Get ready, this is an exciting one, Galley tour time!
Welcome to Hannah Penn’s tiny kitchen. In this little corner of the main saloon we prepare all of our meals (jokes, there is a table in the saloon that we use too, or when it’s a bed we put a board on top!).
You’ll notice various kitchen items missing in the picture above, that’s because they are all covered over with boards to keep things tidy, and make the space more useful during the day. Also the fridge is just out of shot to the right.
The boards get stowed alongside the galley, and the kitchen area then looks something like this.
The main features of the galley are:
- 2 burner stove
- Instant hot water heater
- Fresh water sink
This is mostly powered by butane gas which we occasional buy from shore in 4.5kg bottles. (Currently we use Calor, but as we have left the UK we will need to change that soon)
The fridge box is old, but the compressor is brand new and fitted during the 2022 haul out. It’s hidden behind this door to the right of the main galley area. Keep and eye out for the fridge upgrade post in the future..
This is not an original Camper and Nicholsons galley, it was renovated by the previous owner of Hannah Penn about 12 years ago. However the Vaillant water heater is original, still going strong 50 years later.
The sink drains straight into the sea, so we need to be careful about what we put down the sink. For this reason we use diluted eco friendly cleaning products, such as Ecover for washing up liquid, and Oceansaver and bicarbonate of soda for general cleaning.
The sink had 2 taps, both for fresh water. One was hand operated, the other electric pump operated, but we have removed the hand operated tap for now, in preparation for installation of a new salt water tap which should allow us to conserve some fresh water while doing the dishes.
Behind the sink we also have 2 sets of bilge pump controls for our 2 bilge pumps, and a gas alarm.
The galley is full of compartments for stowing things in, most of these contain kitchen related items or food:
- Big cupboard beneath sink for large pots and pans
- Draws for cutlery and utensils
- Cupboards above stove for spices and staples
- Dedicated plate, bowl and mug holders
- Large compartment accessible in the worktop to the right of the sink for easy access food
- Fridge for the cold stuff
- Under the oven… Various toolboxes…
The galley also has one of the windows from the saloon, so while your cooking you can gaze out to sea… Still wish it opened though, maybe that’ll change in the future.