Boatbuilding Timber

Over 80 years of specialist timber supplies

Rosenfeld Kidson has a long history of supplying specialist timbers suitable for a marine environment to New Zealand’s boatbuilding industry.

Boats were originally built entirely of timber, using Kauri or Kahikatea for timber frames and planking for yachts and pleasure boats, while Australian hardwoods were used for ribs, frames and planking for commercial boats and fishing trawlers.

While other materials such as aluminium, steel and composites are used for boat hulls these days, the industry still has a significant requirement for specialist boatbuilding timbers, whether it be for finishing the luxurious interior of a super yacht or for teak decking on a pleasure yacht.

For our range of over 30 species of specialist finishing timbers for interior fit-outs please refer to our Interior Joinery and Furniture section.

Rosenfeld Kidson stocks FEQ grade Burmese Teak in 25, 40, 50, 63 and 75mm thicknesses in short, medium and long lengths in both quartersawn (vertical grain) and mixed grain specifications, which is suitable for boat decking, rails, hatches and so on, as well as for interior joinery.

We also stock the following other specialist boatbuilding timbers required by the marine industry for interior framing, cleating, hidden form work and other purposes.

Boat building timber species

Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Fijian Kauri, Kahikatea, Malaysian Kauri, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar

Ask our team about boat building timber

We look forward to discussing your boat building timber requirements and providing timber specifications and prices. Contact us.

Rosenfeld Kidson, as timber merchants acknowledge the importance of conserving the world’s greatest renewable resource.

We are pleased to advise that we carry Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification that enables us to sell timber that carries either FSC certification (SGS-COC-006703) or PEFC certification (SGS-PEFC/COC-0993).

FSC certified timber and PEFC certified timber undergo independent, third-party audited certification procedures at every step of the supply chain. This provides designers, specifiers, architects and consumers absolute assurance that those forest and wood products labelled as FSC certified or PEFC certified originate from legal sources, which are managed to prescribed social, economic and environmental standards.

As a New Zealand timber supplier offering the country’s largest range and quantity of specialist certified timbers we believe that stocking FSC & PEFC certified timber is essential for our continued growth. A major part of our timber range has FSC or PEFC certification and we are continually striving to increase this.


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