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Thankful's Sliding Galley

Fred Goguen's Thankful, Pacific Dolphin # 261 came without the option of a sliding galley. So, with the encouragement of the Admiral, he built one. On February 11, 2009 Fred sent in the following email and pictures.

Thankful did not come with a galley or cabinets like I see in other Dolphins, but she did come with 2 slots molded into the surface of the port berth / seat. The slots start at the forward end of the fist cushion and end under the cockpit
My wife Cheri and I only go cruising for 2 or 3 days at a time and she would complain that she did not have a surface to put down hot pans when trying to prepare simple meals on our little camp stove. And she did not have any convenient storage.

Last winter 07/08 I decided to build a simple cabinet with a metal surface. I figured that it would be a trial unit and therefore used scrap lumber and an inexpensive sheet of aluminum figuring that we would want to make changes once we used it for a while and I would make a final unit from better materials. It has worked out so well I have just painted it white and plan to use it for the foreseeable future.

I put rails on the bottom of the cabinet that fit the molded slots in the berth. The rails stop the cabinet from falling forward when pulled out ( I would not trust this in heavy seas).. The rails also prevent the cabinet from sliding too far aft since the slots end under the cockpit. When the cabinet is slid back under the cockpit in its stored position the seat cushion locks the cabinet it in place. The cabinet is also high and wide enough that when slid back it is held in position by the edge wall of the cockpit.

See the attached pictures


Fred's other avocation must be building furniture...For a sink they use a plastic basin that stores in  the sliding door section, and a jug of fresh water

I like the handle

Well done


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