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one in a sink while I had another one over Our galley is small enough I never needed hen people hear that my to clip myself in. I could brace my back heat. husband and I live on a Our galley is on the port side, so on against the front of the refrigerator and face boat, they often ask if we starboard tack, the stove is on the low the sink and cutting board, with the threeeat out every night. Sometimes I reply, side and a bit safer, with less chance of burner stove and oven to my left. With “No, we heat up cans of Dinty Moore flying food. On port tack, the sink gets good knees and strong legs, I was set. Beef Stew over canned sterno and eat Turning around to get into the fridge utilized more for holding hot pots. Sailing out of Frisbees.” They nod and believe downwind is easiest, except when we had became a choreographed move, and then me. Then I say, “But big waves from the every now and then A good eye had to be kept on the stove in case a pot, side. Then there was we catch ourselves a rocking side to duck, which I roast or its contents, went flying, which is possible even the side motion, and it in a mandarin orange just added a bit of a clamped down on a gimbaled stove. and ginger sauce and challenge to the galley serve over wild rice dance. Things would slide or roll back and I’d brace my back against the sink counter. with sautéed caramelized baby carrots fourth on the cutting board and once in Cutting and chopping were fun. A good and fresh arugula.” a while something ended up on the floor. eye had to be kept on the stove in case a Truth is, cooking on a boat is easy. pot, or its contents, went flying, which is Our crew Karen and I would have laughYou just have to deal with a small space. ing fits coming up with offshore Hints possible even clamped down on a gimbaled Cooking on a boat while sailing across from Heloise: “When wiping wet pasta stove. Our boat has two deep sinks which the Atlantic Ocean is different. Out off the floor, always bend at the knees and is perfect for meals involving more than there, it is more like a sport. Lack of grip the handrail to avoid smashing your one pot. To avoid pot flight, I’d often store space actually becomes an advantage. head into the companionway stairs.” When chopping, cutting, peeling and stirring, hands and arms are always in motion. One crew said I looked like that mythical creature that had multiple arms sticking out her sides. That is how I felt. The only night that making dinner was nearly impossible was due to biting flies, our first night out! These nasty flies that would not leave my ankles alone. I was just about to cover up with pants and socks when our crew finally put himself on flyswatter duty and kept them away. There were no more flies after the first night. ##Our galley is on the port side, so on starboard tack, the stove is on the low side and a bit safer, with less chance of flying food.

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