Genius (yes, I am easily impressed)
What’s the number one feature in an automobile’s interior? Stereo? Comfortable seats? Navigation computer? Nope. It’s cup holders. Come on, you know it’s true. Sometimes the car’s designers get it right and other times they totally screw it up, hiding the only spot large enough to control your steaming cup of coffee right behind the shifter.
I’m not going to say that the same thing isn’t just as important on a boat because it is, especially on those tippy boats. Spilled cocktails are nothing to laugh at! But what do you do when the party is over and all the beverages have been consumed? You have to do the dishes of course and this is where I think the Leopard 4600’s designers really hit a home run.
As most boat owners know, counter-top real estate in a galley is in high demand. Having enough of it available for the dish-drying racks that are commonly used in household kitchens is pretty rare, at least in the boats that I’ve had the pleasure of touring. This is why I thought that the folding dish rack that we installed above our sink was super clever. It takes up no counter space at all and allows the water dripping off the still-wet dishes to fall directly into our sinks.
Leopard went one better though. They actually built a permanent dish-drying station into a recess in the counter. The spot is large enough to hold an entire meal’s worth of dishes and it’s deep enough so that the plates and glasses won’t fall out if the boat is moving. In addition to that, it has its own drain so that the dish water has a place to go. When not in use this recess has a flush-fitting lid which fits over it so that it can be used for additional storage (they had a blender tucked into this spot on the 4600 we were on). In my mind this feature is genius. Now if they had only given the cup-holder thing a bit more thought!
This pic was snapped as the charter company’s cleaning crew was still looking after the galley. The appliances and counters were a LOT more shiny when we were on board.
Do you have an innovative dish-drying solution? If so, please post, I’d love to hear it.