To equip a boat with a tenderlift platform, several decking options are possible. We offer 5 deckings for the top, non-slip paint, , 60/35 iroko wood planking, 80/15 afzelia planking 80/15 synthetic planking and synthetic decking. Other customizable options are possible.
Today the trend is for the tightest slats possible, however the less the space between the slats, the heavier the top. A platform with tight slats is more aesthetic and safer.
The thickness of the slats is 25mm which ensures great durability to the top.
Non-slip paint is very practical but requires daily maintenance. It is estimated that the paint should be redone every 5 years. The entire top is made of aluminum and therefore slightly heavier than standard wooden lathing. However, it has the advantage of leaving the customer the choice to add a particular decking according to his desires and needs. This decking is often used for small 250 kit type platforms on boats ranging from 40 to 45 feet.
The most common covering is iroko planking with a profile 60mm wide and 35mm apart. It is a good compromise between aesthetics and weight, this balance has proven itself for several decades. Its maintenance is limited, it will however tend to tarnish over time and will therefore need to be sanded every two years. It is fitted to most 450 and 525 type platforms for boats ranging from 45 to 60 feet.
For higher-end deckings, there is a afzelia planking with 80mm wide profiles spaced 15mm apart, if this decking is heavier than the previous one, by reducing the gap between the slats, the platform is more luxurious and more comfortable. Afzelia also has better stability and durability than most other wood species. This decking is usually supplied on 600 or 1000 type platforms on 65 to 85 foot boats.
There is also the possibility of making synthetic deckings. We then have an aluminum platform on which is glued a synthetic planking with drainage openings. This option is the most expensive and the heaviest, nevertheless it allows to have a perfect correspondence between the deck of the boat and the platform. The maintenance is extremely low and the design fully customizable.
There is an alternative to the synthetic decking which is a synthetic planking, it consists of an extruded aluminum profile, powder coated, on which is glued a synthetic decking. The planking aspect is therefore retained with a spacing between the slats that can vary between 15 and 35mm, and therefore the covering of the deck and that of the boat are perfectly identical. This option has the advantage of maintaining a similar weight to a standard version while having superior maintenance and longevity characteristics. However, this option is quite expensive.