In the world of Superyachts, every detail matters. From cutting-edge technology to bespoke design, these floating palaces are a testament to luxury, craftsmanship, and innovation.
Teak is a top choice for crafting these essential onboard pieces. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of using teak for cockpit tables in superyachts and the different kinds that set the standard for opulence and style.
Teak: A Maritime Marvel
Teak wood is no stranger to the world of yachting. With a rich history dating back centuries, this tropical hardwood is celebrated for its inherent qualities that make it perfect for maritime use. Known for its exceptional durability, resistance to decay, and natural oils that safeguard against the elements, teak has been the choice of shipbuilders and yacht designers for generations.
Modern day Teak
The export of Burmese teak with its beautiful straight grain and good size logs is now behind us. Small amounts of certified wood is still held in stock but otherwise plantation Teak is now the best and most available choice.
Plantation teak is grown faster and has a more open grain structure, meaning repairs to older tables become more difficult to blend.
Plantation Teak when carefully selected offers similar characteristics to Burmese and can produce beautiful high quality tables but the teak has to be very carefully selected, meaning waste is often higher.
Teak Table construction
Most cockpit tables will be made using a Marine grade plywood substrate and then veneered in high quality Teak veneers. This construction must be balanced with Teak veneers on both faces to create an equal ‘laminate’ to stop deformation of the surface. A solid Teak nosing is used to edge the table and provide aesthetic balance in grain orientation and strength to the table. The components are commonly joined using a biscuit system and then more often finished with varnish to add depth. A cockpit table left in bare teak will often require thicker veneers or to be made in solid teak so that over time of cleaning and maintenance the veneer does not disappear
Teak Table Design:
Craftsmanship and Customisation
One of the hallmarks of Superyachts is the level of customisation and attention to detail. Teak cockpit tables are no exception. The art of crafting these tables requires the expertise of skilled carpenters or joiners who understand the nuances of working with teak.
The table must fit its surroundings, the correct type of Teak, the correct width of grain, the correct type of inlay or detailing to offer a cosmetic balance are all critical parts of specifying a cockpit table in Teak.
The use of premium teak is non-negotiable. The highest quality teak ensures that the table remains resilient in the face of saltwater, UV rays, and other harsh maritime conditions.
To protect the teak or enhance its appearance, a cockpit table can be finished in varnish – this requires time and usually many coats of varnish. Oil is another option or just bare wood.
On a superyacht, the cockpit is often the heart of outdoor living, and the choice of teak for tables is a reflection of that commitment to opulence and comfort. Whether it’s an intimate breakfast for two or a grand dinner party under the stars, teak cockpit tables provide the ideal setting. These tables are more than just furniture; they are an art form that seamlessly combines aesthetics with functionality.
At CYS we have extensive experience in the manufacture of cockpit tables, repairing or re-veneering existing tables. If you would like help, advice or just a new cockpit table – Get in touch with us today!