Boat hardware has to follow general interior design style

Friction hinges reduce the amount of hardware required Friction hinges reduce the amount of hardware required
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When it comes to the interior of a boat – whether large or small - the continuing movement is away from a traditional neutral style towards crisp lines.

Some of the new products following this theme that are available from C-Quip include new carbon handrails suitable for the interior or exterior of a craft such as for a companionway.

The handrails can be surface or recess mounted.

When it comes to hinges, C-Quip has new friction hinges that will keep cupboard doors open in any desired position.

Hardware is reduced

“The hinges reduce the amount of hardware that’s required and simplify the lines of a boat,” explained Ian Cooke, C-Quip MD.

“Long gone are the vast swathes of dark wood, instead it’s all light wood and crisp lines from the small boats to the big boats.

“Boat interiors have an almost simple, Scandinavian simplicity and the hardware has got to follow to match in.”

Torque rating

He added: “It’s a swing away from contemporary style and designing down rather than up.”

The 316 stainless steel hinges have a constant torque rating of 30 KGF-CM +/- 15% with two hinges able to hold a 40cm wide, 2kg hatch.

The hinges have been tested to 20,000 cycles with less than 20% loss of friction. They are available with a top pin for 190° opening or a bottom pin for 100° opening.

In addition, C-Quip is working with an electronics company to develop new technology to turn the structure of a boat into a sound generating device.

“It will be comparable and better than having an existing speaker system that’s visible,” explained Ian.

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