How do real-life cruisers store their galley supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40.

Real-Life Monohull Galley Storage

Last week, I showed the galley storage on our 34′ Gemini catamaran. This turned out to be a really popular post, as it’s so hard to imagine how the storage areas would really work when you’re looking at boats.

Several readers asked to see the storage areas — as they are in use, not cleaned out for a photo op — on a monohull. Reader Rosalind Franks generously offered to take photos aboard her Caliber 40LRC (the LRC means it’s the “long range cruising” model with larger tankage).

First a photo of their boat layout:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40.The locker under the stove — as you might expect, it houses pans:

Over the stove — the previous owners had put a microwave there that has been removed. That’s the opening on the left. Underway, Roz and her husband have a strap that goes across the opening. They plan to add a door to this locker before leaving the San Francisco Bay area.

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.And the right-hand side of those compartments with the sliding doors:

Drawers next to and a locker under the sink area:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.

Drawer contents from top to bottom:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.

The cupboard under the sink:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.

“Overflow” storage for bulk goods and cans behind the back of the starboard settee:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.

Paper goods and cleaning supplies behind the port settee:

How do real-life cruisers store their galley equipment and supplies on a monohull? Photos from a Caliber 40 to give you ideas.

Their table folds up against the wall and hides this wonderful wine and liquor cabinet! There’s a latch on the table, but they also use a bungee underway. Lots of non-slip material as padding, too!

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16 Comments
  • Jeff Jackson
    Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

    Debbie Jackson

  • Pamela Douglas Webster
    Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

    Thanks!

    Dividers in the drawers are really helpful. Looks like they were built in later. A smart choice.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

      You can also add them . . . Rubbermaid makes a lot for land kitchens that are individual compartments, so you can mix and match to fit.

    • Pamela Douglas Webster
      Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

      The Boat Galley My husband made two layer dividers out of cardboard and masking tape. Less pretty. But perfectly sized for us and they gave us use of all the depth.

      And you can’t beat the price. 🙂

    • Rosalind Franks
      Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

      The dividers were added a few years ago. We bought wood strips, cut them to fit and stapled them together. I’d like to add some more in the lower drawers

    • Pamela Douglas Webster
      Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

      Rosalind Franks I bet you suffered a lot of aggravation before you got those dividers, eh? 🙂

    • Rosalind Franks
      Posted at 24 February 2017 Reply

      Yes ma’am! That was one of the first things we did 😂

  • Maryanne Grady
    Posted at 22 February 2017 Reply

    I am on the boat right now trying to organize my new to me galley this was quite timely. Thanks!

  • Rosalind Franks
    Posted at 23 February 2017 Reply

    Very nice article. Thank you Carolyn. Storage is always a work in progress isn’t it.

  • Florian Wolf
    Posted at 23 February 2017 Reply

    The liquor cabinet hidden by the fold-up table is very nice and a smart solution to create more storage space. We have two ‘cellarettes’ for 6 bottles each built into our boat, but it’s a 65 ft. timber gaff ketch, so a bit roomier than both of yours. Still, storage space is a big priority on board, not only for red & white wine…☺.

  • Robert
    Posted at 23 February 2017 Reply

    Thanks for this post, I always enjoy reading about the experiences of others. Some questions: how are the drawers secured? I can’t see any latches on them. In a heavy sea I would imagine that they would open up and possibly spill their contents out into the cabin.

    Of course on my 30 footer storage is WAY more limited than on your roomy boat. Not meant for long distance cruising either, although I wonder how the previous owner got her from England to Hong Kong. Then again, in decades past people went long distance cruising on boats around 30′ long, or even shorter.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 24 February 2017 Reply

      It’s not my boat, so I can’t say for sure, but the drawers run fore-and-aft which makes them much less prone to sliding open.

    • Rosalind Franks
      Posted at 28 February 2017 Reply

      The drawers have a detent, you have to lift and pull to open them.

  • Melissa White
    Posted at 23 February 2017 Reply

    I’m just changing out my drawer unit in favor of shelves. The drawers, while useful, drove me crazy because I could never find what I needed without digging through everything. Narrow, long, deep. I’ll probably miss them while underway, though. We are fortunate on our monohull. What used to be a large hanging locker to the right of the companionway was long ago refit to become a pantry with deep shelves. I’m grateful for that all the time.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 24 February 2017 Reply

      Both our boats have had hanging lockers re-purposed — on the previous boat, we put sliding bins in; on this boat, shelves. We just don’t need the hanging space!

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