Alukin is a family business built up over about eight years by Maria and Peter Nikula, founded on a combination of persistent hard work and their joint competencies. That they ended up making aluminium boats is far from a coincidence: knowledge of materials and construction in aluminium and steel are Peter’s areas of expertise. “He simply decided to build a boat that suited our personal needs and ended up creating a number of boats before we were fully satisfied with the hull and its qualities, and from there on we’ve built the business and the brand,” says Maria, who spoke to Scan Magazine about the company’s journey to date.