New Zealand’s pre-eminent boat builders

At Q-West Boat Builders, we combine passion, design and technology together with the highest quality manufacturing and project management to result in vessels that exceed expectations and are performance-driven.

NZ team producing world class results

Manufacturing Excellence in Alloy

From our base in Whanganui, New Zealand, which provides an ideal environment for us to produce and test the boats we build, we deliver and our clients will testify to that. Q-West is dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality vessels and exceeding the expectations of a global market. Q-West is more than a manufacturing business which specialises in steel and aluminium marine construction. It has grown on the back of the strategy of quality, building the best and tailoring every inch of the boats we build to our customers’ requirements.


Building Trust

We know that reputation is based on trust, that’s why we commit ourselves to you and your vision to see it achieved on time and on budget.



Our powerful combination of Lean manufacturing, project excellence and technical expertise has established the company as a recognised manufacturer of market leading and cutting edge craft which can be found throughout the world.


Success rate

Our customers have confidence and trust that Q-West will deliver every time to the highest quality – because that’s what we do. We look forward to you experiencing that for yourself.

Dream Team

World Class Support

Our hard earned reputation for innovation and quality has seen our work recognised via awards and, most important of all, happy customers. We have a strategic plan which sees us continuing to grow, deliver and be the best .

Regional team producing world class results

Only expert craftsmanship will do in producing world-class results. We have the right team working on your behalf to see the vision come to life. They are passionate, loyal and committed to exceeding your expectations.

Recent Builds


TECT Rescue is a 14.8m search and rescue catamaran constructed for Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard Association Incorporated.  The state-of-the-art craft is equipped with enhanced capabilities for sea rescues, and is larger and swifter than their current vessel.  This is the first vessel constructed for this client.


Mahina is an 18.6m high-speed catamaran constructed as a pleasure craft for a private client.  The vessel has a high-end finish both internally and externally.  This is the first vessel constructed for this client.


Te Kaihōpara was constructed for The University of Auckland.  The primary role of the craft is for research, survey and educational missions, led by the University of Auckland’s Institute of Marine Science, based in Leigh. This is the first vessel constructed for this client.    

Our Clients

Just some of the people we have had the privelage working with

    What our clients say

    Every vessel has been delivered on time and on budget. Q-West has constructed every vessel to our complete satisfaction and without any disputes. It has been a pleasurable experience with each vessel.

    Allan Drinkrow
    Pine Harbour Marina

    The decision for Q-West to build the new Waiheke ferry was an easy one for Fullers CEO Douglas Hudson. Q-West has a solid reputation for building aluminium boats, from fishing and charter vessels to high-speed ferries. Q-West worked closely with our Project Managers to produce a quality craft that meets our expectations.

    Douglas Hudson
    Fullers CEO

    Port Taranaki operates on New Zealand's rugged West Coast which demands vessels of the highest build quality and design. In 2014, Q-West delivered, on time and budget, the most advanced pilot launch in New Zealand. With a specific eye on safe pilotage this vessel was the first pilot launch in New Zealand to be built under 'Class Rules', through Lloyds of London. Thank you Q-West for your skills, expertise, dedication, and most of all passion to deliver such a fine craft.

    Roy Weaver
    Chief Executive, Port Taranaki

    In 2010 the Wellington Police Maritime Unit took delivery of an 18.5m foil assisted catamaran built by Q-West Boat Builders Limited. Lady Elizabeth IV was delivered on time and on budget. Q-West constructed the vessel to our satisfaction and without any disputes. It was a pleasure working with the team at Q-West and I am happy to recommend them to any Company looking to build a vessel.

    John Bryant, Senior Sergeant
    Officer in Charge, Wellington Police Maritime Unit


    Vessel News



    Building on their obvious satisfaction with the success of their last acquisition from Q-West, Victoria’s Water Police have come back for another. Same designer, same yard.

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    HAWK V

    HAWK V

    January 26 2018 was International Customs Day, and was considered a suitable day for Q-West Boat Builders to officially handover to New Zealand Customs Service their newest vessel the 18.6 metre Teknicraft-designed Hawk V.

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    HAWK V

    HAWK V

    Q-West has delivered another prime Teknicraft-designed, Scania driven, Hamilton Jet-powered patrol vessel.

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    Get In Touch

    If you are looking for a boat builder with experience and proven systems, contact Q-West for a competitive proposal for your next vessel.

    Q-West boat builders strives for manufacturing excellence through professional management, efficient systems and highly motivated staff nurtured in a healthy and creative environment.

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