Blue Turtle Cruising

Trawler galley Project

Our new cooktop and tiled counters
Our new cooktop and tiled counters

When we bought the DeFever, it had an old propane stove in it that we immediately knew we’d want to replace. Besides it not being something we would use, it was rusted inside and rattled making a lot of noise. I decided that I wanted to remove it and instead, add a 2-burner electric ceramic cooktop. I would then gain a whole bunch of much needed cabinet space beneath it as well as some added counter top space behind the cooktop. Since we have a convection microwave oven, I can use that to bake, so no bulky over/stove combo was needed. ¬†Once the old stove was removed, we built in the counter area to allow for the drop-in cooktop. After that was done, we tiled the countertops and backsplash to have a modern even surface. At this point, I decided to also replace the old faucet in the galley with a marine grade Shurflo pull out faucet. The project is mostly finished…the only remaining thing to do is have 2 cabinet doors made to cover the new cabinet area where the stove once was. Many, many thanks to Bill (our handy woodworker/electrician/jack of all trades neighbor from Linda C.) and my parents Gina and Steve for their help tiling the counter tops.

BEFORE: Previously, we had an old propane stove that functioned nicely as a towel rack
BEFORE: Previously, we had an old propane stove that functioned nicely as a towel rack
The propane stove was removed
The propane stove was removed
This shows to old leaky faucet we used to have
This shows to old leaky faucet we used to have
With the space for the cooktop built, we were ready to tile
With the space for the cooktop built, we were ready to tile
My Dad uses a hole saw to cut a hole for the new faucet
My Dad uses a hole saw to cut a hole for the new faucet
We had a system: Mom would measure and mark the tiles, Dad would cut them and I would lay them
We had a system: Mom would measure and mark the tiles, Dad would cut them and I would lay them
I had to fit my Dad with a trash bag to repel the water from the wet saw
I had to fit my Dad with a trash bag to repel the water from the wet saw
My Dad being sprayed while using the wet saw
My Dad being sprayed while using the wet saw
Once the tile was laid, we waited until the next day to grout
Once the tile was laid, we waited until the next day to grout
After the tile was grouted, the new faucet was installed
After the tile was grouted, the new faucet was installed
AFTER: The cooktop is dropped in and hooked up the next day
AFTER: The cooktop is dropped in and hooked up the next day
All we have left to do is have the cabinet doors made and then finishing with varnish
All we have left to do is have the cabinet doors made and then finishing with varnish
AFTER: sink is dropped in and new faucet
AFTER: sink is dropped in and new faucet
AFTER: My refinished galley
AFTER: My refinished galley

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