Wish you had more counter space? Removable sink covers can go a long ways. At the Annapolis Boat Shows (both power and sail), I noticed that most boats under about 45 feet come with sink covers right from the manufacturer. But don’t despair if a new boat isn’t in your future — the photos below can give you a lot of ideas on how to make your own.
First up, shown above and in several more photos below, is an undermount sink. Now, it’s possible to have an undermount where the side of the sink is flush with the opening in the counter, shown on the left below, or one where the sink has a bit of a lip as on the right. The one where there is a bit of a lip is probably the simplest to make a sink cover for.
The sink itself can be stainless or a Corian-like material, but the lip makes it easy to have a cover that will be totally flush with the counter. Here are photos of a couple:
I particularly liked the ones that had two “half covers” (although these were usually with double sinks and I prefer single) as a nice compromise between gaining counter space and still being able to run water. You could easily make a divided one for a single sink although I didn’t find any to take a photo of.
Okay, so what if you don’t have an undermount sink with a lip? You can still have a cover, although here you have to make some sort of arrangement so that the board will stay in place. Some created a lip on the board, while others simply attached a small strip of the cutting board material or wood towards the edge of all fours sides of the bottom of the cover. You want it to fit snugly. The disadvantage of any of these is that the cover is not flush with the rest of the counter.
Lin and Larry Pardey’s newsletter coincidentally just featured how Larry made their combination cutting board and sink cover. See it here.
If I had to guess, I’d say that it was about a 50/50 split at the boat show of whether the sink cover could double as a cutting board. If I were making one for myself, I’d definitely opt for making it out of a cutting board material. Everything on a boat should do double duty where possible — and you almost always want to be cutting and chopping near the sink anyway.
Finally, if you are going to make a sink cover, use a reasonably lightweight material. Que Tal’s was beautifully crafted of Formica over 3/4″ plywood with teak trim. It was heavy. Very heavy. And that made it hard to wrestle from its storage position and even harder to put away. Consequently, I rarely used it.
How about you? Do you have a sink cover? Want one? Have things you particularly like or dislike about yours? Leave a note in the comments!