Custom Design


Cruising Concepts designs and crafts some of the highest quality and aesthetically pleasing companionway doors that can be found on the modern market.  With an experienced and detailed blend of efficiency and precision crafting, Cruising Concepts products can serve customer needs for any make and model of sailboat.  Over multiple decades we’ve refined our ability to construct top line doors from several different materials, decreasing costs and ensuring the customer gets the finished product quickly and easily.

At Cruising Concepts teak wood is our material of choice.  Its strength to weight ratio ensures that companionway doors built from teak add a minimum of additional weight to the boat but remain sturdy and secure against accidents, buffeting, and other hazards of maritime life.  Our doors are cut at ¾” thickness or better to ensure stability and durability.  The unique properties of teak wood facilitate close fitting mounts for screw attachments, preventing leaks and increasing the lifetime of the doors.

Latches, hinges, and door handles are fully supported by our custom designs.  Cruising Concepts utilizes hinges specially placed to limit unwanted exposure while maintaining functionality.  Our companionway doors can be easily and quickly inserted or removed from the hinges, which are attached directly to our individually crafted teak fascia for a swiftly accomplished sailboat upgrade.  We provide additional teak finishing for covering lock plates so the installation blends perfectly into the customer’s preferred aesthetic.

All orders are processed by a personally managed digital design program, ensuring a full hands-on approach to the crafting process from the moment the order is received until the companionway doors are packaged and sent.  Our design-driven mechanized carving system can create patterns of the highest detail and intricacy which we often apply to our teak cockpit and yacht tables.  Cruising Concepts is proud to offer its customers the opportunity to request any inlaid decoration they might desire.  The completed doors are hand varnished, or left unaltered for a classic look per the customer’s request.

Virtues of Teak


Unvarnished teak companionway doors are our preferred medium for our louvre window designs.  Cruising Concepts offers louvres for its teak doors, specially crafted and inserted to shed water away from the window.  All louvre doors include glass and screens attached behind the louvres, ensuring a dry and properly controlled interior climate for the sailboat cabin while maintaining the classic and leak free louvre teak design.  Only our teak doors feature the precise carving that ensures our louvres stay in place, plastic designs can’t measure up.

Experience with the nature of carving and crafting teak wood is a critical component of Cruising Concepts’ approach to serving our customers’ needs.  With several decades of experience, including the nature of this business to always present unique circumstances, we are confident in tackling any design requests we may receive.  Cruising Concepts maintains unwavering guidelines when approaching a project, specifically in only providing custom inlays on companionway doors built in the five-piece design needed to maintain structural stability.

The strength of our teak doors is unmatched among companionway door materials.  Construction includes framing designed specifically to prevent bending and ensure that the doors maintain their alignment and visual appeal over decades of use.  Our meticulous crafting and measurements ensure the proper balance of strength and decreased weight that our high quality teak wood is suited for.  Teak is unyielding but highly formable with our hand-sanding and precision carving techniques, ensuring a perfect, close fit for the fascia.

We’ve found teak wood to be the best material for companionway doors on Hunters, Catalinas, or any luxury sailboat.  Artificial materials such as plastic and acrylic are suitable for the job, but only our custom teak doors offer the right combination of adaptability, structural efficiency, and visual appeal.  You work hard and invest a lot into making your sailboat beautiful and reliable, let us help you keep that standard with Cruising Concepts’ hand crafted teak wood companionway doors.