I opted for Corian benchtops in my galley and head
, but it was not a difficult choice; I own a joinery business and we were doing a large commercial
Cafe job with white corian benches and counters at the right time. Just had my fabricator work his magic with some carefully planned offcuts.
Corian would be considered by some as too heavy, but the amount of benchtop on even a 40' boat is not enormous, and is reasonably insignificant overall - IMHO. The extra 20 litres of fuel
in the jerry can on the deck
would add more weight to your boat than the additional weight of corian over laminate on your benchtop. After all we are the "Crusiers Forum", not Racers Forum, and weight is surely less of an issue.
Corian is hygenic, easy to clean, and can be easily re-polished to remove scratches with a fine/mild abrasive such as cutting compound. If you want to you can have a splashback or fiddle integrated to form a complete unit. All joints are "welded" and polished to create a seamless, gap free wet area.
I had my galley sink undermounted and a corian lid made to infil to create more bench space when not using sink. When I next get opportunity I will photograph and post.
In the early days there were many awful examples of Corian installations, largely done by either inexperienced or untrained fabricators. In Australia
, supply of these solid surface materials is strictly controlled and only to acredited fabricators - quality control is closely monitored.
Corian is probably not for everyone, but it is certainly worth considering.