Original cabinet doors were hinged at the top and lifted up to gain access. No microwave and no dish storage.
A previous owner had updated the galley from the original layout. Previous to this under counter fridge, original factory equipment choices included a huge icebox to the right of the sink with either a 200 lb. ice capacity or an electric refrigerator.
Plywood is repaired and replaced where necessary to support the new counter top. A section of the cabinet face to the right of the stove insert is removed to make room for the drawer unit.
The tan formica finish installed in the '90s is removed to reveal the original bright yellow linoleum backsplash, consistent with the theme of the original interior.
Existing cabinet width accepts the new microwave with no room to spare. Spice drawer (below) will get mahogany front when other cabinets are completed.
A new dish rack will occupy this space. Evident on the right, the foredeck step developed a leak that was undetected or simply ignored for some time.
Front-to-back and side-to-side space barely accommodates the dishes. Partitions need to be scored to get three stacks in. There is still room for a shelf above.
A galley without drawers is a drag. I decided to put three small drawers into the only unused space available to the right of the oven.
What a difference a drawer makes! Flatware and other kitchen utensils are close at hand and organized. I was able to cannibalize the pulls from the discarded cabinet doors and re-purpose for these drawers.
The linoleum floor squares came up easily. A little sanding and we are ready for teak and holly sole.
When your skills are limited, you look for shortcuts. This floor is simply 3/8" plywood from the lumber yard. The holly is a veneer that is already set into the teak, so all you need to do is cut it to size, glue it down and varnish it, but don't tell anyone!
I considered other counter top materials, but ended up going with this ageless flat finish granite. I made the templates and gave them to the cutters. Getting the main slab in between bulkheads was tricky, but with a little last minute grinding, it went in perfectly
This stainless sink seemed designed for the galley. A deep, wide basin will take on any sized pot and the drainage tray makes rack drying a breeze.
This rimmed stainless shelf works perfectly for pot storage and looks good under the factory hood vent.
A stainless cook's shelf under the original vent hood provides more pot and pan storage, while a cutting board on top of the stove offers more food prep space. After finishing the dish rack and port light compartments in mahogany, I replaced the painted drawer front under the microwave with mahogany to complete the look.