We've reached an impass in the re-design of our Seafarer 34 and need input. Basically the problem is the galley and making it work with the other features we demand in the layout of our vessels cabin. Most ships our size have the galley crammed into the quarter of the ship and while this is efficient for multiple reasons it is also tight, and I am 6'4". Additionally the hull design of our ship rakes the hull curvature into a bit of a canoe stern so there is precious little flat sole area as you get into the quarters. AND the engine covers footprint is large, I have made every attempt to shrink it but the prop tube is where it is. So, that said we designed a galley that would reside midship, with the main counter housing the stove and ice box running along the starboard hull. The galley sink is central to aid in drainage when heeled and is in a tradition location. Here are the benefits of our design as I see them:
1.)Two full 6' 4" quarter berths
2.)full size chart table integrated into starboard berth and protected in nook along with electronics
3.) large counter space with plenty of room to dodge spills and falling knives
4.) open feel to cabin, food prep easier more enjoyable
5.)salon features convertible dinette to serve as two person berth for port stops, vessel preserves 6 full berths two of which are sought after quarters for rough seas
6.) We have not lost any storage space and we are happy with the design to our eye
AND the cons or concessions:
1.) we give up seating space facing each other in the salon for entertaining
2.) maybe we do not need all the counter space
3.) we may be going to far from tradition and hurting resale value down the road??!!
I am looking for input on whether this has design merit, and whether or not this would appeal down the road to a potential buyer? That is very important because I like to have options and if this is a terrible design that no one will want than that is a problem; I do not want to hurt resale in a big way. I have heard some complain over lack of usable counter space so maybe this is a plus? I am not sure we will do much entertaining on this vessel, but it is always nice to have the option. This boat is a live aboard for two people as we plan on coastal cruising and maybe a skip across the Atlantic at some point. We have done our best to make the most out of our ships hull and architecture, she is an older design but we love her and want to strike fair compromises where we can. Please see our album to see the layout, cannot upload directly to this right now. THANKS in advance for any constructive input.