Marine Structural & Decorative Panels

Here is our quick comparison chart on our structural panels, used for areas of Marine boat-building & carpentry.

Premium Plywoods are Lloyds Register approved

Data  (Pdf) sheet can be downloaded here....

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How Plywood is made

Species/product BS1088 Marine Graded Lloyds Registered WBP glue MR E1 FSC or CARB Exterior use Structural Interior use Flame Retardant Purchase
Okoume   buy
HydroCore     buy
Sapele-StagePly   buy
Eurolite buy
Riga-Birchply     buy

If you are looking for a Specialty Marine Panel, please call us, we have a variety of items to assist you that can be used for decking, acoustic-critical areas, lightweight applications etc. 

Our Marine Plywoods here feature various aspects.

Key Benefits

  • All of our Plywoods carry at least an Exterior Glue line with cores ranging from non-durable (lightweight) to a moderately durable core, (heavier)
  • Our Okoume, HydroCore & Sapele Marine Plywood all pass the BS1088 standard, and some of our Okoume products carry the LLOYDS REGISTER OF SHIPPING APPROVAL STAMP on each board
  • Our BS 1088 Plywoods carry a 10 Year Guarantee against delaminating, and allow you to build with a plywood that is manufactured in accordance with this standard, which is widely specified in the Marine Industry.
  • Decorative Marine Plywoods...saving you time and money in the interior areas of your boat project.


Okoume.....Aucoumea klaineana (Angouma, Gaboon, or Okoumé) is a tree in the family Burseraceae, native to equatorial west Africa in Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, and Rio Muni. It is a medium-sized hardwood tree growing to 30-40 m tall, rarely larger, with a trunk 1-2.5 m diameter above the often large basal buttresses. The tree generally grows in small stands, the roots of the trees intertwined with neighboring trees. In Gabon it is the primary timber species. Okoume weighs approximately 450-500kg/m3. It is a non-durable specie with low decay resistance and moderate dimensional stability, the major use of Gaboon is in the manufacture of plywood.

In the form known as okoume marine grade plywood, it is considered perhaps the finest construction plywood now available for boats. It is widely available manufactured and certified to British Standard 1088. It's users range from individual hobbyist kayak builders to some of the world's largest boat builders. Most often it is used in combination with epoxy and fiberglass, the combination giving a structure that can be stronger and lighter than plastic or fiberglass, rivaling the performance characteristics of more advanced composites such as carbon fiber. The grain appearance is prized, likened to that of mahogany and is often varnished for a decorative appearance.



HydroCore....This Plywood is sold as a Marine Utility grade, and the species will vary depending on market availability. Meranti, (Shorea* species) or Gurjan (Dipterocarpus*) is often used, but we can also include a lower grade of Okoume or a mixed light hardwood specie from South-East asia which still offers a decent durability factor. It is a lower priced option to Okoume or Sapele. Although these species are heavier in weight and subsequently more durable, they are excellent choices for areas under the water line, hatch covers, transoms, or areas where higher durability and strength superceed lightweight advantages. *Shorea is a genus of about 196 species of mainly rainforest trees in the family Dipterocarpaceae. They are native to southeast Asia, from Northern India to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Gurjan: *(Dipterocarpus) is a genus of flowering plants and the type genus of family Dipterocarpaceae. The genus has about 70 species, occurring in Southeast Asia.



Sapele Marine Plywood

Sapele.......,Sapelli or Aboudikro (Entandrophragma cylindricum) is a large tree, up to 45 m high (rarely 60 m), native to tropical Africa. The commercially important wood is reminiscent of mahogany, with a distinctive figure, typically applied where figure is important. It is sought after as flooring for its durability and beautiful graining. As Stage-ply, it is vastrly used by stage production companies in the construction of sets for well known boradway musical performances.



Besides Boat Building and flooring applications, its more exotic uses is that in guitar manufacturing and wood trim accents in luxury vehicles. This specie can be regarded as the Rolls-Royce of marine plywoods due to its excellent structural and physical properties, making it the ideal option for hull construction.


Eurolite Plywood

Eurolite....Made of 100% Lightweight European poplar and weighing about 1/3 of conventional plywood (410-440 KG/m3), EuroLite offers builders a lesser expensive option for interior cabinetry and non-structural applications. Defects are clipped off core veneers and edge-glued to provide a solid composition suitable for precision and CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) cutting. Although this plywood is not recommended for structural applications, some of our customers have had positive results with certain projects.






Birch plywood sanded on both sides.

Birch plywood Riga Ply has a wide range of application for interior and exterior use: building and construction, transport, packaging, furniture, joinery, sport outfit, children toys and other applications.

Environmentally friendly, durable, easy workable.

Formaldehyde emission
In accordance with the standard EN 13986 formaldehyde emission meets the Class E1 requirements. Test method EN 717 Part 2.