The Aquatek marine plywood has a medium density and weight structure.
It is ideal for cabinetry, and can be used under fiberglass cloth, or used in areas not directly exposed to rain and sea.
The strong points of Aquatek marine plywood are good rot resistance and strength, when weight is less important.
Aquatek Marine Plywood is manufactured utilizing multi-ply construction, phenolic glue, a stiff and strong specie of wood which when thermo-pressed, yield a very good quality marine panel.
The faces and core are rotary cut veneer and the faces are one piece without splices.
Inner veneers are well selected for Aquatek and as such it has few core voids.
This all combines to make Aquatek a strong and structural marine ply plywood.
It is a perfect replacement for the declining quality of marine Douglas Fir.
It cuts and sands well. It holds fastenings well. It glues well.
The BS (British Standard) 6566 grading rule has been replaced and updated though it is still in use through out much of the world of marine plywood. It is used as a mill standard now and demands a high level of quality control but not quite as stringent as the ultimate grade which is BS1088.
The highest quality Marine Plywood in the world is manufactured in Europe to the BS1088 grading standard. The European mills hire Lloyd's of London to monitor and test their quality and certify their products to be on specification.
Some Asian mills claim their products are built to the "1088" specification, however none are Lloyd's Certified and few, if any, reach the quality of the better European plants.
It is the standard that specifies the quality of the best marine plywood in the world. Reading the entire BS1088 spec. is a long and tedious process. So we have condensed our list to the main headings.
a) Balanced construction to avoid distortion in service. (4.2.3)
b) Minimum face veneer thickness on all panels and no less than 1mm after sanding on panels thicker than 3.8mm (18.104.22.168)
c) Durability of species and glue type within standard or lightweight designations. (4.3+5.5)
d) Dimensional tolerances (5.1)
f) Moisture content (5.2)
g) Allowable defects (5.4+4.1)
h) Glue Bond Quality (5.6)
i) Marking and Documentation (6.1+6.2)
The above specifications are abreviated and listed for convenience only and are not to be construed as the grade in it's entirety. If you must have a thorough understanding of the British Standard 1088 please purchase a copy of the actual standard and study it. It can be purchased online at;
Marine plywood's are not required to be built of species that are naturally durable. It is recommended that the standard trade practice of applying epoxy sealers, paint or preservative compounds to both face surfaces and edges in order to prevent moisture ingress is addressed during construction.