Boat building – here in Hobart

  • Aluminium mono-hull boats
  • Aluminium catamarans
  • Aluminium plate boats
  • Recreational and commercial
  • Complete packages or bare hull
  • Supply and fit any engines, any type of safety equipment, all electronics
  • Boat trailers made to fit

We work closely with Fred Barrett Yacht Design to produce sound boat designs that meet common requirements, which we can then tweak to meet any of your specific needs before embarking on the build; everything we build here is custom-built – we are committed to working entirely to meet your needs, rather than offering a static product line that forces you to make compromises on your expectations. Need a cabin added? No worries. Want a rear centre console on that design? Done. We will of course chime in with the benefit of our experience if we think something you’ve suggested won’t work or could be done in better way.

Working from our large, purpose-built workshop in Prince of Wales Bay, we take the time to get it right, and our customers appreciate that – we always have repeat customers because we build boats that stand the test of time in their harsh environments, and our boats always retain a good resale value.

We always use aluminium for the main structure of our boats, but we also work in stainless steel for additional components such as a canopy frame, should stainless be preferred.

We are determined to extend the growing footprint of our Hobart boat building reputation by providing a top-notch finished product that says “quality craftsmanship” in every way.

Some examples of our work:

6.5 metre mono-hull

Vessel specifications

  • Built to survey
  • 5mm bottom plate
  • 4mm side plate
  • 4mm treadplate deck
  • Outboard pod with filled in side steps as buoyancy
  • 250 Lt underfloor fuel tank
  • Davit post
  • Boarding Step & ladder
  • Portside FWD shelving
  • Console locker
  • Dive door
  • Battery compartment
  • Tank racks as requested
  • Mounts for electronics
  • Cuddy cabin with soft top canopy and grab rails
  • Buoyancy fitted above deck
  • Anchor winch Muir HS600s
  • Anchor rope & chain
  • Deck light plus fitting
  • Washdown pump fitted
  • Port and Starboard lights, allround light
  • Lowrance HSD7 sounder/plotter map card and transducer
  • Windscreen wipers
  • 2 bilge pumps
  • VSR, battery switches, switch panel, cable
  • 2 -F115 Yamaha 4 stroke outboards (counter-rotating)
  • Commercial Hydraulic steering
  • Premium steering hoses
  • 2- Racor fuel filters
  • 2- Batteries

Tandem alloy breakaway brake trailer to suit

  • Stainless steel brake rotors and calipers
  • Galvanised axles
  • Galvanised rocker roller springs
  • IQ7 brake actuator
  • Led lights
  • Heavy duty winch
  • Heavy duty jockey wheel
  • 14 inch galvanised Sunraysia wheels with light truck tyres

7.6m Catamaran

Vessel specifications


  • Overall LOA- 7.6m
  • Beam 2.5m
  • 5mm plate bottom
  • 5mm plate side
  •  5mm self draining deck with scuppers
  • Level buoyancy (foam filled hull)



  • Solid hard top
  • Storage- lockable compartment behind helm
  • Seating- one fixed, one removable flush deck
  • Grab Rails where customer requires
  •  Alfab anodised fixed front, sliding port and starboard windows
  • Starboard extra wide dashboard, binnacle mount



  • Fuel Tanks 2x 200 ltr
  • Davit Post
  • Anchor well, bollard, roller & cleat
  • Rear step ,boarding ladder &  grab rails
  • Roof rails
  • Internal side pocket shelving
  • Rear Battery compartment with sliding doors
  • Dive Door- internal width 950mm
  • Tank Racks 6-8 rack removable vertical transom mount
  • Dive flag holder, transducer mount, deck wash mount



  • 2 rule 200 GPH Bilge pumps
  • Lowrance HDS9 Sounder/ chart plotter
  • 12V Power outlets- 1x CIG 1x Anderson 1x USB
  • Lights LED Port and Starboard and White
  • LED Cabin Light
  • LED Flood Light
  • 2x 12V Marine batteries with isolation switches
  • ICON VHF Radio and Ariel
  • 12V Wash down pump, with hose
  • Windscreen wiper x 2 top mounted
  • Anchor winch Muir HR 700- 30m of 8mm chain and 30mm rope
  • House 12v battery for electronic and VHF radio, not off engine batteries
  • Two standalone fuel gauges with access covers to the sender units
  • Supply and fit compass, survey requirement
  • Breaker switches not fuses



