Galley

The original galley supplied with the Maxi 95 was was designed for recreational use during annual holidays and weekend usage. When we bought Maringret she was over 20 years old and the galley possibly showed it the most. During our cruising in the summer of 2000 we refined our design for our replacement galley through using the existing galley on a daily basis. We looked at Maxi 95 Red Heaven’s design for a replacement galley and also were able to go onboard another Maxi 95 and take measurements of their galley modifications. We gathered ideas (including some from other Maxi 95’s as as mentioned above) and sketched on paper. We then constructed templates from newspaper and cardboard to actually view our intended project in place. We found this to be a very important step as it allowed us to visualize things in place and it seemed that each stage we did this at we would notice new aspects to our work that didn’t seam to be as obvious when we were working with drawings only. We went back and forth on the fridge decision trying to balance space, cost, power consumption, flexibility. This is documented in our refrigeration pages.

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We stripped back our galley to the moldings.

We think the cut out area at the back of the galley is from the construction, but the cut out at the bottom of the area is probably from a previous owner getting access to the sea cock. We started off reconstructing the galley by having the old countertop shape cut out of 9mm plywood with slight modifications:

We had three reasons for altering the dimensions of the countertop:

  • we wanted to install a new double basin sink;
  • we wanted to maximise the usable countertop area;
  • we felt the strip glass holder that had fitted behind the stove was not a good use of space (for example you didn’t want to use it when the stove was hot or in use ).

We decided to enlarge the work surface area by extending the aftmost portion of the counter towards the midship line. We left the divider between the port side settee and the stove as well as the cockpit bulkhead in place. We wanted to install a double sink and were lucky enough to find a double sink which had one basin half size, as a full size double sink would have probably been too large to fit. As the stove was 20 years old we decided to replace it. 

We had the cuts made as if the fitting was going to rectangular and then fitted the countertop against the curved bulkheads using an electric jig saw and a rotary grinding bit in a drill – we decided to have the laminate surface attached after we did all our fitting. Once the countertop was fitted we could then size the pieces of teak veneer plywood that would become the sides of the counter. Once they were cut to shape and placeable we could start to dimension the insulation for the refrigerator cool box. The picture above shows the the final assembly starting once the refrigerator cool box had been completed and installed. Note the vertical piece of 12mm plywood to the aft of the work surface which closes the back of the under sink storage in. This plywood also restricts the access space to the under cockpit basement. To see how the refrigeration project fitted into the galley project as a whole click here

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Two views of an intermediate fitting to allow the water lines, foot pumps, gas lines and sink drains to be measured, cut, shaped and fitted. Note the bottle box under the forward bottom cupboard (behind where the stove will sit), this is saved from the original galley but we covered it with a scrap piece of 9mm teak so it would blend in with the galley. The clear plastic water line which appears to be coming out of the corner of the sink is actually a level line from the outflow of the fresh water tank. After the sides were in place it was fixed to the back wall under the sink and we marked it off in 10 litre graduations so we can read our water level to the nearest 10 litres. It goes down to a 4mm breather tube which we lead high up into the cockpit locker so that water can not find its way out when the boat is heeled.

The taps and stove in place with the fridge lid in place and wide open.

The finished galley (actually the teak cover over the access hole to the garbage container is not yet fitted). In addition to the laminated cover over the stove there is also a matching cover for the sink and a piece that spans the companionway from the edge next to the sink across to the wall of the heads. The black box on the cockpit bulkhead above the cabinets is the control unit for the Isotherm refrigerator. The grey box halfway up the front of the cabinets and below the Isotherm control unit is the control for the gas solenoid.

Hours Worked

We kept track of the hours we put into this project from when we started removing the old galley through until we commissioned all the different systems in the new galley. The hours spent were as follows:

All Galley Work Cabinetry Refrigeration Plumbing Stove & Gas
Hours 600 40% 22% 10% 11%
Days Worked 71 days 42 days 25 days 13 days 11 days

A lot of time was spent in driving to and fro getting pieces or trying to find supplies – most of this time is not captured in the table. We had a lot of trouble with woodworkers (we went through 3 prima donnas before finding one that was both realistic and reasonable). Given that all we wanted from the woodworkers was some straight cuts and the laminating of the work surface (which we found and supplied ourselves) this is even more surprising. But that trouble also impacted the hours in the cabinetry column. So to project what we think the hours would have been if we had not had the major problems, if:

  • we had not wasted time with 3 woodworking shops (who were legends in their own minds), and
  • the first woodworking shop had not recommended using 9mm plywood (or we had not trusted his word), and
  • we had not had to re-do the work to allow for a larger sized stove (or we had known about the stove from the outset of our planning),

then we think the hour table would have been more like:

All Galley Work Cabinetry Refrigeration Plumbing Stove & Gas
Hours 500 35% 35% 15% 15%

We feel this second table is a more realistic guideline for someone not encountering major problems.

  • The first wood shop advised us to use 9mm teak plywood. This turned out to be useless and we ended up putting it aside and recutting the pieces from 12mm. Actually the countertop is in 9mm but then has two layers of laminate on it which brings it back to about 11mm. With 9mm sides no rigidity existed which made fitting impossible.
  • We used one side teak veneer plywood even though the woodworking shop insisted that only double sided veneer could be ordered.
  • We decided to install the new sink as the original had been, under the work surface, so that a laminated plug could be used to turn the sink area into work surface. This caused a lot of problems for the laminating process, shaping the plug to fit and sealing the sink to the underside of the work surface. We’re not sure it was worth the effort and we don’t seem to use the feature at all.
  • We decided to install a new stove after we had basically cut all our pieces. We were offered a very good price and felt we couldn’t pass it by as it got rid of our 20 year old stove. But the cost of having to redesign, remeasure, recut and the reassemble the galley shows in the hours count for cabinetry.

The galley is still small, the head room is still low (due to the inner molding curving upwards) but those are characteristics of the Maxi 95. The galley is much better than the previous one. Two things we haven’t yet figured out are: a) how to utilise the storage space under the sink- it’s currently a bit of a mess as we can’t decide on shelves, drawers or something else; b) how to utilise the bulkhead immediately above the sink and work surface. It seems a shame not to use it for storage space but we’re not yet sure how to do that.


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