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Old 01-10-2019, 04:35 PM   #41
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Geoleo,

I might respectfully disagree with that one. Being in the remodeling and home investing business, the vast majority of remodeling is done with granite. 100% of my homes are done with granite.

There are good alternatives, but granite is hard to beat. And I don't want to see garbage, and dishes will break if you mishandle them on anything.
Granite does hide the garbage and dirt on countertops so one cant see to clean it.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:52 PM   #42
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Granite does hide the garbage and dirt on countertops so one cant see to clean it.
Yup, house cleaning is a real chore. Sometimes a bit of discipline is in order.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:54 PM   #43
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Yup, house cleaning is a real chore. Sometimes a bit of discipline is in order.
Countertops are the least of my boat concerns.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:40 PM   #44
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Any ideas why?
At that level, everyone wants something special, to be the envy of others. Granite has become commonplace in tract homes, there is absolutely nothing special about it anymore. So, concrete seems to fit the need. It takes a craftsman -- much more so than granite, and can be as special as art.
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I am still a fan of wood like in not so old ages when we could find butcher blocks in kitchen, but I am a nostalgic dreamer.

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I also try to avoid that.
The reason I tested the quartz with carbide was that one of the "selling" points was that you could cut right on the surface. I didn't plan on dong that but I tested the sample square they gave me first with a knife. Then when that didn't scratch it, I used the carbide scribe. Their claim was true.
I only tried scratching the granite cause I had a small piece left over from a remodel and I wanted to know based on this thread. Couldn't find my scribe so I used a screwdriver.
I could not think of a more abusive practice than to cut with a finely-honed knife on a stone surface. Doing so will round over the edge in one stroke. I will not even use my knives on a plastic cutting board, wood only, maple to be be precise.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:34 AM   #47
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I am still a fan of wood like in not so old ages when we could find butcher blocks in kitchen, but I am a nostalgic dreamer.

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Did you say wood? A friend made this teak wet bar for a 72í Viking. Itís not for everyone but itís still pretty cool.
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Did you say wood? A friend made this teak wet bar for a 72í Viking. Itís not for everyone but itís still pretty cool.
Wow first time I see a sink made of wood!

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We actually had an oil stain on our granite...the fellow who installed it came over and took out a propane torch, heated up the spot where the stain was and wiped it away with a damp rag. Granite is pretty tough...personally if I could do it over again, Id do engineered quartz. It just looks better in my opinion.
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Granite counters

Very happy with granite countertops in our Hyatt Fantail, although they are quite heavy.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:22 PM   #51
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Our countertops are all granite and have been trouble free since installation in 2008 just prior to taking off on our Great Loop. Just recently took this photo for a friend showing our newly installed induction cooktop that replaced our propane cooktop. We love this also.
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Hampton has been putting granite in boats for at least 10 years. My friend's Delta is 15 years old and has original granite counter tops.

This our galley, with custom granite floor (it's heated too, with the diesel furnace loop).

I'd say if a granite counter top cracked on a boat, you have more problems that just a counter top.

Interestingly, Hampton is going to try some quartz. The Chinese gov't has shut down granite operations near Shanghai. They are MAJOR into reducing pollution, and granite dust evidently can't be trapped. (I'm not an expert, just relaying what I heard.)

We went to a stone yard that was about 100 kilometers from downtown. They are able to add equipment so they can continue with marble.
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Yes - countertops are all about fashion. Choose whatever turns you on. I prefer something lightweight especially if the galley is up. Remember- itís a boat.
We had granite in our dirt home for 20 years and didnít reseal it once. It still looked and worked fine. Just got tired of the sparkle and put in Ceasarstone (quartz). We have to keep up with those Kardashians. 🤩
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We had granite in our last house. Sealed it once a year per the installers recommendation. It took about 30 minutes to seal them, no biggie. We went with quartz in our current house mostly because the color was predictable.
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"Yes - countertops are all about fashion. Choose whatever turns you on. I prefer something lightweight especially if the galley is up. Remember- itís a boat."

Boats are not stable platforms like dirt houses , so a boat sink will have to clean up and catch spills and a mess more often than in a house .

The SS formed sideboard sinks from Ikea or the other size sinks with built in sideboards would seem ideal.

The galley is a food factory , and cleaning depot, there are better places to display current fashion.

Perhaps SS is less useful for yacht club bragging ," mine cost more than yours", but a delight for the cook in rough weather.

A useful carved well draining sink & sideboard could be created in stone , but the cost might be a Gasp!
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I've been a builder for 40 years and have used granite exclusively for at least the last 30 years. One sealing at installation and never again. Put granite in my boat 6 years ago and zero problems in over ten thousand miles.
Agreed,

I've probably had over 60 or 80 houses with granite, and never sealed one of them, and never had an issue. No cracking, just a great product.
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A lot of countertops are heavy, granite, quartz, marble, etc., and for a go fast boat, that's a negative.

Dorian is a bit lighter, and that's what I have, and it's fine, but not the quality of granite.

Can't think of a high quality light weight countertop......
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