All boats are a compromise. At least, all boats that fall in a price range that we mere mortals can afford. I could be wrong, but I imagine the owners of this little jewel probably didn’t have to give up too many items on their wish list when they purchased her:
But here in the real world, everything is a trade-off. One of the first decisions the designers of modern production yachts like ours make is whether to provide room for people or for storage. It’s pretty much an either/or proposition. Make the cabins spacious and roomy, and there’s little room left to store things. Build in lots of lockers, and the boat seems smaller than it should for its size. Invariably, people space wins out over storage, because that’s what sells boats. Very few people climb aboard a new yacht at a boat show and say “Look honey, it has so much storage space!” No, it’s voluminous cabins and huge berths that sell boats today.
Now many people would probably agree that eating is a pretty important thing. If you don’t do it, and do it regularly, well, you die, and that sort of sucks. And with all that eating, there needs to be some cooking occurring also, because it’s too damn expensive to eat out all the time. Plus Domino’s doesn’t deliver if you’re 50 miles offshore. So cooking and eating—I think we’re all on the same page here regarding how important they are.
But remember, space sells. Storage gets whatever is left after the people space is parceled out. Consequently, onboard Eagle Too, the designers at Hunter Marine decided that everything we needed for cooking, all the pots and pans and such, had to fit in this space under the galley sinks:
Probably about two and a half cubic feet total. Now like most yachts with a previous owner, our boat came with a collection of pots and pans that were probably cast-offs and extras from the original owner’s kitchen. No two items matched, and everything was just a jumbled mess of cacophonous cascading crockery.
This is where the thank you part comes in. This past Christmas, and again at my recent retirement, several friends, relatives and former co-workers gave us the thoughtful and oh-so-practical gift of West Marine gift cards. With this unexpected windfall, we recently splurged on something that we might not have otherwise purchased in light of all the essential sailing gear on our equipment wish list. We bought pots. But not just any pots. Special boat-friendly nesting pots that pack a galley’s worth of cookware into less than a square foot of space.
A large stock pot/dutch oven, a big deep skillet, small, medium and large sauce pans, two lids, and two detachable handles that swap back and forth between the various pots. All in heavy duty stainless steel, with thick laminated bottoms that are prefect for the gas stove. When you break it all down and pack it up, it looks like this:
A much better use of our limited storage space. We see many many yummy meals coming from this set. So thank you to everyone who contributed. We thought you’d like to see what we did with the gift cards.