J. Gibson McIlvain is one of the largest importers of high quality FEQ (First European Quality) Teak in the United States. We supply many luxury boat builders with vertical grain, golden brown Teak for decking, toe rails, wide cover boards, and everything in between. We have been working with some of the largest and best yacht builders for many years, and we purchase Teak specifically for this industry.
If finding the best quality FEQ Teak can be difficult, then finding it in specific thicknesses and widths is next to impossible. But at J. Gibson McIlvain, we meet this challenge with ease. We consider the demands of boat builders every step of the way, and traveling to Southeast Asia allows us to source and supply the exact quality and dimensions requested by our customers.
Exterior lumber is only the tip of the iceberg as far as boats are concerned. High end yachts also have gorgeous interiors with solid wood mouldings, millwork, and cabinetry, as well as veneers and marine grade plywood substrates. Species like Ash, Teak Cherry, Walnut, Maple, and Mahogany are common for the interior trim and cabinetry, and these species are also often used as veneer.
The marine plywood substrates must be of the highest marine grade made to British standard 1088. We supply the very best lightweight Okoume plywood to meet this demand for facing surfaces, and we use Douglas Fir plywood for the parts that won’t be seen.
Okoume finishes are as smooth as glass, and the wood is perfect for taking a veneer, paint, or fiberglass finish, as it won’t telegraph surface inconsistencies. This makes the wood perfect for facing surfaces. Douglas Fir has a more uneven face, but it is highly water resistant and tough, and thus, is often used for unseen substrates.
Lately, a large demand has surfaced for marine grade plywood used for light craft construction like kayaks, canoes, and rowboats. Many companies are building kits for the individual to build their own kayak or canoe using Okoume plywood, Yellow Cedar, Sapele, or Sitka Spruce. These boats use a variety of construction methods around a frame to create a stunningly beautiful and very lightweight craft. We will gladly discuss with you the pros and cons of the different woods for your particular light craft kit, and we can ship your selected wood in bulk directly to your location.
Cherry is a common interior wood for high end yachts. Photo courtesy of Belkov Yacht Co.
As a fine boat builder, you can be sure that all your wood needs will be met by J. Gibson McIlvain. You can also be assured that we dedicate the same attention to detail and high standards of quality to our other hardwoods and plywood as we do to finding Teak.
We set ourselves apart with our stock of very wide and very long Teak boards for yacht cover boards or solid counter top interiors. We often have boards set apart for boat builders with widths of more than 24 inches and lengths of more than 16 feet.