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Re: Catalina 42 ... Why not?

Originally Posted by JimMcGee View Post
Here's a question for those living with Catalina 42.

How well does the in-line galley on the tri-cabin models work compared to the L-shaped galley on the two cabin models?

It seems like the in-line galley would be inconvenient cooking or even making snacks underway and handing food up into the cockpit.

And for those with the pullman berth, do you find it comfortable for two adults?

We had a "Euro-Style" galley on our prior boat that we sailed for 20+ years and it really proved no worse than an aft J or L-shaped Galley. When it's to windward one just leans into the grab rail and when its to leeward one hooks a waist-belt to the grab rails and leans back against that. On the C-42, the back rest for the center bench of the dinette makes a convenient support for one's posterior.

The Pullman berth is actually quite comfortable but a bit inconvenient at sea unless one has slots along the center-line of the mattress that allow one to rig lee-cloths, otherwise tacks can be very exciting. Frankly, I know no one that uses them for other than storage on a passage as, being forward of the mast, the motion is a bit much. On our boat we rig lee-cloths on the salon seats and the pilot berth and sleep there, or, in the quarter cabin, which is convenient to the cockpit if one is needed.

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