  • Yamaha 225HP XCA electronic controls 4.2 litre
  • Mechanical rigging
  • Twin binnacle
  • Control cables
  • Square gauges
  • Front mount high drive steering
  • Stainless steel propellers
  • Fuel filters and water traps for both engines


Tri-axle breakaway brake trailer to suit

  • Brakes- Kodiak stainless steel calipers and 12 inch galvanised rotors
  • Tri Axle rocker roller galvanised 9 leaf spring assemblies
  • 63mm solid square axles
  • GVM 4500kgs
  • 70mm hitch
  • LED lights
  • Heavy duty jockey wheel
  • 2 speed winch
  • Heavy Duty Galvanised Sunraysia rims and tyres 14in inc spare
  • Hayman Reece weight distribution bars supplied and fitted
  • Alko IQ7 Extreme brake controller

6 metre mono-hull

This boat was constructed with an aluminium lifting frame at rear to enable the boat to be picked up by helicopter.

Vessel specifications

  • Built to survey
  • 4mm bottom plate
  • 3mm side plate
  • 4mm treadplate deck
  • Outboard pod with steps
  • 200 Lt underfloor fuel tank
  • Rear console with soft top storage
  • Battery compartment
  • Mounts for electronics
  • Cuddy cabin with soft top canopy and grab rails
  • Level buoyancy
  • Anchor well, bollard and roller

The Blade – 12 metre, very fast planing tourist catamaran

While times may currently be tough in Australia’s shipbuilding and renovation scene, Tasmania appears to be successfully riding out the storm with its amazing reputation for producing new and innovative work in its remarkably busy ship-building yards.

Robert Pennicott from the Tasmanian multiple Award winning eco-tourism operator Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, recently approached Fred Barrett of Fred Barrett Yacht Design and Naval Architecture, commissioning him to design a unique and innovative high speed catamaran to service the spectacular new Tasmanian Three Capes Track tourist development.

The vessel’s job description was to pick up groups of walkers from a pontoon at Port Arthur, run them down the coast towards Cape Raoul, and then drop them on the shore at Denman Beach where the three-day walk starts towards Cape Pillar: spectacular scenery with some of the most unique and impressive cliffs to be found in Australia, and thus demanding a vessel which is both unique and impressive in itself.

It required a vessel that would be striking and distinctive, a stable platform catamaran, strongly built, capable of all-weather operation, and able to accommodate 30 passengers in comfort and with all-round visibility. A vessel which had to have the ability to land and embark people from the beach, and one which was powerful and fast enough to handle a range of operating conditions whilst maintaining a strict schedule.

In Survey: 1C & 1E MAST
Home Port: Hobart
Construction: 5mm Marine Grade Aluminium
Deck Construction: 5mmMarine Grade Aluminium
Length O/All 12 metres
Beam: 4.7 metres
Draught: 600 mm
Displacement: 12 tonnes
Main Engines: 4 x 2015 250 Hp. 4 stroke Yamaha Outboards, (Ultra Long)
Supplied: Yamaha Australia/Bailey Marine
Installed: Bailey Marine/Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Set up: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Propulsion: Outboards.
Hydraulics: Nil
Steering: Electronic Optimus “Sea Star”.
Stainless Steel Canopy frame: 316 grade mirror finished
Canopy Upholstery: ISS Italian made all weather fabric canopy supplied ISS Huntingfield(Tasmania)
Seating Beurteaux Seats fitted with seatbelts for 30 passengers and two crew
Maximum Speed: 43 Kts
Cruising Speed: 25 Kts
Electronics supplied: Island Marine
Sounder/Plotter: Simrad GPS
Radios: GME VHF
Compass: Plastimo
Transducer: 1Kw Airmar Transducer
Batteries: Power is supplied by a bank of batteries charged by the engines . 4 starting Batteries and 2 house batteries.
Painting: 2 pack apoxy paint by RM Marine, Kettering.
Marine carpet floor covering
Toilet and wash room
Anchor winch: Maxwell Electric
Stern Mooring Winch: Yacht Winches, 1500 Kilos.
Bow Loading Door: Electric
Safety Equipment:
Liferaft: 3 x 12 person Transocean 12.
Fuel capacity: 2000 Litres
Fresh water: 30 Litres
Passengers: 30 persons
Crew: 2 persons
Operational Area: Tasman Peninsula Tasmania
Delivery Date: 14 December 2015