Sunday, April 14, 2013

Galleys and Goodbyes

To start with the second part of this post's title, we (hopefully) said goodbye to our Regal 3760 today. She is on the market and we brought her to the Bay Bridge Marina for the Bay Bridge Boat Show this weekend (anybody want a boat?). With any luck, she will sell quickly. Today was bittersweet as she has been a great boat. Mother Nature knew we needed one last good ride and she gave us a warm, sunny day with few waves and we were able to send her off with a good bath.

As many of you know, our boats have been named Luv'n Life and we've always had Regals (hence the reason for the blog name). A friend recently asked if I was going to change my blog site now that we own a Carver. To answer simply -- no. I'm just redefining "Regal" to mean a way of life.

Now on to galleys... For my non-boating followers, a galley is a kitchen on a boat. Our beautiful Carver is still out of the water while the shipyard waits on trim tab struts. So, while we weren't able to move onto her yet, I was able to spend some good time arranging my new galley. Keep in mind that I've gone from this...
To this...
Before moving out of our house, I sold and donated a lot of kitchen stuff. Have you ever looked in the back of your kitchen cabinets? How many baking pans do you have that you've never used? I also put my china and crystal in storage a) because there isn't room and b) because highly breakable items like that do not belong on a boat (with the exception of two crystal champagne flutes that will be very carefully stored for special occasions). I am happy to report that I found room for everything! And there is still space left for food.

There is one part of my galley that has me a little concerned. How on earth do I fit everything I need in this refrigerator and freezer? Tips/thoughts/ideas are greatly appreciated!!
The previous owners of the boat left behind many kitchen items and I had fun deciding what to keep. While totally cheesy, these plates may be fun for deserts:
So, yes, I kept the fish plates. They also left behind regular plates, bowls, and glasses so I don't have to go shopping anytime soon.

Since she is out of the water, I was able to take a fun picture today.
Our 2002 Ford Explorer next to our 2003 Carver 466.
Before any of you say "Wow! Your boat is huge!!!" please take a picture of your vehicle next to your house. :)


  1. Julie -

    Thank you for keeping this blog going! I am so envious of your adventure! This may seem like a silly question but, in the winter, what do you use to heat the cabin? And what is your estimated move in date now that you're waiting for struts?

    Enjoy and keep blogging! :)

    - Katie

    1. Katie -

      We have many options for heat in the winter. While the water is above 40 degrees we can use the reverse cycle heat on the boat (our built-in HVAC system). Once the water gets too cold, we can use ceramic space heaters and/or install a diesel heater. We haven't decided which route we plan to take yet. By the way, feel free to ask any "silly questions" you may have. This is going to be a learning experience for me and I'll have many questions along the way.

      The struts are supposed to arrive Monday or Tuesday so we hope to be on the boat next weekend.

      Thanks for reading!!!


  2. I love seeing your car next to your new does look huge!! I am still so excited for you, and can't wait to visit. You are going to make this home perfect, and I know you'll be completely settled before long. I'm sure there are a ton of great storage ideas out there. Enjoy each moment, and keep us posted!!