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The story continued......

The galley

Our next focus of attention was the galley, and here you have to decide What? Where?
and How Big? Do you need a full-size sink? How many burners on the stove? Do you
really need an oven?  All of this then leads on to how much  water  you want to store on
board, and what size of gas bottles. Taking account of their weight, and weight distribution,
how much do you want to accommodate? It was finally decided
that a two-burner stove with an oven and  grill would suffice for all
our needs when at sea and also in port.

The water and gas were put on hold  for the time being as the
galley design started to be formulated and different positions
were discussed and tried.  Then finally it was decided and we
started  to make the units.  Now boats, unfortunately, are not
straight or square, so cardboard patterns were made and then
prototype units were made of  hardboard on a thin softwood
frame.  Once put in position, and any adjustments made, the
final units were made from oak on an ash frame. (Ash, once
again, courtesy of our friend Chris - more ‘off-cuts’

- thanks Chris !

The cooker shown is not the one we finally ended up with, but the dimensions were the
same as the Taylor which we now have .  Also we were able to start utilising  the under
-hang from the companionway on the deck for storage cupboards. We suddenly had a
fully working galley and a place to sit in comfort and ponder  on the next plan of attack

Heads and aft cabin

Having mounted the new engine and gearbox, we left the bridge area alone and focused
on designing  the aft master cabin, which would hold a large double bed, a small hanging
locker, (and plenty of  insulation), reached via a sliding louvred door.

One problem with the layout of the boat is the engine position, which is towards the aft of
the boat, but is just the right height and location to be very awkward from a design
perspective.  Our solution was to raise the height of the engine cover  and fit the heads
along one side of it, utilising the area over the engine for the basin etc. At the other side we
left a companionway  as access into the aft cabin

Time to move on

As soon as had we fitted the heads and aft cabin we decided it was time to get Searolf  on
the water again so that we could  finish off the fitting out whilst afloat.  We spent some very
enjoyable trips visiting various marinas before finding the one just right for us.  Next job was
to book the haulage company to transport her by road on a low-loader, and we were all
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