The material of the hull defines much of a yacht’s personality. In terms of aluminium hulls, they are strong, environmentally sustainable, safe and light. “Marine grade aluminium has become the choice of modern yacht construction. It doesn’t leak, absorb water, delaminate, or deform. Aluminium yachts are lightweight, strong, corrosion- resistance, and non-flammable. The ease of workability, welding and handling make aluminium hulls economical” (KMY). Therefore, if durability during harsh environments is something you are interested in, aluminium might be the smart option for you.
Aluminium is very hard to deform and they weigh much less than full steel made yachts. When your yacht is less heavy, it is faster, more fuel efficient and has higher manoeuvrability. As already mentioned, aluminium is extremely durable, therefore in a possible collusion the chance of hull getting damaged is much unlikely. In a scenario where damage does happen, aluminium yachts can be repaired more easily than other materials. “This is because aluminium has low modulus of elasticity, it absorbs the energy of the impactand prevents damages” (Aluventure). Furthermore, aluminium materials used for yacht building does not burn nor fuels fire which makes it more secure.
“Today’s marine grade aluminium is almost corrosion free. Marine use aluminium alloys contain pure aluminium, with 4 to 5 percent of magnesium and no other race metals. It provides excellent resistance to salt water, is ductile, and retains its high strength when welded” (KMY).
Aluminium yachts offer the longest lifespan next to other common materials. “Usually, with regular and little maintenance, experts consider its longevity as permanent” (Alumarine Shipyard). To maximise the lifespan of an aluminium yacht is to have a good painting system to protect from corrosion.
Environmental sustainability is more important than it ever was, and aluminium is one of the most recyclable material in both energy and economic wise. Aluminium recycling requires just 5% of the original energy need to produce the metal. The percentage of reclaimed aluminium has been continuously rising for 30 years to a level where it now represents 30% of the world’s consumption (Aister). Additionally, it only produces very little pollution because of the minimal maintenance it requires.
One possible downside of aluminium is that it harder to weld than steel, therefore finding a skilled welder is crucial to retain high quality and longevity. As Mengi Yay Yachts, we work with a passionate team that does not comprise from the company principles and work with the mastery of generations that exhibits great workmanship. With your Mengi Yay steel aluminium construction yachts, you will have lifetime support and excellent craftmanship.