Maricruz Miranda

Woods used in yacht interiors

Maricruz Miranda
Woods used in yacht interiors

I have a restoration project coming soon. It is a legendary yacht with handsome wooden original woodwork all around. The question is how to identify if it is cedar or mahogany? My bet is for mahogany, not only because of its color but also because of the age of the boat, and as you know… they don’t build things as before.

When looking into restoring the woods in yachts, it is important to really investigate not only the type of wood but the type of treatment it has. Some of them were treated with oil, others with veneer, and the implications of not knowing this background can be disastrous.

Nowadays, teak is the wood most commonly used in decks for yachts and also for outdoor furniture. Its natural amount of resin makes it very resistant to water. It does not warp, and with little maintenance it keeps its good looks.

Long gone are the viking and the Charles II of England days where ships were crafted from wood. Fiber has come to replace it as it is very hard to find wood that been well preserved and seasons in order to make it water resistant enough for hull construction. Precious woods are even more precious now. And of course yachts are not the exception. However, is here where you can see the most precious ones in the interiors as the finest ones are used in finishes.

In a couple of weeks I am going to the Miami Yacht Show, bringing lots of information on latest trends and materials, woodworks included. For now I leave you with my recommendation of the month.

Maxime Perrolle is a french sculpture with an exquisite taste for technique. His pieces of simple form render elegance through geometry and texture combinations.

Post cover image: Maxime Perrolle, Sphere. Oak and pigments. 22 x 17 cms.

See you in Miami…