Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below

, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below

Anatomy of a Sailboat Part 3 – Below means learning an entirely new alphabet, as nearly every single item below has a completely different name than it does on shore! 

I’ll just show you some of the main parts, and please post your questions and comments below! 

Below, not… downstairs. Below.
Sole – the floor
Overhead – the ceiling
Galley – the kitchen
Head – the bathroom
Salon – the living room
Bulkhead – the walls
Settee – sofa
Cabin – the bedroom

, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
We’ll start with an easy one – aft cabin, bunk. Not bed or bedroom.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Aft cain and vanity table.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Forward cabin – V-berth; shaped like a V; often has an insert this end of the “vee” – on a really small boat, there might even be a head hidden beneath those two pillows…
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below

Galley. As in … galley slave! Basin (we don’t say that other word – it’s bad luck.) and stove. This sailboat even has a hood over the propane stove, an oven, to the left is a dish drying cabinet – see the plates in there? Also has a microwave that runs off shore power or the generator, and even a coffee machine that uses those little capsules. Below that is a deep freeze built into the counter on the left. The black area below is a freezer on the left, and a fridge on the right.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Galley. Everything in cabinets and drawers that latch so things aren’t flying around.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Aft head with shower separate from toilet.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Forward head with shower to the right – separate from toilet.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Chart table, VHF radio, tank indicators, air conditioning controls, and mini-electrical panel of the most-used items; water pressure, running lights, bilge pump and more.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Closer view of the mini electrical panel. Shore power items to the right, house battery items to the left.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Shore power panel.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
House battery panel.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
House and starter battery switches, electric winch circuit breaker, windlass circuit breaker.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
House and Shore power electrical panels.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Main salon… saloon…
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Engine room, halon extinguisher, generator and engine fuel separators, water filters.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Engine “room.”
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Engine room plaque.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Through hull fittings; forward head macerator, head basin discharge, speed and depth transducers.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Cleaning off the speed transducer. Plugs ready to replace plug with mechanical wheel during servicing.
, Anatomy of a Sailboat – Part 3 – Below
Closer view of transducers and thru-hull fittings. Do you know “open” from “closed?”

During a new-to-me-boat checkout, I like to start bow to stern on deck, then bow to stern aloft, then bow to stern below. For this series, Part 1 is On Deck, Part 2 is Aloft, and Part 3 is Below.

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