planning a galley in wheelhouse, preferred materials?

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  1. BHM36
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    I'm building out a galley in the wheelhouse and wondering what material would be best for long-term and stability. Base: Was thinking of 3/4 coosa with resin and glass or foam core fiberglass panel (thickness?). Whats the best option? What material would you use for the counter top (will have sm recessed sink)? Or any other ideas? Thank you
  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    So long as the material used is waterproof (ie not chipboard and such like), then any typical kitchen construction material would work surely?
    Marine plywood (1/2" thick?) or 1/2" thick foam cored fibreglass sheets?

    For the counter top it would probably be easiest to use Arborite / Formica laminate?

    Or could Corian be viable?

    I am assuming that you have a motor boat (re your name BHM 36) - I would still want to install nice fiddle rails on the edges of the counter tops to help stop things from falling off.

    Will you be constructing a built in ice-box / fridge as well?
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Corian is very heavy. You can get thin laminate and glue it over plywood. Do you need an ultralight galley? Otherwise, plywood is hard to beat.

  4. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    I am planning to build mine with Komatex 1/2". I might use some 3/4" coosa for a vertical panel in the middle. But I like the no painting requirement of komatex. If it sags a wee bit, I don't care. I don't intent to build conventional cabs. There will be no bottom.

    The top is probably going to be sapele marine ply 1/2". I am trying to keep it lighter.
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