Okoume Marine Plywood Uses, Advantages, and Disadvantages

Okoume Marine Plywood Uses, Advantages, and Disadvantages
BS 1088 Okoume Marine Plywood

Okoume Marine plywood is graded as being compliant with BS-1088. BS-1088 British Standard for marine plywood. Okoume is also known as Gaboon or Combogala and Okoume Mahogany. It has is pinkish-brown or pale red hue color.

Okoume plywood has a high strength to weight ratio. Due to its excellent properties, it is the first choice for racing boats, kitchen cabinetmaking, furniture, and applications where weight is important. Okoume plywood made from the wood of the Okoume tree.

The core of Okoume Marine plywood can be made from pine, poplar To give it added strength.

Uses of Okoume Marine Plywood

Uses of Okoume Marine Plywood
Uses of Okoume Marine Plywood

Okoume is mainly demand for exterior and marine applications. 

Boats making: Okoume plywood can be easily folded due to its lameness properties. These properties make it easier to use in making boats and their parts. This is a good durable material. Which is the perfect material for marine application.

Kitchen Cabinets: You can reface kitchen cabinets using Okoume plywood. Okoume plywood is more durable for kitchen cabinets and also gives attractive looks.

Deck Components: It is used for deck components where moisture-resistant and weight are an important factor. It is durable for several decades but needs regular maintenance.

Hatches: Hatch is a small door or opening (as in an airplane or spaceship). The hatch made for the boat is exposed to moisture over time. Therefore marine plywood is the first preference to make the hatch.

Kayaks: Kayak is a type of boat that is thin and small and is use by one person at a time. paddle they use to propel the boat. A strong, light, and water-resistant. Okoume Marine Plywood is best construction material for Kayaks boats.

Other marine applications

Hydroplane Racing Boat, Hull Components, Canoes, Sail Boats, Decks, and Bulkheads.


It is available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses in the market. Such as…

Lengths: 98″, 122″ and many more

Widths: 48″, 60″ and many more

Thickness: 3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25mm

Standard: BS1088 Grade

The Advantage of Okoume Marine plywood

Durability and Strength: No other plywood is more durable than marine-grade plywood. Marine Plywood is always better than common plywood, even if you want to use it for exterior, interior, and marine applications. This will always give a better response.

Easy to Cut in Shapes: Okoume Marine plywood is mostly uses for making boats and boat parts. Boats require many intricate curved structures. So Okoume marine plywood can be easily cut into any shape and size.

Availability:  Available in different thickness and size options. We can choose marine plywood in many sizes as per our requirement. Whereas solid wood has to be made in the proper size and thickness on work requirement.

Cost-Effective:  Marine plywood is always cost-effective compare to the solid wood and its Maintainance also seems low.

The disadvantage of Okoume Marine plywood

You must know the disadvantages before using Okoume Marine Plywood.

No Rot Resistance: Okoume plywood is not chemically treated. Which is likely to cause termites and fungus. If it is not maintained on time, it starts to rot within a few months.

Difficult to Recognise:  It is difficult for a common person (who does not much knowledge about plywood) to identify marine grade plywood. So to avoid cheating, only always buy from trusted plywood manufacture.

Read here How to Identify Marine Plywood?

Can bend or sag: Yes, Marine or other commercial plywood Can bend or sag when longer pieces are used. Therefore, solid wood is need to the support for large pieces.

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