Galley Upgrades

AnswerThere are many changes that can be made in most boatsâ galleys in order to provide additional convenience and better organization. Galley drawer dividers, made from polyethylene kits, can be installed (No. 1). The material is measured, scored and then snapped apart cleanly. The end stops are adhesive-backed and are trimmed to appropriate height in the same manner as the flats. The end stops are located at intervals and the flats are then simply slid into place. These dividers wonâ t rust and can be removed, replaced or modified. The same dividers were also used behind the stove (No. 2) in order to organize and store galley utensils. Almost any adhesive can be added to the end stops to increase holding power. One of the most popular additions to most galleys is a paper towel holder (No. 3). Typically mounted under a locker, this add-on is easy and inexpensive. Spice racks (No. 4) are always handy. These can be â real⠝ spice racks or a similar alternative referred to as a â ready rack.⠝ Be careful of the length of the screw used for installation; many of the newer boat designs donâ t have much space between the hull or deck and the liner. Except for the smallest boats, virtually all galleys have an icebox or refrigerator. For some inexplicable reason, most boat builders elect to make lift-out covers for these enclosed spaces. To simplify their use, hinges can easily be installed on one edge of the lid (No. 5). There are two basic choices: surface hinges or piano hinges. To maximize the convenience of a hinged door, a hatch holder was installed along the rear edge (No. 6). A spring-type holder is ideal for this purpose; be certain to mount the holder aft in order to avoid accidentally closing the lid. Some of the dry food storage bins can also benefit from hinges and a spring holder (No. 7). After adding hinges, it also may be necessary to add a lifting ring on the edge of the lid opposite the hinges (No. 8). Most galleys lack sufficient lighting, and a DC-operated fluorescent fixture about 12 inches in length is a good solution (No. 9). Available at most marine retailers, this fixture can be purchased in single- and double-tube models and will provide more light with less battery drain. Install an adhesive-backed plastic triangle with a V-shaped opening in front for holding dish towels and hot pads (No. 10). After attaching the triangle to a smooth surface, simply place any corner of the fabric into the V. Almost all dish racks are plastic or wood and can take some abuse, which means they can be placed in a vulnerable location if necessary. With this in mind, consider storing the dish rack on a vertical wall near the sink by using stainless hooks (No. 11). These hooks are commonly seen with gear hammocks. When you want to use your stove, what do you do with the cutting board? Install hooks (No. 12) behind the stove with one-inch-wide strips of leather that are a length equal to two and a half times the width of the cutting board. Grommets can be set into one end of each strip, while the other end is fastened behind the hook. With the grommet ends hooked in place, a vertical sling is created — simple, cheap and functional. Polyethylene boards can be used to serve as covers for galley sinks (No. 13). Be sure to round off the corners on the board. The underside of a locker has limited real estate for undercounter devices, but a compact under-the-cabinet toaster was introduced by Black & Decker two years ago (No. 14). Because this toaster is horizontal, it operates like a toaster oven but doesnâ t have to sit on a countertop. A set of fiddle rails can be installed surrounding the dry food storage locker in order to help keep things in place (No. 15). A separate fiddle was made for the other side of the faucet. Whether you cook or clean, these ideas can be of value in creating a more efficient galley.

Stephen Fishman


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