Robinia Ships

Ahoy mates! All aboard.

In reality pirates were perhaps not the most attractive people to suggest themselves as play icons, but then children love the hint of danger in their adventures. With this lingering menace, pirates fall into the same story-generating arena as ogres, dragons and ghosts. 

No two pirate captains were identical, they had their own flag and often dressed just to be distinctive. This is also the case with KOMPAN’s pirate ships. The Robinia wood determines that each of the play features is different. The wood also creates a feeling of authenticity, and the ships, filled with places to hide, to climb, to role play, help mould the young buccaneer’s character, communication ability and physical development. These are more than hours of play, they are voyages of self-discovery.  

The six ‘standard’ ships are all open to further individuality beyond that of each uniquely grained piece of Robinia. They come in three sizes, anything but small, because these are expansive and expandable features that dominate the playground. Placement of slides, ropes and even the structure itself adds to the lure of a swashbuckling tale that is irresistible.

The Robinia tree is a triumph of nature. As a tree, at every level it performs. It grows in poor soils, it feeds nitrogen into the earth encouraging other plants, it flowers to be the source of Acadia honey, its leaves breathe out Co2. It adapts well in urban areas, gracing many boulevards and streets. When cut as timber, the stump regenerates and grows back quickly. It is highly sustainable. The timber is fine-grained, strong and durable - the perfect material for play features. 

Another aspect that displays itself with Robinia is that it dictates how it is used. Each piece is unique and this brings an obvious degree of individuality to each ship. 

How do we get started? 

Finding the right products from the extensive range is the starting point. We encourage you to click and to be inspired by the amazing playgrounds we have installed around the world. Our very competent and experienced support team can then help you translate your wish list into your unique outdoor solution. Feel free to contact us and ask all your questions or to receive a quote.

Frequently asked questions about Robinia Ships

Are pirate ships just for boys?

No. Girls can get as much out of the adventure. In fact, some, mostly unsung, pirates were women, Anne Bonny, Mary Read and America’s first Rachel Wall. There were also several Swedish, Chinese and French female pirates. At play level it’s about character building and in the world of make-believe where better to express yourself than breaking down conceptual barriers? A chance to be Keira Knightley or Johnny Depp, who’d say no?

Are the ships painted?

Yes and no. The wood can be treated or untreated, the former giving it initially a darker hue, the latter aging gracefully with time. The wood can also be painted, with features in blue and red and sides in black.

What type of rope is used in the ships?

KOMPAN uses a special ‘Hercules’-type of rope with galvanized six-stranded steel wires. Each strand is tightly wrapped with PES yarn, which is melted onto each individual strand. The ropes are highly wear-and vandalism-resistant and can be replaced at site if needed.

Need advice?

We have more than 50 years of experience, and will support you throughout the project.


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