Pangaea's interior is essentially new, because after the fire in 1994 we
were forced to remake the entire interior of the boat, and up until even
today we are always improving it, yet we are almost completely finished.
Achim and I love the interior look and you will never find another boat
remotely like it.  Our interior is made entirely in bamboo, teak, regular
wood and white "stucco."  Friends have commented that it looks like a
Mexican restaurant, others say it looks like the panda bears' home in a zoo.

Come down the teak gangway and look towards the bow,  forward of the 180
panoramic windows (installed 1995) which peek onto the upper portion of the

First you are looking at a huge salon, with a table big enough for
eight to eat comfortably with the table extended.  On both sides of the
salon, two and three levels of bookshelves bookshelves, bookshelves.  Other than one compartment on one side, all the bookcases are exposes and the books/items are held in place with a removable bar and elastic cord.  It's a virtual library, and we've never seen more space for books on another boat our size.  Under the stain resistant Sunbrella cushions (sewn by me in 1997) we've carved storage space behind all of the seats.  Guaranteed that with thousands of dollars of food and provisions you can't fill all the space entirely, it's almost bottomless.
On the back wall, cassette holders on the wall expose space for 160 cassettes- I'm afraid in many ways we are behind
the times and I love my old cassettes!.  Above the salon is two giant
hatches, (75cm sq). These hatches have advantages and disadvantages: the
disadvantage is, if it rains hard, they don't leak, but once you DO open
them, better to do it with a sponge in hand because the water collects in a
little drain around the sides.  But we picked these for a reason, they are
COMPLETELY flush with the deck.  You could throw a towel across them and lay flat across them!

Then comes the forepeak, which is separated from the salon by a wooden slatted door, the only door in the boat.  Achim, Toni and I often enjoy sleeping up there all three of us, it's plenty big.  Cushions up there were sewn in 1994, it's finished in bamboo and the Goiot hatch is gigantic and
easy to jump through when necessary.  Front of the feet is a little stowage area and on the sides are - you guessed it, two bookshelves.  Underneath the cushions four large storage lockers, and a fifth one reachable from the
salon, that's where I keep the sewing machine and my papers in a file.


OK, about face, now lets go backwards, back to the gangway.  If you look carefully you can see through above the motor room and see into the back cabin.  

Starboard of the gangway is the spacious chart table which opens on both sides.  If I keel over to my
starboard there's a mini "bed" that the person on watch at the chart table
can crash out on.  More and more bookshelves surround me.

Now into the galley on the port side.  Massive wooden cutting board which is liftable and descendible depending on your need, but I keep it always up since I've attached a baby seat to it.  It's very strong and thick.  Underneath the cutting board is a hold we cut out that leads to the storage space under the salon; this is where I kept many of our water jerry cans, so that I had quick access to them rather than always getting the water from our tank.

Port of the cutting board, in the corner, is our ingenious fridge.  It is
built from a 50 liter igloo cooler and has both a Danfoss evaporator with
an optional 12 volt Pelletier system installed.  I've been known to bitch
about it not being very big, and this is true.  it is big enough for one big
shop of milks and cheeses and meats and that's about it and the 55 pound
tuna that we caught on the voyage from the Marquesas to Hawaii kept frozen
in it for about two entire weeks .  But the fact is, who wants to generate
that much energy?  It's really big enough.

Stern of the fridge is the trusty Taylor stove.  Are you folks ready to live with a kerosene stove?  Otherwise you'll have to replace it with a propane system, something we decided against.  She bakes beautiful bread and I am happy to give a full lesson on how to optimize your use of her.  Below her
is bare steel which needs a wiping off every now and then.  Stern of the oven is the very large double sink, with sweet water and salt water pumps, of which we've dismantled the salt since we're in the marina.  I've created my own ugly dish drying system that you can dismantle if you want but it
works great and takes a HELL OF A LOT of dishes at once if you ever put it off for a few days.  There's a hatch above your head and one small one just forward of the sink to throw out organic waste (no no in a marina, of course).

Turn around and there's your pantry.  Four huge shelves with everything for spices, flour, a microwave, dishes, pots and pans, lets face it, plenty of room, which can be closed up for high seas with a lee cloth system.

Then stern from there is the "head."  After our fire, we decided to not close it up and if someone needs some privacy they can pull a curtain.  the beauty of it is that we have the only head in the harbor that doesn't stink
at all!  The openness of it makes it just like the rest of the boat.  The head area has a new shelving system and a sink, which we dismantled because we put the air conditioner on top of the sink area.  We decided once we had the baby that I deserved a little luxury and bought this portable air
conditioner.  The Lavac is old but very trusty and has not given us a stitch of trouble.

 Straight across from the head I'm looking at storage, an extension of the
pantry.  We presently keep our shoes, underwear, and socks in this area in plastic drawers.  The head has lots of space for all your bathroom knick-knacks.

Now we go into the back cabin, also known as the "fornicatorium."  If we
kept the boat, this is where we'd probably let the children sleep, unless
you co-sleep with one of them, in which case the older child could get the
forepeak and you could have the huge back cabin.  And huge it is.  two BIG
beds right next to one another with space underneath for sails, bikes,
guitars, diggerie-doos... 
Hatches everywhere for aeration.  you could built
a curtain between the two beds if you need some privacy, but I personally
don't recommend building a wall because its so beautifully aerated.  One
large hatch above one bed allows for lookouts from the back cabin.  The
mirrored closet offers a double sided hanging space for lots and lots of
In front of the closet is yet another small bed for yet another visitor.  In fact, it's easy to invite a couple of two to stay
aboard with you guys; you four can sleep comfortably in the back and the
guests get the forepeak, and you don't even have to pull out a special bed
or anything.

The motor is in the center of the boat and there is storage space we created above it (it's in a fireproof box now).  The mizzen post is covered with cloth and looks like a large scratching pole for a cat.  


The rudder post is at the stern and you can watch it turn when you're in the back bed. There are 15 shelves in the back for clothes, linens, stuff stuff stuff.  Then
there's what we call the back in the back, behind the steering rudder is a
large storage space at the stern where we've kept everything from sails and
our dingy to the carpets to diving gear to fishing gear to anything and everything.