We really love this area. The enclosed galley is opposite the saloon and is the focal
point of the boat. There is loads of space and the large teak oval table folds down
at one side to make even more space (it swivels too for easier access to the sofa
behind.) The table will take up to six on the sofa and another couple on folding
chairs. The custom sofa seating is a golden brocade finish and can be used as an
extra bunk if needed. There are two 240V sockets concealed behind the back of the
sofa and two further sockets on the side. With a very small modification the saloon
area could be curtained off to provide an additional double cabin if required without
impeding access around the boat.
There is a large smoked finish Lewmar hatch with quick release stainless steel security
bars and a dorade vent for ventilation. The ceiling is white glossed tongue and groove
throughout with recessed LED lighting. The saloon side wall against the hull is also
of the same finish and has two portlights with a varnished sapele pelmet with separately
switchable LED lighting behind. There is a varnished sapele bookshelf below the ports
with brass retaining bar. The end walls are varnished teak panelling with an old
gimballed brass oil lamp at the forward end and a built in teak cupboard at the aft
The flooring is teak parquet with lifting panels to several storage areas and for
access to pipework. There is a large dry insulated area that we use for storage
of tinned and bottled goods (7 crates + will fit into this space!) and a smaller
uninsulated area that is currently used for fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs etc.
The flexible water tank is underneath the floor at the aft end of the saloon and
is filled from deck level or from the watermaker. There is a double radiator which
keeps the saloon and pilot house warm.
There is yet more storage underneath the seating (4 large lockers) and two more to
the back which we use for storage of dry goods.
There are two large varnished turned teak poles at either side of the entrance to
the galley which provide solid handholds and there is also a safety strap which clips
across the entrance to the galley making a safe enclosed space in which to work when
The galley has teak cupboard doors and a polished marble work surface with teak fiddle
rail and marble tiled splashback. It has a full size stainless steel sink with drainer
sink and draining board, a gimballed Plastimo Neptune 5000 3 burner gas hob, grill
and cooker, and a full size domestic fridge behind a teak door. The fridge is AAA
rated and has extra insulation added all round. It draws cooling air from the bilges
and discharges at ceiling level to improve efficiency. There is a custom designed
cupboard space for the microwave/convection oven.
A small Lewmar hatch with integral push-up ventilator is situated above the cooker
which is great for getting rid of steam and heat from the cooker.
Food and drink can also be served directly up to the table in the pilot house via
the lifting grille located above the sink and made of turned wooded spindles – this
also provides further ventilation and light in the galley
There is also a custom designed space with 240V supply beneath a removable section
of the worktop for the bread oven and associated ingredients.
There is a large amount of storage in the under-sink cupboard as well as space for
pots and pans under the cooker and in a cupboard under the work surface. In addition
there are 5 eye level cupboards, one of which is very large. There is plenty of safe
storage for cups and glasses in a custom built wooden rack opposite the cooker and
on top of this is a small work surface which can be used for serving into the saloon.
In addition to recessed lighting above, there is LED strip lighting below the cupboards
to light the worktop and 2 x double gang 240V brass sockets.