08/21/2009, A Tour of THIRD DAY's Galley
At the heart of THIRD DAY's living accommodations is the Galley. The standing square footage space is only 4.65 square feet, yet it's the focal point of life aboard. 3 meals a day are prepared for the crew and three sets of dishes are cleaned day in and day out, rain or shine, and in calm seas or rough seas. Two key components are the Force 10 three burner stove and oven and the huge refrigerated ice box. The oven is shown below and is very similar to the one in any home, except that it is mounted on swings, so that when the boat rocks side to side when at sea or in a rolly anchorage, the oven stays level. There are also safety rails and pot holders that keep things from sliding around.
You can see the small storage space below the oven where we keep our food savor vacuum sealer and bulk flour, sugar, rice and cake mixes. This hole didn't exist when we bought the boat, but we knew there was some void space behind the fiberglass, so we cut a hole and added a hinged door for access.
Just at stove height you can see a safety bar that keeps you from falling into the stove and oven when underway in rough seas, another addition we made prior to casting off.
Next is a view from the salon looking back into the galley. Here you can see the one pull-out drawer that we have in the Galley and only one of 4 that we have on the boat. We use it for utensils and for some items that we don't want to lose and keep readily available, like the deck water keys, lock keys, and matches. Behind the sink to the right you can see the main electrical panel for 120V dock power and 12V boat systems power. The spice rack is tucked into a little recess and you can see the handles of our three Cutco knives that we brought aboard.
This shot shows a good view of the cooking utinsel rack that we had built and added along with our pantry behind the oven.
The hanging net typically is loaded with fruits and veggies, and above it you can see our storage for plates, bowls, and cups (6 of each). You will also see a fan that is pretty handy to help blow hot cooking fumes towards the hatch and out of the boat, plus cooling down the cook.
Aft (towards the stern or back of the boat) of the oven we have a deep storage locker where we keep more cooking gear.
Our biggest power sucker aboard, but also the item I love the most is our refrigerated ice box. If I could fit myself through the hatch, there would be room for me inside this cavernous box that we keep filled with lots of cold water and beer along with food staples.
You can see the small freezer box mounted to the wall. Inside the box we can make ice cubes or keep meat nicely frozen, waiting for a time that we are out of fish. The freezer box is similar to your basic dorm freezer where it then cools the rest of the ice box.
We have food stored all over the boat. In the head, under the salon seats, you name it and we probably have some flour or boxed milk stashed away in the space.
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08/07/2009, When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!
The Romans and Greeks had it thousands of years ago and although ours isn't the same as the one in your house it does the dirty job that makes modern civilization possible, The toilet or as it's called on a boat, The Head. The Head on THIRD DAY is typical of most sailboats, in that you have to pump the contents out manually and then continue pumping to flush out the bowl, rather than just pushing a leaver and letting gravity wick away the unsightly contents of the bowl. The trick comes in the sequence of levers and pumps. Do them wrong and you could have the contents of the bowl splash up in your face or worse yet, clog the plumbing and face the captain's wrath! Do them right and you just might not get splashed and stay on good terms with the captain. The marine head enjoys a love-hate relationship like no other piece of equipment on a cruising yacht. The entire crew knows that the only thing that stands between them and using a 5-gallon bucket for their "business" is a few rubber seals and gaskets made in China. These made in China parts see a lot of action on a cruising yacht with a crew of four. Each time someone goes "number 1" the unit is pumped about 15 times and that number goes up to 20 or more for a "number 2". We carry three complete head pump replacement mechanisms along with two additional complete rebuild kids on THIRD DAY, better safe than sorry!
The layout of our head is also pretty standard; however, many yachts don't have a separate shower stall. On these yachts, the bathroom itself becomes the shower area. I guess that's a good way to keep the bathroom clean, but having a separate shower stall was a big selling point when we purchased THIRD DAY.
There may not be glory in the Head, but a bad one can make for a miserable and smelly boat! So here's a photo tour of THIRD DAY's Head.
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