The lighter I am, the better I feel. It is a principle that applies either to people and boats, from the smallest to the megayacht.


The main problems of a heavy boat are rather known to all the yacht building professionals but also easy to understand by those who are not familiar with principles of yacht design. The weight directly influences the displacement of the boat, thus increasing the drag forces, reducing the speed performance and considerably increasing the general fuel consumption of the boat.

Trying to address these problems by increasing the engine horsepower is even more counterproductive: the horses "drink", so you need bigger and heavier tanks and more fuel which means more weight on board. Without considering that more powerful engines are heavier and need a larger engine room, thus reducing the available living space.

It is important to consider the distribution of the weight of the board. In fact all the superfluous weight placed above the centre of gravity of the boat (more or less located immediately above the water line) significantly compromises the stability and manoeuvrability of the vessel. The heavier the weight in the boat, the greater the multiplication factor of the side effects. For example, if we reduce the weight of the furnishings positioned at 5 m above the line of water ache of only one kilogram, we obtain the same result that we would have reduced the weight of a part placed below the center of gravity by 9kg.

Just like for human beings, also boats can't lose weight regardless of the possible side effects, especially when the "diet" requires taking the weight off structural parts or functional such as bulkheads, compartmentation, ceilings, chassis and even furnishings.
The challenge here is to use materials that offer the same performance as traditional building materials (for example stiffness and mechanical resistance), but that offer significant savings in terms of overall weight.

In the last decades, the Yacht building industry has gone through a profound revolution in terms of technology, but although the Design and execution of a boat Involve very sophisticated aspects and multidisciplinary challenges, Weight containment remains a crucial factor for the success of any nautical project.
Precisely on this "primitive need" suffered by an entire industry, we have concentrated our research and development efforts. The range of light weight products for yacht building offered by Nord Compensati is currently the world's most comprehensive, offering optimized and specific solutions for both construction and and furnishings.

How to reduce the boat weight

For the structural parts, the "old school" in the field of shipbuilding (in particular we talk about wooden boats) has always been entrusted to the Okoumé Marine Plywood. While remaining an excellent product in terms of physical and mechanical characteristics, the alternatives developed allow today to maintain unchanged the performance with a significant saving of weight (up to 70% less weight). Let's see some:

Designed specifically to meet the needs of Lightening the nautical industry, Isomar PVC ™ Combines the performance of Marine Plywood With the lightness and flexibility of Composite materials. Widely appreciated and successfully used for over 25 years by the major boatyards, Isomar PVC™ equips thousands of boats all over the world. Also available in PET version.
Applications: Divisional and structural walls, floors, underfloor, hatches, parts of furniture also veneers, doors, tables, shoulders and furniture structures, cabinets, Cielini.

Historically used in projects involving the Weight ContainmentThe Balsa Wood Mates with the Okoume Marine Plywood To give life to Isomar Balsapan ™, on the Sandwich Panel The lightweight carrier suitable for Construction of Recreational craft Both to the realization of fast means of transport. Among applications: bearing and divisional bulkheads, floor mats, flooring, cockpit, flying bridges, furniture, Cielini.

And for the furnishings?

Also The décor, especially that of yachts and megayachts plays a prominent role in the overall weight of the boat. The materials proposed do not only take into account this aspect, but are designed to meet the specific needs of nautical fitters, such as coplanarity, ease of machining and tightness of the vine.
Truly revolutionary and much appreciated is the Furnilite A super-light listellar panel. With faces of in Fromager or Okoumé. Furnilite It is customizable with all the finishes normally offered by traditional materials, such as veneering in essence, HPL plating or even ready to paint in color thanks to the finish with paper Turapori.


Do you have to reduce the weight of your boat?

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