I have to say that Stainless wrapped on ply is a great material for Galley wet benches. I have read some of the for and against in this thread, however I can speak from experience.
When I rebuilt my galley 10 years ago I was considering using Corian. After considerable research
I decided against it. Whilst it initially looks good it is heavy, expensive and marks very easy. As someone who enjoys a nice red wine occasionally Corian had a serious problem with staining. I was replacing the entire galley so I had an open book.
I was inspired by photos of the galley in Greg Normans boat Aussie Rules (M/Y Floridian now M/Y Nomad) The benches were Brushed Stainless with mirror polished Edges.
What will surprise many is that stainless is much cheaper, Lighter and harder wearing than any other surface and the big plus, absolutely waterproof. It is easy to maintain and I don't believe it is industrial looking at all.
We don't have a reflective problem as some have suggested. Whilst it is down inside the boat we do have a large Lemar Hatch
that when open allows direct sunlight on the surface and I have never experienced a major issue.
The best thing is the sink is welded in and there is absolutely no were for water
of the top surface is easy with a 3M scotchbrite pad and in 10 years the edges have lost
none of there reflective shine.
So far as the industrial look comment we regularly have guest comment on how wonderful the galley looks. Never had a derogatory remark. Quite the opposite.
We mixed the top with formica and timber edges above the Refrigerator
where there was not an issue with water
. I think the combination works great.
The other thing we did was to use M8 mirror stainless as the splashback. It gives a feeling of openness to the galley.
I used the same bench top on the electrical
cupboard to match the galley. It's hard wearing surface and give me a great little work bench.
I hope this helps in your decision. I will look for a better photo
of the galley bench.
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