John & Joan Hodgson, Canal Boat

Our worktop surfaces are normally associated with kitchen makeovers on dry land. Yet the material’s comparatively light weight and flexibility make it equally suitable for marine applications, where its outstanding resistance to stains, spills, scratches and heat enable it to withstand the toughest conditions afloat.

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Retired decorator and former deputy headteacher, John and Joan Hodgson, chose our luxurious Verde Oliva granite surface for the galley of their recently rebuilt narrowboat.

The boat’s unusual name is Tagine Queen, because Joan had a penchant for lamb tagine when visiting a particular canalside pub and was nicknamed that by the landlady.

Flexing on a boat can cause cracking, which would certainly be a problem with natural stone, but our material has excellent flexural strength. There could also be a ballast issue if there was too much unladen weight, but our agglomerate is extremely lightweight too.

For John and Joan, their galley surfaces and splashbacks will need to retain their good looks for years to come, because they sold their home and live on the narrowboat full time.

The boat’s exterior is painted in eau de nil and meadow green, so the worktops were specified in another shade of dark, mossy green and they should give the Hodgsons many years of reliable service.

“The galley has been totally transformed and we’re delighted with the result,” say John and Joan.