Wow! Thanks everyone, so helpful. Yes, I am definitely not considering using 'disposable' plastic - I am a VERY green person and would never consider that, it's against my "religion"
. I guess I meant melamine vs. our porcelain dinner plates - porcelain definitely doesn't sound like it would work, So it sounds like melamine is the way to go.
@treilley you're right the previous owners are wonderful people! We feel very lucky to have found Zephyr she is a gorgeous and well-cared for boat. Portland is a fantastic spot to liveaboard - if you ever come down to Portsmouth area you'll have to look us up!
So the undersink filter - is that a drinking water filter? What type? I saw you also have a Brita pitcher. I'd love to figure out how to use our water tanks for drinking water rather than the buying and dealing with the gallon jugs that I've done on other live aboards.