Cruising tips for those of us who have not yet upgraded to our dream yacht.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
"Comes with a fully-equipped galley"
Our boat came equipped with what was supposed to be a galley. I have come to the conclusion that boat designers don't ever eat, cook or sleep on a boat. Our galley was under the main hatchway to the cabin, the kitchen counter actually forms the first step into the cabin. There is nothing like prepping dinner on the same surface that your duck-poop laden shoes just stepped on.
The supplied alcohol stove, slid out to a position right in front of the main hatch. Entering and exiting the boat entailed an Olympic long jump if dinner was underway. I never perfected that long jump. It only took one flying frying pan full of half cooked dinner and a good burn to convince me to remove the alcohol stove to the basement. I am a quick learner.
The icebox was under the alcohol stove. For a small boat it had a fair capacity of about two cubic feet. It blocked access to about 12 cubic feet of good storage, and it drained into the cabin. One whiff of a cabin filled with "eau de rotting spilt milk" resulted in the icebox joining the alcohol stove in the basement.
The sink was under the hatchway but posed no serious problem. It was far too shallow to allow me to hurt myself if I stepped in it by error. It held spare change and the nuts, bolts and screws that always seemed to be left over from every project. The drain fit a dime perfectly. The supplied water pump overshot the sink, which wasn't really a bad thing. I washed the counter top far more than I washed any dishes in that sink.
So after, I removed all the factory installed galley equipment, I needed to outfit the boat with things I could actually use. I bought and re-bought, as I figured out what worked and what did not.
After a brief adult sailing course my partner and I bought our Mirage 24, Costa Rica, and began the learning curve called "sailing".
Over the last 10 years, we have have cruised the western end of Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario has many great ports to visit.
Living well in 24 feet is always a challenge. I have learnt, through trial and error, what works and what does not.
I hope to share with you what I have learnt and hope you can teach me some new ideas.
If nothing else, I hope I encourage you to get your floating college off the dock and enjoy cruising. Do not wait until you can afford your dream yacht before you cruise.