A ship does not only need a watertight hull. In most cases, you will also need a cover that protects the ship, its crew, its cargo and its passage from a possible flood. We must also consider the importance of the harmony and beauty of the lines in their construction. As well as its resistance to the relentless action of the weather even at rest. The carpentry for boats is the key to achieve these objectives.

In an era of new materials, resins, fibers and other high-tech materials, talking about carpentry for boats may seem anachronistic, but the truth is that it is still a very important profession in the maintenance of a boat.


The carpentry and joinery for boats includes all work related to the wood of a boat. And, the truth is that today’s boats still require a lot of finished work on this material. Broadly speaking, according to their special requirements, we can divide them into exterior carpentry or interior carpentry.

The exterior carpentry includes the construction and modification of furniture (tables, chairs, benches, hammocks, doors, handrails, railings, etc.) and roofing works (from replacing a table to redoing the entire roof).

The interior carpentry focuses on the refurbishment of the passenger compartment of the boat, following the same existing design. It consists of the construction of all types of furniture with any kind of finish (laminate, plating, varnishing, etc.) and in any desired style.


Within the carpentry for boats, in our country there is a very deep-rooted artisan tradition that runs the risk of disappearing. It is the riparian woodwork.

It is a sailor trade whose origin goes back to the fishing boats of the large number of fishing populations that populate our entire coastline. Over time, these master craftsmen have shared their knowledge with recreational boats and, in this way, carpentry for boats has been enriched.

Riparian carpentry is the art of, from scratch, trace, cut and style the different pieces that make up a wooden boat.

The ribera carpentry has a deep-rooted tradition even in some populations of the Galician coast, in Bilbao and in the Canary Islands. But, little by little, it is disappearing by more industrialized methods.

In any case, there are many local initiatives to revive this artisan form of carpentry for boats, reviving interest among youth. On the other hand, its incorporation to the maintenance works of large pleasure boats or luxury yachts, allows the possibility of glimpsing a great future.

If you need carpentry for your boat in Barcelona, visit V de Bravado.

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