A teak deck turns many a GRP ship into a ship, it gives it a certain aura. But there is much more to the pretty maritime surface than meets the eye. It is the result of the highest level of engineering.
In its series “Anatomy of a Yacht”, the YACHT traces the path taken by wood. It begins in the Myanmar jungle, because only there grows the special type of teak that is suitable for boat building. Months after clearing and trading on site, the material reaches Europe. And what happens there with the raw material now differs dramatically from deck manufacture according to old-fashioned custom.
Our reporter visited a state-of-the-art sawmill in Gütersloh as well as the buyers in Hamburg and the construction specialists in Acholzhausen near Würzburg, from where the series shipyards are now supplied with complete decks made from the coveted material. The process has hardly anything to do with craft in the strict sense - evolution has long since begun. The amount of ingenious know-how and technical meticulousness with which such a deck is ultimately created is a highly interesting chapter in modern boat building. More on this - and tips on correct teak deck maintenance - in the new YACHT.