This time it was not my fault. I wouldn’t mind, but when a company sends 2 different guys out to do a template, 2 different ways, you would expect that they would get it right…right? Nope, not the case. Not only did they seam my countertop in the wrong place making it to wide to fit into the galley (kitchen), but they cut my head (bathroom) countertop as though it was a rectangle, when their measurements should have clearly indicated a trapezoid. There are very few right angles on this boat.
I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel here folks. Lots of boat owners install Corian in their boats for the same reason that I decided to go with the material; it’s light. This company has done boats in the past. I am not the first. They are a reputable company that does all of the Corian fabrications for Lowes and Home Depot. Not sure how they managed to screw up my order so bad, especially after having a laser template and a traditional constructed template, but they did.
On a brighter note, I had the cabinets refaced and I really like the way that they turned out. I went back and forth with wether to keep the old cabinets or get new ones, but honestly I have never seen more well-built, sturdy, hardy, solid cabinets in my life. I couldn’t see any point of removing such a strong product to replace with something of less quality. So I gave them a facelift.
I made a couple of modifications, like discontinuing the dishwasher under the electric range. I moved it to the opposite wall. I also moved the microwave to over the range and bought a traditional double oven stove to replace the wall oven. I brought the cabinet that is over the fridge out further to be flush with the fridge paneling and opened up the inside so it goes all the way back. (You Hatteras folks should know what I mean) I don’t know why Hatteras closed that off. I’m guessing because it’s not within easy reach, but I don’t mind standing on a chair. That’s more good space, and you can never have enough storage on a boat. I am not totally happy with the new fridge, but it’s good enough and at least I don’t have to worry about it randomly thawing my frozens.
Removing the old countertops was no easy task. Plywood is screwed down and glued and then 3 layers of a thin stone like laminate was installed over. The countertops were originally installed under the back wall, so we had to cut along the wall before removal. We ended up sawzalling the countertops and removing them in pieces.
Once you begin to open stuff up on a boat, it’s like a can of worms, all kinds of hidden things pop up. I discovered that there is a vinyl-like bag under the galley counter that supplies air to the salon. The bag was completely disgusting; coated with years of dust and mildew. This was the perfect opportunity, while the countertop was off to replace the bag, not to mention it got damaged during the countertop demo. I had to take a trip to a marine canvas shop to purchase a new piece of vinyl so my Mom can make a new bag. Lucky for me, she’s a seamstress by trade.
My carpenter has begun the lower level flooring. I decided to go with a vinyl plank flooring because it’s light, durable and waterproof. I also installed a moisture barrier underneath to protect the subfloor.
I took the opportunity while the countertops are off to have shut-off valves installed. I’m not sure why boats don’t have shut-off valves, but in my opinion they are very important. Especially in an emergency.
I still have lots to do like finish the flooring, the valances and curtains throughout the boat, re-upolster the galley dinette, new wall coverings and the heads still need to be finished. But so far, except the countertop goof, things are going well.
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