Sailing Towards Sustainability: Transforming Teak Decking for a Greener Future

In an era where environmental consciousness takes the helm, the maritime industry is steering towards sustainable alternatives.

Classic Yacht Shipwrights is at the forefront of this movement, reimagining teak decking with ecological responsibility. In this article we take a brief look at some innovative ways to make teak decking more sustainable.

  • Recycled Teak: Salvaging teak from older vessels for refurbishment infuses sustainability into luxury. By repurposing reclaimed teak, we breathe new life into decks while reducing the demand for fresh timber.
  • FSC-Certified Teak: Opting for teak certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensures responsible forestry practices. FSC certification guarantees that the timber originates from well-managed forests, minimising the ecological footprint. ‘plantation teak’ as it is now known is generally shorter in available lengths and has a wider grain structure than traditional Burmese.
  • Thermally Treated Timber: Wood such as maple that is fast growing, straight grained and can now be thermally treated to increase durability is proving a popular choice.
  • Synthetic Teak: Modern technology introduces synthetic teak options that mimic the look of traditional teak decking without relying on timber. These alternatives often consist of recycled materials, reducing the strain on natural resources. Our experience is that in warmer climates synthetic is yet to mimic the ‘feel’ of real teak.
  • Cork Decking: Cork, an eco-friendly material, emerges as an innovative decking or sub-decking solution. Its natural buoyancy, insulation properties, weight and aesthetics align with sustainability goals and construction requirements.

By embracing alternative materials and responsible sourcing, we navigate towards a sustainable future without compromising the elegance that defines yachting excellence. Get in touch with us today so that we can guide you on available options for yacht decking!