In an earlier blog, I said that certain modifications were required to our small galley to improve its functionality for us. These included replacing the low-level fridge with a freezer, to cater for those long cruises out of range of Tesco’s home delivery service. We accomplished this by removing the fitted 12-volt Shoreline fridge and replacing it with a matching Shoreline freezer of the same physical size. Seemingly an easy swop, but one that involved the expenditure of a great deal of sweat and Anglo Saxon, but eventually it was installed in position and working. We bought a narrow 12-volt Shoreline Larder fridge and installed this at high level on the worktop in the centre of the galley.
Mention should be made here that the open-plan arrangement of the original design was not to our liking for a couple of reasons. We preferred a galley separated from the rest of the boat to contain cooking smells, and its enclosure also offered greater storage opportunities.
Our redesign has raised the frequently accessed fridge to high-level, thereby reducing back stresses as required and also preserving existing limited cupboard and worktop space as far as possible. It also provided a room for our micro-wave oven positioned at an accessible working height with shelves for glassware above.
We have also installed 20 cup-hooks at high-level to create hanging space for mugs, jugs and other assorted kitchen paraphernalia.
At a lower level, the installation of a pair of slide-in and lidded bins within one cupboard caters for temporary rubbish storage.
The other low-level cupboards have been fitted with plastic boxes that can be slid out to give easy access to their contents, obliviating the usual hands and knees scramble to reach into the back of these normally cluttered caves.
The reverse side of this edifice facing the saloon has been decorated with essential bookshelves and provides a place for the ship’s clock to hang.
The conversion has been carried out in a way that allows for its easy removal if that suits us or a future owner.