John C Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft built this attractive galley box in two hours to fit his Pocketship.
The stove in question is a 15,000 BTU butane job by Iwatani, which will boil a quart of water in a minute and burn your eggs even faster.
Trim the sides to match the dimensions of your plywood top and bottom, then glue the corner blocks to the long sides.
Now, before the box is assembled, is the only chance you’ll have to give both sides of the notch a neat round-over on the router table.
To guarantee that your box is square, glue it to the plywood bottom of the box, immediately after assembling the sides in the step above. The finish-sanded box rests atop the flange and the block of wood, ensuring that it’s horizontal. Yes, I can think of more elegant joinery solutions for securing the flange to the galley box, but with my two-hour time limit nearly exhausted, I mixed wood flour with epoxy to bond the thing with a strong epoxy fillet. After some patient sanding through the various grits, the box came out with a mirror finish. This lightly-built box isn’t strong enough to be a step, so if you plan a lot of coming and going through the companionway, either at anchor or under sail, lift it out and stow it away in the cabin.
The Iwatani stove came with a nice compact case, and I always stowed the stove and the galley box separately.
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Whilst out cruising Richard uses a small fold up motorbike to enable him to go back to their last mooring spot and collect their car.
Scarborough Pair fully painted just after arriving at our Mercia marina workshop ready for fitout. The team quickly ballast, floored and battened the boat out ready for the sprayfoamers to insulate the boat.
Looking towards the stern of the canal boat from bow – the bathroom bulkheads are now in place together with one wardrobe side (closest to camera). The shower bulkhead has been installed and a small storage cupboard formed that will also contain the shower pump. This is the base of the curved cabinet that will installed over the porthole in the bedroom. And with the front panel in place – the top cupboard will have a drop down door so it can be accessed from the outside. Well we’re approaching the last few weeks of  canal boat Tom Kitten fitout and this is the time when everything starts coming together. We’ve still quite a few jobs to complete, our next major job is to start the task of varnishing, Ian one of our Engineers will then be able to finish off the final fix electrics. Above: Jordan has been working hard on the making the door linings for the steel stern and bow doors.
Above: Solid oak trims for the cubbyholes either side of the bed have started to be fitted. We’ve recently taken delivery of our next project which will be a sponsored hire boat named Aqua Jeta. Above - Galley still work in progress, the fridge was installed shortly after taking this photo. Above – Norton canes have fitted the mechanism for the both wheel and gearshift controls. We take the theft of our original work very seriously & would draw to your attention it is protected under UK copyright law.

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I seemed to have forgotten to snap a photo of that step, other than the spreading of the glue.
Obviously I wanted my galley box horizontal when captured in PocketShip’s sloping companionway.
I just had time to brush on a coat of marine varnish to protect the epoxy and give the box a yachty glow.
Likewise, the butane cartridge pops out in a second and I was careful to stow that with its cap on. All the heat goes up, not sideways, and after many uses the wood never got more than lukewarm.
The boat is a reverse layout but as opposed to the galley being at the far stern, Scarborough Pair has the saloon aft, then the Pullman Dinette followed by the Galley midships this leads onto the walkthrough bathroom followed by the main cabin with crossbed at the bow of the boat.
To enable this to be stored securely whilst their on board Richard requested that a steel locker be incorporated at deck level for easier access. The location of these windows are determined at the initial boat planning stage before any steelwork is started.
The living areas will be fitted with hopper type windows, with the exception of the galley which will have a sliding window over the sink and a pair of steel glazed side doors opposite. The main cabin will have a crossbed with two wardrobes either side and connecting arched cabinet over the porthole. This has been painstakingly made from machined strips of solid oak each one being cut at a different angle to form the arch. Not sure if they can be made out here but we’ve added solid oak curved mouldings around the vertical corners creating a softer, more tactile feel to the fitout. The cupboard is split into different storage areas as Richard & Monica what to be able to store chairs in one side, coats in another and canal boat guides in the top section.
The two vertical doors will open into each other from the centre support, this allows the far cupboard to be accessed from outside and the closest cupboard to be opened from inside the boat.
Therefore Richard designed and asked use to build slide out seats into the each of the dinette seats. Jan’s painted the beading and what a diffence it makes, it suddenly brings the space to life. The solid oak floor will be laid shortly after and then the task of machining up and fitting the oak trims will start. Both sets are Stable doors, allowing the tops sections to be opened independently of the bottom halfs. The apertures above the door will contain the Beta instrument panel, Remote control for the Victron 3000w Combi Unit, Victron 602 battery monitor and the water level gauge.

These will have small toughened glass shelves for an alarm and glasses etc, they will be lit by a small LED light so they can be switched during the night without waking up the person lying next to you – saves an elbow in the ribs! Thats all for now on Tom Kitten another update will follow shortly. The same fabric will also be used on the porthole bungs – these bungs have been made by Jan and can be spied uncovered on the photo before (on the curved shelf under the worktop).
But this lovely galley box could, with a few tweaks, be used in all sorts of dinghies and small yachts.
I was thinking of the many occasions that would arise when a pot boiled over, or the box was left out in the rain. Gluing the flange on at exactly the right angle is tricky, and I needed to get it right—in a hurry. For some reason, in between the CA glue step and the filleting step, I coated the exterior of the box with epoxy. However, PocketShip’s small size and shallow draft mean that calm, protected anchorages are always on my itinerary. The photo below shows the storage compartment from inside the cabin, this will be boxed in during the lineout stage and the space underneath will become a storage cupboard (photos further down). The window locations are worked out to the nearest millimeter to ensure that they are positioned correctly in relation to the boats layout, and not positioned in the centre of a bulkhead or inside a wardrobe! One will encorporate and cover the locker so visually from the inside it will look like a cupboard. From cutting down the rough oak boards to the smooth finished piece here it has taken around 10 hours, and the main cupboard hasn’t even been started yet! We decided to split and alter the one to the left, with the addition of a shelf – this provides more visual interest, as the two flat bulkheads look a little overpowering.
Both slide out seats pictured here will have a reversible lid which will have upholstered foam attached on the underside.The lids will then be lifted off and turned over to form the two seats.
The photo above is the steps in the closed position and the photo below is in the open position. Once again these are built in solid oak. Phil & Debbie wanted two small portholes in the top section of the stern doors to allow a little light through.
She has filled these with a special secret material to prevent condensation and retain as much heat as possible (patent pending!).
John was snapping away with his I Phone while he built it, and has created this step-by-step guide.
Since PocketShip’s bridge deck is horizontal, I cut a rectangle of wood exactly the same height as the flange. Probably I had another epoxy-coating job going and just wanted to catch the box while I had a chance. Throughout three hot dinners and three hot breakfasts last week, not once did I worry about the pot sliding off. The shelf will be handy for the odd mug of tea or coffee (with a coaster of course!) as this area will contain two stressless type chairs.
We’ll also be building a table extension that can also be used as a infill piece when the seats are out to form a large bed.
To ensure that they look good from the inside Jordan has had to make some bespoke porthole liners, which can be seen lying on the top section of the door linings above.
It would not be difficult to rig sturdy metal pot-holders sufficient to keep a pot in place if a powerboat disrupts your anchorage.

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