Section 7 to 7.2
January 1972

You can treat everything below decks just like a home interior. Your interior teak should be oiled occasionally with a quality teak oil such as "Watco" to maintain its "yacht like" appearance. For a more permanent finish, the teak should be varnished with a semi-gloss or rubbed effect varnish. Keep the boat well ventilated, especially the bilges and lockers, and watch out for dampness. Leaving a couple of 100 watt light bulbs burning below will usually take care of any sweating and reduce that "clammy" feeling, especially during the winter months or during times of damp fog. It's a good idea to leave the bunk cushions on their sides and open up the lockers if you plan to be gone for awhile. It might not look very neat but it increases ventilation and allows everything to air out. Any time things get wet with salt water rinse off with FRESH WATER as soon as possible and let dry thoroughly. The salt crystals retain moisture and the material will always remain damp until cleaned with fresh water. Air and sunlight are wonderful cleaners bring the vacuum cleaner aboard and get the carpet, cushions, blankets, sleeping bags, etc., up on deck in the sunshine while the vacuum picks up below. Spring cleaning should take place periodically, not annually, to keep the interior clean and bright.

Most of the equipment below deck is covered in other sections of the manual, with the exception of stoves, refrigeration, and any other optional accessories that you have installed. We have included the Interior Arrangement drawings for your boat in Section 7-1, followed by any related information.

7-1 Interior Arrangement


An alcohol stove is the most common installation on boats because it burns clean, has minimal fumes, and an alcohol flame can be put out with water. The tag on your stove indicates that it had been factory tested prior to shipping, in accordance with the Fire Protection Standards set down in the Boating Industry of America Manual. This type of stove is as safe as a gas stove BUT BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PLAQUE MOUNTED NEAR THE STOVE. For your convenience we will repeat those instructions here.

  1. Close container valve immediately in any emergency.
  2. Keep container valve closed whenever appliance is not in use and when leaving boat unattended.
  3. Be certain that all appliance valves are closed before opening container valve.
  4. To light burners: with fuel container valve closed pressure container to 15 lbs., making certain appliance valves are closed. Open container valve. Fill priming cup 3/4 full by opening one burner valve. Shut off burner. Light the priming alcohol and wait until consumed. Open the burner valve and light the burner. If burner will not burn like a gas burner repeat priming.
  5. Do not leave burner with low flame unattended.
  6. Test system for leakage at least twice a month and after any emergency in accordance with the following procedure.
  7. Burning alcohol is readily extinguished by water.

About 90% of all galley fires from alcohol stoves come from PRIMING THE STOVE. Fortunately alcohol is the ONLY FUEL WHOSE FLAME CAN BE PUT OUT WITH WATER: The trouble is that if the stove is OVER PRIMED - too much fuel in the pan at the beginning - or UNDER PRIMED - turning on the stove before it is fully primed - fires can result.

If you will drill yourself, and others, right from the beginning as to the proper sequence of steps and timing involved, most of the potential troubles will be eliminated. The remaining problems come about from improper maintenance of the stove. Regular checks, following the manufacturer instructions, should take care of this.

Section 7-3 LPG Stove

Section 7-4 Mechanical Refrigeration & Freezer

Section 7-5 Electric Refrigeration

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