Procedure for Removal of C34 Galley Counter Top
Over the years, improvements in galley counters have been made. Can we make old look new? The slow deterioration of the old, around the IceBox...Sink and other areas may require that it be replaced. In my case the Stantion bolts leaked for years letting water drip down the sidewall and under the counter and rotted it away. (Remember I just bought this boat, so it was not my caulking neglect).
Now that I have my galley counter out I was going to get a piece of Corian and produce a new counter...to my dismay I can not buy a piece because they will not sell to just anyone. Now I am looking into Cast Polymer, a SYN-MAR Product that is a cast polyester resin and stone fillers. It would be poured around a mold made from my counter top (by the counter shop). It should be less expensive that Corian. Turns out it will be $650 so now I will use the old stand by, Formica.
First a description of what the counter is made of. The sink / icebox / stove areas are a one piece fiberglass shell laid into the boat waiting to have a top placed on it. Catalina made a 3/4" plywood top to fit, covered it with Formica and added nice teak trim at all edges except the edge against the starboard wall. It can be removed without removing any of the draw slide built-in units, but it is recommended.
SIDE NOTE #1:
Location of Philips screws: (you must reach up inside the fiberglass shell unit to remove these screws...they are screwed up into the bottom of the counter top.) One center of front of sink. One center rear of sink. Three portside edge of sink (left of sink for those who are laying with their head somewhere under the sink.). Three right side edge of sink, real close to draw slide unit. Three or four above the draw unit to right of sink. One IN ICE BOX, front, stove side...feel around with your fingers till you find it.... (never thought to look there.)
If you have done all the above, lift the counter behind the stove at the rear aft cabin wall, upward, a light tap upward may free it from the wall. Once high enough to clear the stove, slide it out. Remember if the sink is still in, that end of the counter must be lifted to clear the sink.
After removing from the boat and placing on sawhorses, take a scrap block (to protect the wood) and tap all the teak fiddles off from the inside...screws and all. I described above how to remove the plugs and screws. Good job to do home in the basement.
Now you have a perfect template to take to your counter top shop and have them reproduce one with your choices of color and material. If you are handy, get a new sheet of 3/4" plywood and new Formica and go to town.
Al and Michele #55 "Kindred Spirit"
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