Buying a 1st boat
I personally like the Galley being at the foot of the companionway. If I''m cooking I can just pass the food up to the helm. If I''m single-handed, or my crew (family) is asleep, I can hop down and grab something from the fridge or pour some coffee without being far from the helm. Also, the heat and moisture from the stove vents right on out of the boat. I wouldn''t have it any other way.
Now, I did have a Rhodes once, where the companionway was RIGHT in the middle of the galley (icebox and sink on the left, companionway in the center and prep surface and stove on the right, looking aft). That was a pain.
Off to the boat for a week''s cruise to St.Augustine...