Galley update

So our second fridge died a while back and we’ve been contemplating what we would replace it with. It didn’t seem necessary to put another fridge in, as we get by quite well with a single small one. I find that I’m more aware of everything that’s in there and frequently clean it out and wipe it down since it’s not a big undertaking.

This is the hole we’re going to be filling. Choosing our appliances was very much based on size – and I mean to the 1/2 inch. There was one that claimed to be 17-1/2 inches on one website, while the same model was described as 18-1/2 on another website. That’s an important difference in the boat world!
I am so spoiled; I don’t think Brock sees the value of an ice maker quite like I do. It’s a bit about the luxury for me (like the hot water on the aft deck spigot). No, it’s not absolutely necessary to have for survival…but wouldn’t it be nice to have ice in the glass when you’re out at anchor in the Gulf Islands? We do fill the coolers before we go and there is a full size chest freezer in the lazarette, so it’s not as though I’m particularly deprived or incapable of acquiring more ice. But it’s just a lovely little touch of luxury. He does agree that it is a nice touch for charter clients (which is how I get my way on many of the over-the-top features for KJ) and I think he likes the aspect of being able to top off the coolers when we’re out fishing (like next weekend!!).
It really is all about “flourishing” for me, not just surviving. Easy to do when you live on a small scale. I find ways to do it when backpacking and I’ve found ways to do it living in the modest footprint of a boat.

And then there’s my itty bitty dishwasher which I am ridiculously excited about. It claims to do four place settings, but I’m pretty good at Tetris-style problems. I’m happy that it will use less water for the dishes; I have never been able to train myself to do the fill the sink, then rinse thing. The water is basically always on when I’m washing, so this will minimize our usage of that resource. Plus the super hot water (130F wash, 264F rinse at the intense cycle) is sure to sterilize things – not every day, but every once in a while.

So the power tools are going this morning and the sawdust is flying. I love this stuff!

No Responses to “Galley update”

  1. rob
    May 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Think of all the time you save over a lifetime not to mention the water! mind you the washer tablets are so tenchical ( and expensive) nowadays my brain is scrambled just with the thought of them! so my wife does the washing up! :o))

  2. The Eclectic Ark
    May 23, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I'm with you all the way girl. I too wash dishes with the water running and hate how it wastes water, but can't bring myself to wash them all in one disgusting sinkful of greasy, dirty water. I can't wait to get my dishwasher hooked up, finally clean counters…it's a good thing! I understand about the ice as well. I love my drinks cold, hell I can chew ice as a snack. One of my biggest bitches about my boat was no appliances, no washer/dryer, dishwasher, and the teeny,tiny fridge barely held the condiments, never mind real food and never got cold enough to make ice or freeze anything. Your boat sounds ideal, you have all the comforts of home on it.Hope you bring her this way one day, would love to see it all in person. Rhianna

  3. Jamie
    May 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    OMG, Maggie, you are so right – I think I'm in love with this thing. Everything came out extra-sparkly and clean. The really hot water cleans things in a way you just can't by hand. Way to go, Travis, for making you keep it!

  4. Travis and Maggie
    May 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I never had a dishwasher until we moved aboard Tara. I wanted to get rid if it, thinking it was just over the top, but Travis insisted we keep it, and now its one of my favorite things on the boat, next to the washer and dryer of course!