The contents and images of this article are based on this Jeanneau Owners Facebook Group post
The galley work top in our SO36i was starting to look a bit shabby after over 40,000NM. We decided to use some down time over the Christmas break to replace it with a clean looking Corian composite top. It is an amazing product to work with and the results are really good.
Dismantling, took some working out!
Lockers and top removed
Old top stripped down
Measuring up the replacement
Starting to cut to size using circular saw
Cutting out fridge and sink holes
One half finished using old top as template with a router
Bonding 2 pieces together
Fridge and sink covers cut
Finished top, just edges to do
Edges all cut and profiled using a router
This is the cut out for the fridge lid lifter. We had to make a jig for this
Starting to experiment with bending corian
Corner profile being shaped. 160 degrees for 20 mins seemed best
Test pieces on the oven to check for colour changes
We used tape to stop the adhesive getting everywhere
Joints just need sanding to make them invisible
Sink, taps and splash back supports now in place
First fit on board
All in and working, final few bits to do
Done!! Very pleased with the results I think about 25 hours. However If I did it again it would be significantly less. Spent a lot of time working out how it came out of the boat and making jigs etc. Only cost about £150 in materials and additional tools I needed though.
Simon King – Sun Odyssey 36i