Interior layouts in the Nordic 40 varied. On Impulse, at the base of the companionway to starboard and open to the saloon are the nav station, a hanging locker, and a comfortable quarter berth. Opposite, to port, is a U-shaped galley with a pair of deep stainless-steel sinks, plenty of counter space, and a three-burner propane stove and oven. The huge icebox is very well insulated. (On Impulse, it's equipped with an excellent Seafrost engine-driven/110-volt refrigerator/freezer.) Forward of the galley is an L-shaped settee with a bulkhead-mounted fold-down table, a leaf of which extends to meet the starboard-side settee. Both settees make excellent sea berths and have large storage spaces outboard. Forward of the saloon, to port, is a large head. At sea, we use its separate stall shower as a wet locker. Opposite the head are more cabinets and storage, and in the bow there's a conventional V-berth cabin.