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Old 30-04-2009, 12:34   #16
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I bought mine from Lowes. They didn't have much on hand but had a ton of samples. I told them which I wanted and it was available for pick up later in the week. Special order.

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Another option you might consider is granite tiles. I made plywood templates and a local tile shop did the cutting. Used 4200 to glue them down and a gray mastic caulk for flex capability. I was ableto use the original fiddles as well. It's been about 5 years now and zero problems.
Plus we love the durability.

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Wow...Nice Galley!! I hope my Admiral doesn't see this post (sigh)!
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Go for Corian, it's easy and much more durable and you can cut it with your router. You can even put hot pans on it, this stuff is amazing.

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:25   #20
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Go for Corian, it's easy and much more durable and you can cut it with your router. You can even put hot pans on it, this stuff is amazing.

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"hot pans"? This predisposes the admiral spend time in the galley.

God Forbid.

My galley hasn't seen a hot pan since I bought the boat. My admiral's idea of "roughing it" is docking at the nearest Chart House restaurant but only if there is a hotel attached. I may have that wrong as I am allowed to use marinas that have attached hotels. er...you get the picture..

I just stopped at Home Depot this morning and discovered they offer a wide variety of stylish patterns in Formica sheets. Minimum size is 3' by 8'. At $2.00 a sq ft this just can't be beat. The only downside is a 2 week wait after placing my order. So, I have a bunch of samples and get to play galley designer today.
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You can now buy very well-made granite tiles. They fit really closely together and give the appearance of a solid slab. They even come with the hang over lip already molded in for corners and such. The cost is about 10 bucks a sq ft.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:13   #22
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Wow...Nice Galley!! I hope my Admiral doesn't see this post (sigh)!
Going off what bottleinamessage said, you might think granite is too heavy. There is the option of using an aluminum honeycomb with granite veneer. Still strong, still solid granite & weighs much less than you would think.
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I made a galley in one boat I had. I did the laminate pretty much as Steve W. mentioned earlier. I found it helped to do a rough cut about an inch or so out so there wasn't so much laminate weight hanging when I did the trim work with the router.

Fill any voids and sand any high spots or bumps on the underlaying surface, so you have a uniform bonding surface fore the contact cement to adhere to.

I have to admit -the tile sure looks nice. It doesn't cost all that much to rent a quality tile cutter for a day.
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I just stopped at Home Depot this morning and discovered they offer a wide variety of stylish patterns in Formica sheets. Minimum size is 3' by 8'. At $2.00 a sq ft this just can't be beat. The only downside is a 2 week wait after placing my order. So, I have a bunch of samples and get to play galley designer today.
There is a type of formica or other laminate that has a solid core. That seems to be a good idea if your countertop stands a good chance of getting scratch or cut.
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The Formica I speak of looks to be about 50 thousands thick. Just shy of 1/16". It comes in 4ft x 8ft or 3ft x 8ft sheets.
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Woah, that honeycomb granite it pretty tight! I wonder what the cost is on it.

OH yeah and Hola Rick (I'm down in Melbourne)
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Just read thru this thread and got a laugh out of seeing all the mono guys suggesting corian, granite etc, nice as that stuff is its heavy,not what you want on a multi, i know each individual additional pound dosnt seem like much but if you add an extra 20 or 30 lbs of countertop thats 20 or 30 lbs of other stuff you need to leave on the dock if you care about performance or safety.JMHO.
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I agree with clockwork, the weight even with a few square feet is an issue. It all adds up quickly. Corian & granite are nice. Laminate can also be and installed right I've seen it last for 30+ yrs looking good. Again TropicCat vertical grade is too thin, standard grade is too thick, post-form thickness is what is best for this app imho.
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Again TropicCat vertical grade is too thin, standard grade is too thick, post-form thickness is what is best for this app imho.
I tried to stop by a cabinet maker shop Saturday morning but they were closed. I'll try again this week before I make any decisions.
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Woah, that honeycomb granite it pretty tight! I wonder what the cost is on it.

OH yeah and Hola Rick (I'm down in Melbourne)
Hey Neighbor. My boat's in Melbourne as well.
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