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Old 01-18-2014, 01:09 AM   #61
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I like the idea of those colorful plates Cat, but I sure hope they also have some big colorful bowls for those hardy one bowl meals.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:26 AM   #62
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I found some big ones in the colors the Gizzi liked. These are twice the size of the regular soup bowls. Will that work?

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Old 01-18-2014, 10:06 AM   #63
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I also knew he hated the old butcher-block counters, so I asked him what he would prefer: marble or granite? He likes both, and he told me to get whatever was cheaper and would look nice. Which is better? Marble or granite?
I don't know about the laws in Romania, but in the U.S., a commercial workplace is required to have stainless steel work surfaces because it's easier to sanitize. Although this boat is privately owned, it's not a home kitchen so surfaces that would work at home might not be appropriate. I also wonder about the weight of granite or marble and how that might affect the boat's balance. And neither one is cheap!

Just a couple of thoughts
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:43 PM   #64
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On Catina, we had wooden butcher-block counters. Galleys and bathrooms and crew quarters aren't inspected too closely. The main concern is the plumbing. It can't be linked to the plumbing for the recirculating tanks, obviously, and preferably as far as possible from the tanks.

Galleys and bathrooms are checked for certain molds and gunk that can collect in the fixtures, but other than that, there isn't much else.

The main concerns are the holding tanks, the recirculating pumps and filters, generators, and batteries. These have to be in perfect working order and the tanks have to be immaculate or you're stuck in the harbor until these pass.

The architect will draw the plans for the ship, and the engineer will deal with her ballast and weight distribution. I just have rough sketches on graph paper right now with ideas. The architect will try to incorporate as many of our ideas into her as he can, so I don't know about that yet.

Stainless steel counters sound good, though, should there be a weight issue.

The big issue, of course, is her safety rating and how well she is prepared for an emergency. I know this very well!

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The stainless steel for counter tops isn't very thick. It would be a lot lighter than a stone counter top.
One of the things I like about stainless steel counter tops is that there is almost always a lip at the edge, which keeps liquids from running onto the floor or my tummy.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:37 PM   #66
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That's a good advantage! Cooking on a pitching, rolling ship is problematic at best, but if the sea isn't too crazy that lip might just work. Even in gentle swells, liquids can run all over the place!

That's an idea!

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You are amazing, Cat!
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:10 PM   #68
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Thank you but no I'm not. I'm just trying to help Papa. This one will be named for me again, and I must do everything right.

She's come another 18 miles! They have put in for a day to take on supplies for the tugs and to fix a weak anchor chain. Luckily it didn't break, but a link began to separate.

They are having more ice issues so the next few days will be very, very slow.

Someone told me Corelle does break sometimes. Does it?

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Thank you but no I'm not. I'm just trying to help Papa. This one will be named for me again, and I must do everything right.

She's come another 18 miles! They have put in for a day to take on supplies for the tugs and to fix a weak anchor chain. Luckily it didn't break, but a link began to separate.

They are having more ice issues so the next few days will be very, very slow.

Someone told me Corelle does break sometimes. Does it?

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Corelle will break. It takes a pretty good whack but it will break. Just as Melmac will. The safe thing about them is they don't shatter into pieces. They usually just break in half. We have only had one break when it went flying off the bridge and hit the aft deck. It just broke in half. No splinters or shards.
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Corelle will break. It takes a pretty good whack but it will break. Just as Melmac will. The safe thing about them is they don't shatter into pieces. They usually just break in half. We have only had one break when it went flying off the bridge and hit the aft deck. It just broke in half. No splinters or shards.
Oh thank you! I found such a pretty pattern. The Gizzi was away today I think and so I wasn't able to talk to him.

Look at this! It's a little bit more subdued but very nice!

Corelle® Impressions

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