The Geberit Mepla piping system, for example, has been used in the drinking water systems at Royal Huisman since 1993. Geberit Mapress CuNiFe is also installed on a regular basis, as the copper-nickel-iron alloy is ideally suited to the harsh conditions seen on the high seas. The good availability of the pipes and fittings and the quality of the support offered by Geberit were also key factors in establishing the partnership. Thanks to the practical pressing tool, installation is particularly easy. The plumber can press the connections securely with a minimum of fuss – even when space is at a premium.
81 metres of luxury
For just over three years, the yacht builders at Royal Huisman have been working on their biggest project to date – the three-masted sailing yacht SEA EAGLE II. The luxury yacht measures an impressive 81 metres in length. It is built primarily from aluminium, which makes it light and manoeuvrable despite its size. Inside the yacht, the Geberit Mepla and Mapress supply systems are on hand to cope with the strict demands seen in shipbuilding and come with the necessary approvals.
In addition to corrosion resistance, weight is also of critical importance in yacht building. “Of course, the pipes only play a relatively small role when you take the whole yacht into account,” explains Richard Daenen. “However, any reduction in weight is important.” With its three layers made of plastic and aluminium, the Geberit Mepla multilayer pipe is significantly lighter and more flexible than metal pipes – thus making it ideal for use in shipbuilding.