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Old 27-01-2020, 13:49   #1
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Iím redoing my galley and 2 heads and I want to put quartz countertops in ... what do we think of quartz on a 46í sailboat
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Iím redoing my galley and 2 heads and I want to put quartz countertops in ... what do we think of quartz on a 46í sailboat
I would not do it because you get weight without practical benefits. If you use granite then you get the most durable and fully heat resistant countertop so thatís what I would do.
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Or, increase utility and save money by using butcher block wood. It comes in pretty colors if you don't mind destroying rain forests to get it. Otherwise, maple. And, you can trim it to fit yourself.
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Or Corian. You can frequently find it cheap on Craigslist when people re-do a kitchen.
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I've got Corian and while it has served well it makes for a heavy icebox lid that some have managed to drop on their hand.
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Yes I have looked into corian but would much rather have quartz.. just wondering if anyone has it in there boat now and how is it holding up. Thank you guys
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Or Corian. You can frequently find it cheap on Craigslist when people re-do a kitchen.

That's my choice. Corian (or the different European analogues) is a lovely material which feels better than stone to work on, doesn't break dishes like granite, can be sanded to remove dings and scratches. In my opinion it's much better for a boat than any kind of hard stone counter.



Downside is cost, and it's fairly heavy, though probably not heavier than stone.
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Re: Quartz Countertops

Is the OP talking about synthetic quartz? It's lighter than the real stuff and works and installs similar to Corian. It has real quartz in it so working with it is a bit different.
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What ever you get, make certain they have proper fiddles. Most stone tops have nothing and IMO fiddles are extremely helpful if you ever plan to make food while under sail.

Edit: Here's a link to a corian top that was specially made w/integrated fiddles. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...out-50762.html

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Is the OP talking about synthetic quartz? It's lighter than the real stuff and works and installs similar to Corian. It has real quartz in it so working with it is a bit different.


Yes quartz as a man made material -synthetic quartz yes
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Weight and price isn’t a worry for me I’m just wanting to know if it’s gonna crack underway

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I like quartz a lot and have done three kitchens with it. Better than granite as it is stronger, more heat tolerant to setting a hot pot down, and doesn't need sealing as granite does to avoid stains. Most new power boats over about 35-feet or so have come with granite (or quartz) countertops for over a decade now. Silestone brand of quartz is a personal favorite.

Leaving aside the issue of overall weight and top-load hatches, I am installing Corian in my boat as part of a major refit, even though it has a slightly dated feel. Two primary reasons: first, Corian is easier to fabricate for the twists and turns common on boat countertops, sometimes with vertical surface or shelf. Second, its a bit softer and less prone to chipping/breaking glass/ceramic dinnerware which is our preference. Interestingly, there is not a significant price difference between Corian, Granite, Quartz, or even Formica, presumably because actual fabrication is the largest cost.

The above said, if re-sale is in your future, Quartz would give a very nice look and be perceived as a benefit to Corian. Just depends on what you're trying to achieve.
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Quartz is not very durable. You can not put a hot pan on it. If you spill wine on white quartz you will have a spot.

Same for Corian. I have Corian and like the look (mine is just white), but it scratches easily, canít take a hot pan and stains. Weighs the same as quartz or granite.

Quartz and Corian (solid surface) are epoxy based products. Nothing beats granite. You can put a propane burner on the same spot for hours and nothing bad will happen.

Other good choice is stainless steel. Commercial galleys all use stainless steel.
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Quartz is not very durable. You can not put a hot pan on it. If you spill wine on white quartz you will have a spot.
This is not correct - must be referring to a different product than engineered stone/quartz. Quartz is non-pourous (e.g. will resist wine stains), inert, and temperature stable. It is possible to scorch it, but that is extremely difficult: basically a torch. A hot pot won't do it (Corian withstands 450-degrees and is fairly heat-tolerant too). Quartz will not crack and is stronger than Granite (occasionally, granite cracks, though some granites are stronger than others). Quartz, unlike Granite, is 100% maintenance free - granite is somewhat porous and requires sealing to prevent stains.

Quartz is a dynamite product and is displacing granite in modern kitchens for good reasons. I just prefer Corian solid-surface products in boats.
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This is not correct - must be referring to a different product than engineered stone/quartz. Quartz is non-pourous (e.g. will resist wine stains), inert, and temperature stable. It is possible to scorch it, but that is extremely difficult: basically a torch. A hot pot won't do it (Corian withstands 450-degrees and is fairly heat-tolerant too). Quartz will not crack and is stronger than Granite (occasionally, granite cracks, though some granites are stronger than others). Quartz, unlike Granite, is 100% maintenance free - granite is somewhat porous and requires sealing to prevent stains.

Quartz is a dynamite product and is displacing granite in modern kitchens for good reasons. I just prefer Corian solid-surface products in boats.
Modern kitchens? You mean posh show kitchens! Show me one single quartz countertop manufacturer who writes that it is okay to put hot pots straight on their countertop. They donít, they all explicitly exclude that from warranty.

If you want the professionalís choice then you go for stainless steel. There is not a single professional galley aboard ship nor airplane that uses quartz.

Quartz as natural mineral is all that you describe, but quartz countertops are a man made material, namely ground natural quartz suspended in epoxy resin. The actual quartz material inside is okay and super duty durable but the binder is the weak spot. It is also the binder that wears off, just like solid surface does and this is when it starts staining.

Granite can crack when you bend it. The stories about spontaneous cracks are unlikely but cases do exists where a slab has internal stress. Doesnít happen with good quality though. Yes it needs to be sealed but it is not like marble or travertine which is porous.
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