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If you're going to use Corelle dishes aboard a boat, DO NOT USE SERRATED KNIVES ON THEM. The serrated knives can damage the plates and make them far more likely to shatter if dropped. Corning actually warns you not to use serrated cutlery on them IIRC.

As for the dish holders, they're fairly easy to make up out of acrylic, especially if you make a heater to bend the acrylic with.

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Wow - we've been using serrated steak knives on our Corelle for over a year and they look perfect. Maybe our knives suck?

I couldn't find anything about knives on Corelle's use and care section of their website for the vitrelle/glass version.

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Indeed Poopdeck.

It might not be very convenient, but what about just slicing up some thin cardboard to place between each dish? You could also go to any self-storage place and buy a "dishpak". It's a package of bubblewrap sleeves that you place individual bowls and dishes in.

This might sound a little crazy, but once you pick a suitable "shim" to place between the dishes, perhaps you could find some sort of light duty, elastic strap to wrap around the bundle of dishes?

I think I understand the issue- it's not one of breakage, but perhaps an issue of noise from the dishes rattling in their storage?

Aside from newspaper or bubblewrap sleeves, I'm not sure what to suggest for bowls and glasses.

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We use the non skid rubber-like sheets to pad each dish and the bottom of the rack. We use cheap china and haven't broken one yet.
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Wow - we've been using serrated steak knives on our Corelle for over a year and they look perfect. Maybe our knives suck?

I couldn't find anything about knives on Corelle's use and care section of their website for the vitrelle/glass version.
I'm sure a lawyer wrote the warning... or maybe they just don't give us good knives.

As for answering the original question, we keep the non-skid placemats sort of wraped around them and the cabnets have doors. We have a cat and don't lean much, but we can snap very quickly side-to-side. I can't imagine them chipping in a cabnet, but they could be noisy without padding. We've stored them on edge for many years on one boat - it's safe if there is something soft on the bottom - but I didn't like it as well as flat. They bang around if a few are out.

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You can easily make up separators by drilling holes in two boards (one to go above the dishes, the other below them) and putting thin wood or plastic dowel rods in between the holes. Very little labor and voila, a custom dish rack where they can only rattle a litttle bit between the dowels, with no stacking.

"While it's true, that pyroceram is durable and micro-wavable when this stuff does break it shatters, almost explodes into a million pieces of very sharp chards." I'll vouch for that. If you drop Corelle (the US trademark for that stuff) exactly the wrong way you'll swear a bomb went off. Although Corning used to replace the piece if you sent it back to them. Or sent most of it back to them.

Personally I think serrated knives are best for hacking through things, I've never met a serrated knife that worked on anything I'd want to eat, any better than a straight knife with a well-kept edge on it. Never met a serrated knife that could part a line any better either. Great for sawing wood though.
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It's all going to depend on what your galley storage space allows. I like flat storage for plates best. Then you can stack one plate on top of another (you can put a thin pice of bubble wrap in between for shock absorbers if you need) and you can front the space/locker/box with a covering piece of wood shaped just like in your drawing. You can make another space like that for your bowls. The "U" type opening on the cover will allow you to remove a plate or bowl. Problem is we've never lived on a boat with enough galley space to provide that luxury.

When we bought Yofy she had a rack simular to what T37Chef posted. Its a nice rack, but it stuck way out into our galley and wouldn't hold our bowls. Manny converted a locker by creating a hinged door that flips down to access the plates and bowls. The bowls lie flat, but the plates stand on their edges. The way we have so far found to do this is by using a portion of a plate rack that we cut off of a dish drainer. Its definetly NOT ideal and we are still brainstorming for a better solution. I curse every time I have to access the plates from that locker.

We have ceramic plates and don't regret them one bit. But I would never use cardboard as anti shock absorber material. Cardboard is serious bait for cockroaches!!

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The thin foam that some electronics are wrapped in is a good separator layer for dishes. Doesn't rot, doesn't absorb moisture and doesn't feed cockroaches.

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