s where Walter lives and where most of the chopping/mixing/prepping happens.  It’s also where dirty dishes get piled (hey, nobody’s perfect).  Under the counter are two drawers stacked on top of each other, one for silverware and one for cooking utensils.

Silverware on top.
Silverware on top.

The engine box can rotate back on hinges toward the companionway to allow access to the engine underneath which makes everything in the drawers shift to the side.  This is not a problem and the engine access is so  convenient!  On the other side of the engine box is a drawer for linens holding fabric napkins, pot holders, place mats, and aprons.

We so fancy...
We so fancy…

Next, at the bottom of the U, is the sink.  It’s a 10″ deep double sink and there is a faint logo of Cruise Line etched on each back side (I can find nothing about this brand; Google searches just give me loads of Disney vacation pictures).

Sink (or Water Disposal Unit as some superstitious sailors like to say)
Sink (or Water Disposal Unit as some superstitious sailors like to say)

I talked about how I cleaned one side of it during our cleaning-fest but I’ve still never gotten it as clean and shiny as I would like it to be.   Although it’s dull it certainly is functional!

Under the sink is a shelf holding our roll-out garbage can (follow this link to see something similar).  We had to cut 6-ish inches off the top to accommodate our drain pipes, which makes it pretty short, but we don’t need to keep that much garbage anyway…  My cleaning products are stored on the shelf next to the garbage can.  Underneath the shelf are our freshwater and saltwater foot pumps.  The freshwater pump works and the saltwater pump doesn’t.  Eventually, when we get ready to leave the Hudson, we will fix the one for saltwater.  There’s no point at the moment; if we tried to use it now we might suck up a diaper or something even more unpleasant.

Next to the sink is the infamous icebox that caused such grief.

Icebox on the left. I have cutting boards everywhere; this one goes on top of one side of the sink.
Icebox on the left. I have cutting boards everywhere; this one fits over one side of the sink.

Currently it’s just a big, empty, insulated stainless steel box with access from the top.  It needs a bit of work (like more insulation, new seals around the access top, a new compressor, drip pan, etc, etc, etc, etc…) before it’s functional.

Winston was very confused about why this was open and what was in there.
Winston was very confused about why this was open and what was in there.

Right now it’s difficult to get in to so we don’t.  Our plan is to turn it into a freezer for deep storage (and ice; we need plenty of ice!)

Lots of room for ice!
Lots of room for ice!

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow!

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