The two most important things aboard a ship (especially if one lives aboard) is the galley and the sleeping area. The sleeping ares should be as comfortable as possible and of course always stay dry and free from molt etc. which by itself can be quite a challenge aboard a ship, but more on that subject in an other post.
The galley needs to be a well-organized area where all necessities are close at hand. It should be easy to keep clean and have plenty of storage for fresh food and kitchen supplies.
One thing I’m particularly fond of in my galley are the magnet strips on which I hang all the forks, knifes, spoons etc.. But recently I also found an other use for them. When one mounts those strips to the ceiling of the cabin, then you are able to hang pans and the like to the ceiling!
Of course this safes space, but also has two other benefits. For one, the pans are easily accessible and two they stay in their place instead of bouncing around when under sail.
There is one prerequisite though. This trick only work for pans that have been made to work with induction cook plates. Those pans have a special kind of thick bottom plate that sticks to these magnet strips like glue.
Another new addition to the galley abroad the Seadog is a new drainer rack for the dishes. I did already build one a few years ago from wood, but never really finished up on that project and did’t varnish the wood. Bad mistake, because with all that water splashing around in the galley that rack soon began to get infected with all sorts of molt. So I decided the new rack should be made from stainless steel. After some searching on the internet for the correct measurements that I needed I ended up ordering a small, quite cheap stainless steel rack from IKEA. It was not a perfect fit at first, so I did have to use the angle grinder here and there and drill some hole in the rack to hang the thing onto the galley wall, but all in all, the end result is near to perfect.
The beauty about this solution is besides the fact that the molt infection problem has been solved, this drainer rack also has two new functions that it did’t have before. Namely it can now also support smaller kitchen items (because of the stainless steel bars) and it has the ability to be folded onto the galley wall when not in use. Sublime!
Also one more new item that was added to the galley this month. A new juicer! Very happy with this (rather big) guy. I use it almost every day now. I already had a slow juicer aboard, but it was a real pain to clean that thing. So I decided to buy myself the most easily cleanable juicer on the market and found it in the Philips Juicer HR1871. My god, what a wonderful machine. You can also just through about anything you want in there. Hole apples, or pineapple (with skin and all), carrots, zucchini, hole beetroot, everything. And indeed very easy to clean. So now my breakfast usually consists of two plates full of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Pure heaven!