Sunday, September 16, 2012

Finishing Galley Cabs, Starting on Aft Deck

Finished up the galley cabs with the most complicated part of this project, the dreaded overhead cabinets... These were difficult because of the overhead that they attach to which has not only a compound camber, but also rises in elevation going forward. This made for a tricky design and installation. I won't bother to describe what I came up with, the pictures explain it best. In the end it was worth the effort as it adds a lot of needed storage and really makes the galley come together. The overhead cabs also make the sitting area forward a little more cozy. To make for an easier fit for the countertop, I built up a raised panel behind the cabinets. The front panel will be covered with a Lyptus veneer to match the cabinets, and the top will be capped with a nice piece of mahogany. The area behind, above, and to the left of the stove will be covered with brushed stainless steel sheet metal to act as a heat shield for these surfaces. A black quartz based counter-top and a stainless steel sink should just about finish the galley for now. We received our delivery of Ipe wood for the aft deck last week, so that has been the primary project for this weekend. This involves building a raised frame and deck so that we have a nice comfortable place to sit outside. While I really like the aesthetics of the cambered deck and am very impressed with how quickly it sheds water (a big plus safety-wise in serious weather), it makes a lousy place to set a deck chair. This will effectively give us a "back porch" of just the right size for a few chairs and a table. Frame is now mostly complete. Tomorrow I'll be working on the planking. The whole thing will be tied securely (I hope) to the deck using j-bolts hooked into the pad-eyes around the aft hatch coaming.


  1. Nice looking cabinets Peter. Is that your fridge or a stand alone freezer in the base cabinets?


  2. Hi Conall,

    Thanks. We ended going prefab with the doors and face frames so we could stay on schedule, but they are all nicely crafted. Even with RTA stuff, there was still a lot more fit-up work than I anticipated. The adage of adding 50% to everything (time, money, etc.) when building a boat is certainly proving to be true. The fridge is an ISOTherm unit. 12 volts, holding plate, and a tiny freezer that fits two ice cube trays. We are just using it as a fridge. Its currently using about 4.5 amps when its running on high, and overall seems very efficient. Haven't tested it yet, but I think its running about 8-10 hours a day? We have an AC chest freezer in the passageway that will eventually be replaced by a 12 volt built in freezer box.