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 set.
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Searolf the boat
In the beginning What’s in a name? Epoxy Inside comes out Rebuilding starts Internal Design Mock-ups Forecabin Insulation Heart of oak The galley Heads and aft cabin Time to move on Back to the water LED Navigation lights