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Old 10-03-2021, 08:54   #31
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Re: Galley countertops

+1 for stainless steel.

No problem with where to put a hot pan.
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I'm tackling a variety of project simultaneously on my boat, with weather, time, supplies, and unexpected issues dictating which I get to tackle on any given day.

My current focus is on the galley. I had to rip out everything so that I could retab the bulkheads to the hull. In the process I decided to take advantage of a blank slate and redesign the galley. I'm almost ready to start installing the stove and refrigerator and sink, but am stalled as I consider what material to use as the countertop. The original was formica over ply. Though I'm using formica to finish the insides of the cabinets and the bulkheads above the countertop (easy to clean!) I'd rather have something less utilitarian-looking for the countertop. I'm considering either a composite like corian, or butcherblock. Does anyone have either on their boat? I'm leaning towards butcherblock because it is inexpensive (I can get a 6' x 39" slab for $350) and easy to work with. My hesitation is how well it would hold up to the marine/boat environment. Any first-hand information gratefully received!
Butcher block tops are very cheap at IKEA. I bought one maybe 3-4 ft x 18" or something like that for $39 several years back. Not sure what they have now but you might check it out.
Butcher block will cut and stain, so it depends on how careful you want to be etc.

I have heard that Corian will break readily (from a Corian sales person many years ago). But I know people and builders have used it successfully, so not sure really.

I had tile done and liked it a lot. No problem with heat either.
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You could always go with that pourable bartop epoxy with something cool under it like carbon fiber. It will scratch and is not great with heat.
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Some thoughts on Corian: While the usual counter material is 1/2" thick, it is also available in 1/4" for vertical surfaces. You might look into having the cut-outs (fridge lid, sink or stove cover) made out of the thinner, lighter material as long as you don't use those areas as your primary work surfaces. You'd have to shim then with 1/4" plywood backs to bring them flush with the rest of the counter, but it's certainly doable, and then those movable pieces are nearly half the weight they'd be out of 1/2" stock.
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When we did a major refit on our galley over 20 years ago, we chose to have granite installed. Since then, we have completed an eight-and-a-half year circumnavigation and the countertops still look great. Despite the belief of some, the weight had no impact on our boat.

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I wonder if you could pour around a cutting board? Like having an inlaid cutting board, as large as you'd like. And then have the rest be decorative? Maybe 1 by the sink. 1 by the stove. Just a thought. It would be light weight, be inexpensive, and look great if you have the skills.
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Re: Galley countertops

MY problem, and it is MY problem, is I do a lot of work in the galley.

As near as I can tell I have never made any makes in the Corian, it has marks but not from me working.

I see no point in installing a nice counter top only to beat it up again. Fortunatly my Wife is extremely tolerant of my antics.
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MY problem, and it is MY problem, is I do a lot of work in the galley.

As near as I can tell I have never made any makes in the Corian, it has marks but not from me working.

I see no point in installing a nice counter top only to beat it up again. Fortunatly my Wife is extremely tolerant of my antics.


I agree, my starboard side countertop is my workshop at times. When I decide to refurbish the countertops, I think itíll be Formica again, maybe butcher block. I do like Corian, but not sure how itíll hold up in the galley countertop/workbench role.
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When we did a major refit on our galley over 20 years ago, we chose to have granite installed. Since then, we have completed an eight-and-a-half year circumnavigation and the countertops still look great. Despite the belief of some, the weight had no impact on our boat.

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looks very nice.

Also, if I were going to add weight to a countertop, I'd want it to be where yours is, which looks pretty close to the center of the cabin, as opposed to hard against the hull, where it's been on all the boats I've sailed, and where considerable additional weight might affect balance in the way littlewing (i think it was) suggested
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Granite for elegance, durability, natural look and variety....if not, corian. At first my concern was vibration an cracking of granite...but it looks from people posting that it is not a problem. All high end boat have granite.

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We've been very happy with stainless steel galley tops....easy to keep clean, especially with integral sinks, and you can put hot things down on them without worry. And, they go well with brushed stainless steel appliances.

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We have been full-time liveaboards for 6+ years, and we also went with granite 5 years ago. Cruising full-time for 3+ years now. Very happy with the granite thus far.
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I went round and round debating what to replace my laminate countertops with and ultimately went with 1/4Ē corian over the base marine ply. Did some sanding, leveling and fairing after removing the old laminate. You donít have to go crazy the silicone will do a good job of filling low spots.

Very happy with the finished product. Youíll need a trim router, selection of files, circular saw, hot glue gun, clamps and a corian adhesive gun. Cuts easily with high tooth count blades and polishing to different levels of shine are a breeze. Glue it down with high quality silicone.

Itís not the easiest product to source and I got mine from Hodges marine if I remember correctly. 96Ē sheet and I had it cut in half which reduced shipping costs and damage risk.
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We've been very happy with stainless steel galley tops....easy to keep clean, especially with integral sinks, and you can put hot things down on them without worry. And, they go well with brushed stainless steel appliances.

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Can not tell from photo but that looks like a custom sink/top.

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Have laminate & butcher block aboard, like both.
- the butcher block has been marked by a hot pan, sanded her down
- butcher block is also beside our Dickinson diesel stove - after months of using the heater during the winter, one seam started to open....closed up again in spring.

No issues with water caused delamination, but the bb is finished with a food safe oil.
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