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Old 04-08-2014, 16:11   #106
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I've read a lot in this thread about using granite. That is simply inconceivable to me. Had it in our home kitchen and while it was gorgeous, it was so hard that you were scared even putting a bottle of wine down too hard. It's noisy, slippery, heavy, just plain too hard. I imagine an offshore passage with granite counter tops would be a real trial.
I remember seeing a Hans Christian boat with what I recall were green marble counters and thinking almost the same things you wrote above. Of course there are always plastic wine glasses for use on the boat. Broken glass on a boat is something to avoid.
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Old 04-08-2014, 16:55   #107
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Here are more pictures of the countertops. Some trim has not been installed yet.
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Here are more pictures of the countertops. Some trim has not been installed yet.
If there were a prize for nice looking counters, I would give you one!

The wood looks wonderful.
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Re: Galley Counter Top

There is beauty also when function is considered. Lots of thick applications of decorative wood equals lots of useless weight above the waterline. Add to that the special mass of marble or granite, then you have a boat that really likes to roll toward its beam ends. If you are serious about having lots of wood, keep this in mind. Heavy displacement, especially when the "weight" is above the waterline, equals a slow, lumbering (no pun intended) but beautiful work of art, perhaps more suited to a houseboat than a seagoing vessel. Making a compromise with thin veneers, foam structure and plastic laminates can give you a beautiful product that moves more gracefully through the seas.
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There is beauty also when function is considered. Lots of thick applications of decorative wood equals lots of useless weight above the waterline. Add to that the special mass of marble or granite, then you have a boat that really likes to roll toward its beam ends. If you are serious about having lots of wood, keep this in mind. Heavy displacement, especially when the "weight" is above the waterline, equals a slow, lumbering (no pun intended) but beautiful work of art, perhaps more suited to a houseboat than a seagoing vessel. Making a compromise with thin veneers, foam structure and plastic laminates can give you a beautiful product that moves more gracefully through the seas.
That maybe true for boats with a lot of freeboard or skeg keels. Or even trailer sailers. But with low sleek boats & fin keels, like racers, it hardly makes a difference. On my IOR I've put storage boxes in the upper P/S berths and I don't really notice any difference. More then half of this boats weight is in the keel lead.
What applies for one boat may not apply to others. No two boats are alike unless production models (sisters).
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Re: Galley Counter Top

Having read the replies on this thread you may have a more difficult choice than you first thought. Every cruiser is unique and what serves one will be detested by another. Since I do most of the work in the galley my captain left the decision to me. I chose Corian for all the benefits so won't list them again. Yes it is heavy and we divested a similar weight of the galley corian by selling a fisherman's anchor that had been with the boat since we bought her - had carried 15 years and never used it. So I got a beautiful new galley and some money to spend.

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That's truly exceptional work.
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After reading this entire thread, I am as undecided as ever. Which is a good thing. Allows personal choice free reign.

Weight will still matter (I am doing the stability calculations, and it makes a huge difference to AVS -- angle of vanishing stability) but using foam core fiberglass underneath allows anything on top to be thin, and therefore light.
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Re: Galley Counter Top

I'd really like to revive this thread, as it is one of the better galley countertop threads I've seen...

Has anyone considered bamboo countertops?

Replacing the countertop on one side of the galley in our 1989 Catalina 36 d/t rot around the old drop-in double sink, and to accommodate a large SS single basin undermount sink (I'd have gone bigger single basin, but $15 at the ReStore is about in line with my budget, lol.)

Weight and weight distribution matters to me, especially above the waterline. Catalinas are beamy and rolly pigs to begin with, though I love ours very much and she is an accomplished traveler. I spent a good portion of my adolescence in a restaurant, and am accustomed to bleachable, easy maintenance surfaces, but time and budget won't permit custom stainless, alas.

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Re: Galley Counter Top

All this modern stuff.
I guess I am just too old now because I know they still make formica and it is nearly indestructible.
Stainless is cheap too these days-or so I'm told.
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Yes, that is very pleasing to the eye!
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Re: Galley Counter Top

We went with 1/2" Corian in the galley and both heads, Not as heavy as I thought it would be? but very pricy. I installed it over the existing counters so it's strong enough to sit on.
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We went with 1/2" Corian in the galley and both heads, Not as heavy as I thought it would be? but very pricy. I installed it over the existing counters so it's strong enough to sit on.
Did you cut and install this yourself or did you hire a professional?
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I made the patterns and the install, had a guy do the cutting and edging.
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