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sport15er posted 05-17-2001 10:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
I'd like to hear the general consensus concerning modifying the top of my SS15 console with solid surfacing Corian; (color is bone; very complimentary to Desert Tan). I feel that it will add a touch of class to an already classy boat. Any thoughts?
triblet posted 05-17-2001 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
How does Corian hold up to UV?

I think you can get Starboard (which does
hold up) in tan.

Whalers have class only in that form follows
function. If it doesn't function, and
function well, it doesn't have WhalerClass.


where2 posted 05-18-2001 08:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Considering the work of refinishing the wood console, and the disapointment I feel when I see a whaler interior painted, rather than varnished. If you want to cover it in Corian or Starboard, Go for it! Boating is about using the boat, not spending 3 months refinishing the wood (unless you own a wooden boat)
One of the guys my father used to work with (both retired) ran a little home based business called "Classic Whalers" where he refurbished older whalers and resold them. He salvaged the wood interiors where he could, and built Starboard interiors for the rest. I may still someday build a starboard interior for mine, and store the wood.
sport15er posted 05-18-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Chuck, Corian does quite well with UV, at the beginning of the season all that needs to be done is a quick polishing with 1000-2000 grit; and presto..good as new.
Nothing intense as with refinishing wood, by far.
I'm keeping all other original wood intact, just wanted a durable, easy to clean top surface; where the drink holders and other things like lures, etc. tend to accumulate
Tom W Clark posted 05-18-2001 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I think I will give you the same advice about Corian as I do my clients in my home design/construction business. Why chose Corian when you can have marble or granite for only a little more?

hardensheetmetal posted 05-19-2001 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I just ran upstairs and looked under my Corian counter tops and noticed the underside is some type of composite material, almost heavy cardboard like. I would imagine this would swell up pretty quickly if exposed to prolonged moisture.


sport15er posted 05-20-2001 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Dan, what you have is not Corian, more than likely it is Gibraltar, Fountainhead or Avonite; which is available either in 1/2" or the "home owner type", which is 1/8" layed up on a particle board or melamine substrate.
Tom, Prime reasoning for Corian>>(it's free) I'm a fabricator, scrap/cut offs, etc. tend to accumulate...
hardensheetmetal posted 05-21-2001 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Damn-it, first my wife relized the ring was Quibic Zarconium and now the counter tops! Seriously though, I'm pretty sure their real, they came with the video and all the paper work from DuPont on how to clean them, if they aren't Corian, somebodys gatting sued!
Sorry to get off the subject.


hauptjm posted 05-21-2001 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Dan, call in the mouthpiece. The "down side" of corian should look at worst like an unpolished version of the topside. It's a "solid-surface" material. Any laminating on top of a "cardboard like" material ain't real. Another option though, maybe your contractor simply laid it on a substructure of press board. I seriously doubt it.
sport15er posted 05-21-2001 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
That's true, hautpjim, a licenced installer would know that the proper lay up of solid surfacing is to be siliconed to a 'web' of supports, and not a totally flat surface; no room for expansion. Unless it is a SSP 1/8" surface which is bonded to it's substrate, as with Gibralter & other Corian 'look a likes'.... Good luck, email me with your results (since we are getting off the boat subject)
hardensheetmetal posted 05-22-2001 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Well, I just checked again, and it looks like the composite material runs the full width of the counter top, up to the lip, where the counter turns down toward the floor. I'm thinking that it gives the counter more strength as this is an angled island, supported on one sir by the wall, and open on the other for chairs. I can see spots where the composite does not meet and the undersurface is the same as the top. The total thickness with the composite is about 1.5".

Again, sorry about the building materials talk.


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