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Partnership: Polychem, Airex and Leidi

Marsel Brkic (from Leidi Croatia) is not an ordinary guy. He has big plans and lots of patience to realize his dreams, step by step. And he has a lot of questions when it comes to GRP technology.

This is the success story of a shipbuilder starting with single skin laminates and ending with

a boat completely made using sandwich technology.

Marsel started to build boats many years ago as an employee of a boat builder company in Croatia. In 2005, after many years of experience, he decided to start his carrier as an independent shipbuilder and established his own shipyard. His vision was to build dainty boats for everyday use. Dainty as a lady – “the lady of the seas”. Consequently he named his company Leidi. His business plan was simple but thorough: start with small GRP boats for fishing, recreation, and small family cruisers – “the lady for the deep sea and the shallow pocket.” Marsel characterizes his company: “We are a young and enthusiastic team of Croatian shipbuilders with the knowledge to construct top-quality boats with unique designs. Our goal is to realize all of our customer’s wishes and needs.”
In the following 5 years Marsel and his team built more than 100 vessels of the Leidi 490 type. One common aspect of all boats was Marsel’s permanent strive for high quality. These 5 years have substantiated the future of the company. Marsel did not spend money on fancy cars but reinvested his profits into the company. In order to ensure the high quality of his boats, Marsel always chose the best quality raw materials. Thus he was able to survive the difficult years of the economic crisis with his order book full of orders.
The next step for the company was the Leidi 600 - a bigger, longer, and faster powerboat designed with the vision of becoming “the Lady of all seas”. Leidi 600, with her excellent space utilization and cruising ability, was designed to satisfy the more demanding buyers.
While the early Leidi boats were made in monolithic construction, Marsel realized the necessity of weight reduction goal in weight reduction. Meanwhile the youngest and largest lady of the family was born - the Leidi 800. The largest and most powerful daughter of the family was launched in August 2013. She continues the tradition of high quality combined with good cruising ability. The Leidi 800 and hull of the Leidi 800. He also used AIREX® T92.200 in the stern instead of plywood.
T92 with FlexiCut finishing was chosen for its excellent price/performance ratio, enormous flexibility on uneven surfaces, and considerable weight reduction.
The story does not end here: driven by perfectionism,
Marsel now plans to introduce vacuum infusion instead of hand lamination, thus further reducing the weight of his boats. POLYchem Croatia and 3A Composites are very happy to be part of the success story of Leidi and we are looking forward to further supporting Marsel’s plans in vacuum infusion. and hull of the Leidi 800. He also used AIREX® T92.200 in the stern instead of plywood. T92 with FlexiCut finishing was chosen for its excellent price/performance ratio, enormous flexibility on uneven surfaces, and considerable weight reduction.
The story does not end here: driven by perfectionism, Marsel now plans to introduce vacuum infusion instead of hand lamination, thus further reducing the weight of his boats.
POLYchem Croatia and 3A Composites are very happy to be part of the success story of Leidi and we are looking forward to further supporting Marsel’s plans in vacuum infusion.