Austral Marine Plywood

Faces A-A
Bond A-Bond
Stress Grade F17
Emissions Super E0
Standard AS/NZS 2272 - 2006
Core Gaps Minimal (View example)
Thicknesses 4, 6.5, 9.5, 12.5, 16, 19, 25, 32mm
Dimensions 2400 x 1200, 2700 x 1200mm

Marine Plywood - the only "AAA" plywood panel

Marine plywood has long had the reputation as "the best" plywood, and for good reason. We like to think of it as a “AAA" plywood, as it must have an "A" face and back, "A" core veneers throughout, an "A-Bond" glue system, and manufactured using a Marine-designated timber specie. If any of these characteristics are not present, it is not Marine plywood.

As a high performing product, Austral AAA Marine is constructed using the highest grade veneers throughout the entire panel. It is manufactured from selected species based on density, bending strength, impact resistance and surface finishing characteristics. Austral AAA Marine is manufactured to AS/NZS 2272, using plantation Hoop Pine, a designated Marine specie.

Austral Plywoods is the only manufacturer of marine plywood that complies with Australian Standards.

More info - Marine Plywood and Boats (reproduced with permission from the EWPAA).

Super E0 formaldehyde emission rating

Our Marine products have formaldehyde emissions that meet the requirements of Super E0 (view certificate), the lowest emission rating obtainable. Please refer to the EWPAA letter following the certificate. 

Preservative Treatment

None of the marine species are naturally durable and preservative treatment is required in marine plywood used in many marine environments such as boat hulls, pontoons and marina applications.

All cut edges should therefore be re-treated in situ. As most preservatives affect resorcinol bonding, advice should be sought from adhesive and preservative manufacturers if gluing of preservative treated plywood is intended.

Structural Properties

Hoop Pine marine plywood manufactured by Austral Plywoods possesses a stress grade of F17. This superior stress grade is attributable to our premium Hoop Pine resource, the efficient utilisation of that resource, and a commitment to quality manufacture. Marine plywood manufactured to BS1088, as imported into Australia, does not have predictable structural performance.


Marine plywood to AS/NZS 2272 - 2006 has two A grade faces and a Type A bond. In the Australian Standards grading system therefore it has a grading of AA-A bond. There is no second grade marine plywood.


Marine plywood to AS/NZS 2272 - 2006 should be used in hulls of boats and where specified in other marine applications and in aircraft construction. Marine plywood to overseas standards must not be substituted for AS/NZS 2272 - 2006 marine plywood. For assured performance marine plywood should be branded with the "EWPAA Tested" marine plywood stamp.


If used as an interior wall or ceiling lining, we recommend Austral pre-finishing (click for more information). Marine plywood is not suitable for fully exposed applications (ie wall cladding). More information about exterior finishing.

Take care in free standing applications

Plywood is a natural product that can be affected by changes in ambient weather conditions, possibly causing previously flat sheets to bow. At Austral Plywoods all precautions are taken to ensure flatness at time of dispatch, however once the plywood has left our factory we cannot guarantee sheets to remain flat unless fastened. This is particularly important where free standing kitchen/cabinet doors are concerned.

Important - Before using oil based coatings & stains, ensure that they are compatible with Hoop Pine plywood.  Although we do recommend water based finishes, stains from Livos Australia have been tested and approved by Austral Plywoods as being suitable for use with Hoop Pine plywood.  Other oil based coatings are not recommended on plywood where the finished job will be subject to close scrutiny. Other oil based coatings tend to penetrate the face veneer of the plywood and strongly highlight the natural figure in the timber, darkening it considerably. In many applications this may not be desirable. Other oil based stains also tend to swell the grain of the surface veneer, again potentially disfiguring the plywood.

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