Every Ribbon with Esthec is a purist's dream, reduced to its very essence.
Stephen van den Berg,
President and Founder, Ribbon Yachts
Yes, Esthec has a number of great advantages. The material can be installed in a fraction of the time that a teak deck requires. Esthec is lighter, which has the added advantages that less keel ballast is needed and less fuel is used.For boat owners Esthec`s recommended selling price starts at € 700 per m2 for material and installation. The price includes delivery and glueing of a custom-made deck. A customized offer can be requested from the specialist installers or the shipyard. If the material is delivered in sheet form, prices will naturally be lower.
Esthec is produced at and sold out of Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing`s headquarters in Hendrik Ido Ambacht. The sheet material and the customized products are exported all over the world and installed by independent installation companies and shipyards. Many shipyards have already included Esthec decks on their list of options.
Esthec can be glued using the so-called vacuum method. In comparison with teak, the same glues can be used: 2K epoxies, sealants like Sikaflex, 2K urethanes or VHB.
The many years of practical experience in professional shipping have shown that Esthec is extremely durable and wear resistant. Where teak warps, splits or fades, Esthec retains its form and colour. The composite material and joints have been saturated with colour, so that it can even be sanded down after years of use. The material meets the accepted international standards that have been set up in laboratories.
Currently, the sheets are supplied in a maximum length of 3 metres and a width up to 1 metre. The sheets can be made to size and seamlessly joined together on request.
Just like teak, Esthec warms up after being out in the sun all day. Washing it down with water is a simple method to cool the deck.
No, Esthec is a unique product and not comparable to PVC or rubber products. The material is made up of other raw materials, performs far better and is available in more colours. Whereas PVC is geared to do-it-yourselfers, Esthec is the ultimate solution for professionals.
Certainly not. The versatility of the material allows every professional to work according to his or her own vision. Besides: every situation is different. Esthec offers professional installers the freedom to realize the best solution in every situation. Guidelines are available if required.
So far, requests for teak patterns predominate, but in principle any pattern can be incorporated in an Esthec deck. Esthec is already watertight as it is. The joints therefore only serve an aesthetic purpose and can be filled with any joint sealant. Bolidt recommends the Esthec Joint Compound, but other options are also possible.
Yes, Esthec stocks miniature samples. These samples have no joint pattern, but they do have the standard Esthec texture and colours. Larger samples can be produced on demand. This requires a lead time of about six weeks.
Yes, Esthec is as light as a feather compared to teak. Esthec weighs 7.8 kg/m2 and is 6 mm thick. In comparison with the common 20 – 25 mm of teak, this means a considerable saving in weight. Less ballast needs to be fitted at the keel, it has a positive effect on fuel consumption and ships with Esthec decks have a shallower draught.
Esthec has a delivery time of approximately eight weeks. A condition for the acceptance of an order is the availability of a CAD drawing. The desired colours of the deck and the joints also have to be known. How long the processing firm will subsequently need to install the deck depends on their planning and the amount of details involved.
The texture is created in the factory and is the same per sheet. The application specialist can however achieve the desired rounding, before or after installing the deck.
No, 6 millimetres is the minimum thickness for the time being. Bolidt is continuously working on the enhancement of its products. It is possible that thinner sheets will become available in the future.
It is essential that Esthec is applied on an even and grease-free base. Because of the limited thickness of the material, irregularities will be more conspicuous than with the usually thicker and stiffer teak. The preparations before installation are therefore important. The installation itself is a relatively simple and quick process. Suitable bases are steel, GRP and aluminium.
This is possible if the material is supported by a base layer. With our CNC machines we can produce any form and any dimension.
No, definitely not. Esthec is a material with its own identity and unique properties. The material offers possibilities that were unthinkable in the teak era. Esthec is unequalled in terms of durability, maintenance friendliness, freedom of design, environment friendliness and installation speed.
Esthec can be cleaned with a soft or hard broom, with green soap or an aggressive abrasive product. It is even possible to remove algae with a high-pressure cleaner. Esthec is wear resistant and will not easily break.
There are a number of great advantages. The main benefits are in the constant quality and the installation speed. Even though the base surface requires more attention in terms of preparation, the actual installation can be done in a fraction of the time required for a teak deck. While a six week slot needs to be scheduled for teak, Esthec can be installed in one week. That means that the shipyard can be used more efficiently. Time is money, also in shipbuilding.
The supply of teak is declining. Especially high-quality teak is becoming rapidly and increasingly scarce. Esthec contributes to a future that is not shaped by import restrictions, guarantees a constant quality, enables quick installation techniques and supports a tradition of craftsmanship.
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