My Portable Ship's Galley

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Project by shipwright posted 05-15-2012 04:05 AM 8591 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the first few years I used Friendship mostly for day sailing and there was never any need for a galley or cooking on board. Then I started to go out and spend a few days at a time on her and realized that something had to be done. At first I was storing all the pots, pans, utensils and food in lockers below and cooking in the cockpit because there was more room there. The result was many, many trips up and down, into and out of the cabin. No sooner would I arrive in the cockpit with my coffee cup than I would realize I had to go back down for a spoon. You get the idea.

This little portable galley was my answer and it has been serving me well for a couple of years now. The box is lightly made of 1/4” plywood veneered on the sides and back with Spaulted Maple. The top is a piece of manufactured Teak and Holly plywood that I had left over from an old job and the doors and drawers are Arbutus (Madrone).

The drawers hold all my cooking and eating utensils and behind the doors I keep my Thunder Range, coffee cups and paper towels.

When not in use it stows in a cockpit locker, suspended from 1/2” square rails along the front and back. This uses a space that is normally unusable so the space is actually “free”. I can also take the whole thing inside and cook in poor weather.

The last photo shows it in use one beautiful morning in Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island, BC.

Thanks for looking in

Comments, questions and critiques are welcomed.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 04:29 AM

Paul, that is really thinking outside the box…small one at that. A very good use of a small space… Now we just need to see some better picture of your lovely boat…how large is she?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 04:34 AM


Looks like you’re having the Life of Riley sitting there enjoing your morning coffee!

That is one Compact, COOL setup!


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 04:57 AM

Paul…Very smart design for limited space.
You have an extremely nice sailboat…great CRAFTSMANSHIP…

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 04:58 AM

Larry, I’ve added a link in the post above to Friendship She was the fi

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 06:51 AM

Hi Paul,
I think it looks like thinking ‘inside the box’, and elegant it became.
What a wonderful boat and it truely seems like a beautiful moment on that last picture.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 07:57 AM

Paul “Friendship” is one beautiful boat ,the stow and go galley is beautiful and fitting for her. boating is a real passion of mine too,i had to sell my searay cabin boat a few tears ago to buy my house .i plan to be getting another soon .after looking at your post its got to be water and your boat and you got to be close to heaven

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 10:31 AM

Great use of space and as stated above what a beautiful boat.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 10:57 AM

Paul, I like creativeity and you have hit the nail on the head!! Great Job!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 11:31 AM


Building the right box is the answer to so many of life’s problems. You have proven that Friendship is truly a beautiful thing. Clear sailing and clear thinking.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 12:06 PM

Now that is the life. My my – just beautiful.
Nice little box, but the rest of the pictures really steal the show.

Welcome back to the sea,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 12:18 PM

Hi Paul;

Well, thanks to that link on the build, I’m late for work. Good thing I’m the boss, right.

What a beautiful boat/project that was/is. I enjoyed going through your pictures, admiring your incredible talents and craftsmanship.

Superb job, as always.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 01:28 PM

Beautifully done, Paul. When I close my eyes I can almost imagine how much fun sailing must be.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 01:30 PM

That boat is so beautiful that it’s hard for me to look at.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 01:32 PM

Now that is livin life to its fullest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 01:34 PM

Great little galley, stove, silverware everything you need for breakfast or supper. Lunch never seemed too
important when sailing. The only thing that brings you back to shore is the need for more food.
Congratulations on a well earned and relaxing retirement.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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