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Boat Refit Tips: Galley

galley dishwasherGalley: Amazing as it may seem, there are actually yachts that don’t have microwaves. Oh, the horror! Updating and adding to the appliances in the galley is not just one of the least expensive upgrades, but one that is sure to please your onboard chef. But plan ahead. Just putting a microwave or convection oven on the counter is foolish: there is never enough usable counter space on most boats. Better to sacrifice a couple of drawers for an under-counter unit, or find one that combines with an over-the-cooktop fan.  

Speaking of pleasing the chef, adding a dishwasher (appliance, not crewmember) is well worth the investment and you can also store dishes and glassware in the unit when not needed. New slim-line versions and drawer models also conserve space. If there’s never enough room in the fridge, consider adding a compact freezer that can be tucked in the lazarette.

Capt. Bill’s Tip:Dishwasher maven Fisher-Paykel intro’d a new model several years ago that is still both savvy and unique: the DishDrawer Tall. It stows plates etc. in a big waterproof bin (unlike a residential-style unit) that pulls out like it’s on ball bearings. $649 to $749; www.fisherpaykel.com