Boat kitchens

Ok, usually when you think kitchen, you instantly visualize something like this:detail_59

You know, it should be big enough, with an island or two, all the cupboards you need, task- accent- and food-tracing lighting, all that glitz and useful mechanics… You think great stone or walnut floor, big-big windows and ample workspace. Space to entertain, to cook, to store, whatnot.

But what happens when you have constrains? I mean real ones, not when you cannot fit in two islands, only one. Like in a ship? (no, not the QE2, you won’t be cooking there unless you’re their chef.) Let’s see:

Longboat in the UK

What do you expect from a longboat like this? Not too much, right? Then look at the gorgeous, albeit small kitchen of this boat – which is treading the waters in the United Kingdom. The red cabinets are standard-issue Ikea ones, all other parts of the longboat however seems to be hand-made to fit into the unusual space.

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The Amsterdam houseboats

The next ones are houseboats in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’ve been there, countless small canals criscross the city and there are lots of boats like this. In a country that had claimed so much land from the sea, what else can you expect?

However these boats are more house-like on the inside: as former cargo boats, they are quite spacious on the inside. What’s more, they practically cost about as much as a regular flat in Amsterdam – from about 250 – 300.000 USD. (don’t try buying a similar vessel in France, however.. they cost more than a million dollars and up..)

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118 Wallypower

And last but not least, my current favorite: what do you expect from a company called Wally? Small boats, maybe for kids? Couldn’t be more wrong: they make what are probably the world’s best sailboats, sailing yachts and motorboats. (also have plans for megayachts, about a size of an apartment complex…)

The 118 Wallypower, however is 118 feet long and is comfortable for a total of 12 people. It might look like a stealt fighter plane that missed the runway, but on the inside, it has the feel of a NY City loft: light, airy and very-very comfortable.

The galley (aka. kitchen – probably this is where “galley kitchen” comes from) is equipped with a professional oven and stove, as well as plenty of fridges. It’s made enitrely of stainless steel, including the ceiling. (I know some people are now a bit out of love from steel, but it’s quite practical at the sea..) Most likely the prod owner won’t spend too much time in here, however.

One more thing: you can drive this beast as fast as 70mph on the seas – not your average cargo vessel. (don’t ask MPG, as it’s gallon per mile..) The price? There is only one – probably not for sale yet – that did cost USD 24 million to the lucky owner…

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  • 8 comments ↓

    #1 Lolita on 01.02.08 at 6:44 pm

    waw!
    i’m impreased of the images posted here!

    #2 Fantastic! on 03.19.08 at 9:08 pm

    Amazing! I just got myself a new goal! I want one of those boats!

    #3 Website counters | Hit counter free download on 08.21.08 at 12:44 am

    I want also those boats! and a great house :) )

    #4 Contemporary Dining Chairs on 10.14.08 at 9:15 pm

    Wish i lived there. What a great idea. Can’t we do this on one of our lakes or rivers?

    #5 Soulgirl on 07.15.09 at 12:01 pm

    OMG! That narrow boat kitchen is to die for! I’m currently looking for ideas and am so pleased I found your blog because I hadn’t thought about using standard house kitchen units at all! Now the world, or canals, are my oyster :)

    #6 Leader on 07.12.10 at 7:41 pm

    thank you for sharing!!! it’s my dream boat kitchen!!!

    #7 Boldy on 10.25.10 at 5:09 pm

    Hola,
    Interesante, no va a continuar con este artнculo?

    Boldy

    #8 wall mirrors guy on 12.04.10 at 7:09 pm

    So impressive! Those boasts are fabulous. I really like them.

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