Wood is boat-building’s oldest material. Boats require a material that is both strong and light in weight. The less a hull weighs, the faster the boat is in relation to the given amount of propulsion power. The stiffer the boat, the better it will hold its shape and resist “softening” from flexing and fatigue. These key requirements make kiri the ideal wood for boat building. It is light, stable, highly malleable, salt water resistant and recyclable.
Craftsmanship at its finest
Patinero, the oldest sports catamaran in the world, is a good example. It has been built according to strict monotype class rules since the Monglé brothers designed it in 1943. The only real variable is the choice of material. The lightness and stability of kiri wood make the Patinero an exceptionally fast and manoeuvrable boat. The symmetrical hulls of the all-wood version sports catamaran are glued together in a mould and reinforced by transverse bulkheads every 50 cm. This makes the hull extremely stiff and unsinkable. The hulls are connected by a total of five transverse banks, creating a slim, fast catamaran with a long waterline. Just stand up. And sail.