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,
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
Come down the teak gangway and look towards the bow, forward of the
panoramic windows (installed 1995) which peek onto the upper portion of
First you are looking at a huge salon, with a table big
eight to eat comfortably with the table extended. On both sides of
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
little drain around the sides. But we picked these for a reason,
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
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
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.
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
about it not being very big, and this is true. it is big enough for
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
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.
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
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
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
Now we go into the back cabin, also known as the "fornicatorium."
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.
beds right next to one another with space underneath for sails, bikes,
Hatches everywhere for aeration. you could
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.
large hatch above one bed allows for lookouts from the back cabin.
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
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
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.
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.
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
our dingy to the carpets to diving gear to fishing gear to anything and everything.