As one of the most prolific importers of FEQ (First European Quality) Teak in the US, McIlvain Company is a favorite lumber importer among yacht builders. We provide marine-grade vertical grain Teak that’s used often for decking, wide cover boards, toe rails, and a myriad of other marine applications. Because we have a long-standing relationship with some of the most prominent luxury boat builders in the country, we know the specific requirements for lumber that’s suited for their needs, and we purchase our Teak with those needs in view.
Teak for Exterior Boat-Building Applications
As we know well, finding high-quality FEQ Teak is already a challenge, but attaining it in specific widths and thicknesses is even more ambitious. Here at J. Gibson McIlvain, we like having high standards and taking the extra effort to meet the needs of even the most selective clientele. We consider every detail of a customer request from the start of our quest for quality lumber.
Our mission of finding yacht-specific Teak often involves traveling to Southeast Asia to examine lumber at the source to determine whether the supply matches the dimensions, quantity, and other details of the lumber needed.
Various Species for Seaworthy Interiors
Our high-end yacht customers require more Teak for exterior marine applications. They also craft amazing cabin interiors using solid hardwood for cabinetry, millwork, and mouldings. Veneers and marine-grade plywood substrates also find uses in these vessels, and appropriate species include Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Ash, Mahogany, and—as one might expect—Teak.
For many builders of fine boats, Teak remains the species of choice for both exterior and interior marine applications, so McIlvain Lumber makes sure to keep a wide assortment available. We regularly stock both wide and long Teak boards suitable for both cover boards and solid interior countertops. Widths surpass 24 inches, and lengths can top 16 feet.
Manufactured Wood Products for Yachts
When marine-grade plywood substrates are used, they need to be made to British standard 1088, ensuring the highest marine grade. The best lightweight Okoume plywood meets those specifications and is typically used for facing surfaces, while Douglas Fir plywood can be used for under-the-surface applications. Because Okoume finishes mirror the smoothness of glass, this species is ideal for fiberglass, paint, or veneer finishes, without showing any surface issues. Douglas Fir tends to have an uneven face, but its water resistance makes it perfect for unseen substrates.
If you’re in the yacht-building industry, value quality lumber, and need a source that you can trust, you can rely on J. Gibson McIlvain Company. Our more than 200 years’ experience in the lumber industry has equipped us well to serve many types of customers, and we treat every order, large or small, with the same individualized service and attention to detail.
From Teak and other exotic hardwoods to domestic hardwoods and softwoods, from high quality plywood to custom millwork, we’re bound to have what you need. And with our vast inventory and nationwide shipping, you’ll never have a reason to shop anywhere else. For more information and to see our full line of products and services, click here to visit our website today, or check out these selections from the McIlvain Lumber Blog: