We still have prep work to do on the boat, but it is so much nicer to do those chores when you are floating in the water. The weather was looking reasonably nice for an overnight at the dock.
In spite of all the “watsonizing” last year, we still thought of a few new things that were needed on the inside. It’s all about figuring out what will make your life enjoyable and comfortable on your boat, totally personal choices. Plus, I am always thinking of boat projects for Al because I know that’s what he really loves to spend his time doing all winter. It’s a win-win.
Here are a few new interior twists —
The Kadey Krogen 39 is a comfortable boat, but it isn’t large compared to most of the other Krogens. Shoes are sometimes a problem. No one wants to track dirt and sand into the boat. But where do you take your shoes off and keep them handy? Put them back in the stateroom each time you enter? It is a loooong way from the salon door all the way down to the master stateroom. Leaving them out in the cockpit? Maybe. Cluttering the salon with discarded shoes was also not ideal. Our decision? A shoe drawer just inside the salon door.
Al cut an opening in the side of the seat. The hole in the top seen below has a cover and is under the cushions which makes it hard to access. A drawer in the side should work.
An opening in the side is not enough for Al. This had to be a drawer that slides out easily.
The pilot house is a whole new area for us to use. It is for navigation underway, but it is also its own little space onboard. We really liked that our Krogen already had a table close to the seating.
Al decided the table could be even more versatile with additional positions.
I have had one constant concern about my galley. Although the refrigerator itself was larger than the Mariner’s, the freezer was not. Al spoiled me with a terrific built-in Engle freezer on the Mariner. Even the Morgan sailboat had more freezer space, custom built by Al. I began to worry out loud about this feature, or lack of feature. It wasn’t a problem last season because we never went very far for very long, but this season will be different (I hope, I hope) and I like having a decent freezer onboard. It allows me to keep more meats onboard as well as back-up vegetables and fruits. That means fewer trips to grocery stores which can be difficult to find near anchorages.
What were the options this time? We could build a freezer unit again in a space under the galley counter, giving up some storage there OR we could purchase a portable unit and find a place to put it. Tough decision, with pros and cons on both sides. We settled on getting a portable unit that would fit in the bottom part of what I call “the hutch,” which is the storage unit opposite the galley. Although there were other manufacturers, we chose an Engel unit again. The 40-quart unit (1.27 cubic feet) would fit.
Although technically outside, the aft cockpit received a couple of new twists as well. The hatch in the teak floor opened towards the salon entry door where there is very little space to maneuver. Al decided that it could be turned around and did just that.
Back to the water. It actually felt good to be cleaning and washing the boat now that I can bend and twist again. Well, it felt good for awhile and then it was time to rest for a bit. We are both older now and have to accomplish things at a slightly slower pace.
The docks are filling up, but there are still empty slips out by us. I took some time to sit and enjoy the views.
After breakfast, Al decided it was time to practice my docking skills. I took the boat out of the slip, for a short ride, and then back in again. And then out again and back in again. Although it is basically the same maneuvers as last summer, there are subtle differences such as a shorter slip, which is good, and a shorter distance in the fairway. Al operated the new stern thruster in the aft cockpit while I manned the helm. My hands and knees were shaking afterwards, but I’ll get over that.