Dutch deck and flooring specialist Bolidt has introduced a new series of decking colours in its innovative Bolideck® Future Teak range to address the global mega yacht market’s growing appetite for the alternative to hardwood.
Bolidt’s range of products has been fitted extensively throughout the cruise industry on the world’s biggest and most prestigious vessels. The company’s presence in the luxury yacht sector has been less widespread as designers, owners and builders have often opted for traditional teak decking. Now, however, these specifiers are becoming more receptive to the concept of using alternatives such as Bolideck® Future Teak.
“Designers and owners want the latest innovation in every other area but when it comes to the decking, they have often stuck with tradition in specifying teak, ” says Jacco van Overbeek, Director Shipping Division Bolidt. “Once they have had the opportunity to use Bolideck® Future Teak, though, we have found them to be willing repeat customers.”
Bolideck® Future Teak can be installed by Bolidt on any size and shape of deck, and this flexibility offers designers new freedom of expression when compared to conventional materials. Safe in wet and dry conditions, it is easy to maintain, sustainable and is a highly cost-effective alternative to real wood. Its lighter weight even helps cut fuel consumption.
“Bolidt can produce any colour required” says Mr van Overbeek. For this moment we are presenting 10 new colours for reference, which will be welcomed by those used to real teak’s limited scope for colour and appearance, but we want to emphasise that the only thing limiting Bolideck® Future Teak colour selection will be the imagination.”
Bolidt invited representatives from builders’ yards and designers to experience the product at the recent Superyacht Design Week in London. The feedback was enthusiastic, according to Michel van der Spek, Bolidt Manager Marketing and Communication. “Bolidt is increasingly being seen as a partner for designers, as our innovative products stimulate the architects to be more creative with their new yacht projects, ” he says.
Bolidt has already been working with companies such as Camper & Nicholson, Feadship, Lürssen and Royal Huisman. Its list of mega yacht references includes the 82m Graceful, designed by H2 Yacht Design and delivered from Blohm + Voss in Hamburg this year. In addition to accommodation for 14 guests in six cabins, including one owner’s cabin, two VIP and three guest cabins, the yacht accommodates 23 crew members including the captain.
Also on the list of references are the 99m Madame Gu, designed by London-based Andrew Winch and delivered from Feadship Royal De Vries Makkum in the Netherlands this year, and the Espen Oeino-designed, 71m Skat, delivered from Lürssen.
“Owners and designers are increasingly becoming aware that Bolideck® Future Teak represents the future when it comes to deck design and innovation in the mega yacht sector, ” says Mr van Overbeek.