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Midships galley? Pros/Cons

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.

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

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While you only have a 10'beam; SBD sez ya have quite a large-ish dinette/booth to Port and a bit (!) of settee to Stbd. That is where ya wanna put the galley, no?
I've been aboard an old Columbia (?) that had a nice, linear galley to STBD and a LOT less sole and beam that looked like it would work...so I don't see an issue...other than the obvious you state.

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

I think your intended 'edge of counter top' 'stick' line is too far outboard (and top too narrow) to be useful.. and the galley slave will be 'standing' on the rising part of the hull at a natural distance from it. Also, making typical use of the under-deck/against the hull space for convenient cubbies would leave very little countertop left over..

If you move it inboard say 4 - 6 inches you'll gain a lot of storage and it might be more comfortable to work there.
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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

Yeah the stick is in a rough location to illustrate the overall idea, should be moved out further. There was another con that came to mind; steam evacuation while cooking. I think we can live with ventilating out of a port light and a fan circulating the air, can't have too much humidity cruising the Caribbean sea after all...ha. I have not seen this layout in many other vessels, we were wondering if its a detractor for the potential sailboat consumer in general?

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

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I do not want to hurt resale in a big way.
That ship has already sailed. When you completely redesign the interior to fit your needs... Well, it fits YOUR needs. The average buyer who is looking for a Seafarer 34, is looking for a Seafarer 34. They are not looking for a Seafarer 34 that has been rebuilt to the specific wants and needs of one particular person.

If you are concerned about resale value, then leave the boat as the designer designed it, and the builder built it.

Since you're already past that, build it the way that will best suit you and forget about resale value. Accept the fact that--come resale time--you are going to have to price it to appeal to that particular buyer who just happens to have the same tastes as you, rather than for the general mass of potential buyers out there.

Good luck to you, whatever you end up doing.

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

considering that the original owner bought a hull and fitted it out using non marine ply wood with single layer tabbing on all bulkheads I would say that anything is an improvement. If a bunch of experienced sailors on this site told us that it was insane to give up the midship seating in lieu of a spacious kitchen we would take that under advisement because we have not committed to this design yet. Alternatively if a number of people were thrilled with the idea of having a galley counter bigger than a shoe closet and felt like this was a great upgrade over what most factory boats offer than that would also be helpful input. It seems that the trend out of the factories starting in the 70s was an arms race in number of berths as an advertising point. In the end we know adding anything to a production factory built boat changes your perspective buyer interest down the road, but if you change something in a way that makes it totally unappealing to the general masses than that may not be a great idea. If I can put it another way; does anyone out there feel burdened or cramped by the quarters galley layout? If you could would you expand your galley? We have not cruised or lived aboard so we are asking those who have.

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

I think a linear galley can work, esp at anchor.. maybe not so much at sea. But a proper U shaped galley that's useful, effective and usable at sea requires space that the average 30ish footer can't provide.

I'd say if YOU"RE OK with the loss of seating, down the road you'll appreciate the larger galley, though if extended passages are in the cards, finding a way to secure the cook in a seaway will be more challenging.
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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

I live aboard a 32 Pearson Vanguard with a dinette to port and a starboard linear galley. Works great, gives a lot more cooking area and food prep and storage area than an aft galley in the same design. Really enjoy it a lot. The con is lack of a good seating area to starboard. Not a huge deal for me as I single hand a lot and have two good quarterberths-but something to consider.
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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

Resale? You can't really worry about that at all, these boats don't have enough value to worry too much about that. Make the boat meet your needs and enjoy it. Feel lucky if you can sell it when you decide to move up. If you are thinking of flipping the boat, well with the work you have done, you have already lost money.

The biggest issue I have is with an apposing dinette on once side you don't have anyplace to really lean back and relax, and you don't have much to brace against when cooking. Bracing is only an issue if you plan on cooking underway a lot but U shaped galleys are just very efficient and safe to work in. The U Shaped galley tends to keep everyone out of my space when cooking too and that is nice.

This galley layout is I think called "California layout" if I recall. Not all that uncommon. Tartan offered it on the 30 and I think lots of Columbias offered them. Some folks love them, others don't. Many of the West Coast builders seemed to use this layout, not sure why.

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Re: Midships galley? Pros/Cons

I think what you're doing is pretty cool.
Set the boat up the way you want it & don't worry about resale value or what others think. On my 28 I shortened up the starboard berth to extend the galley & make room for a stove/oven & microwave. Some of the purist were tripping out about it, who cares.
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