Services and Facilities

Based in the picturesque New Zealand City of Whanganui, with facilities on the banks of the Whanganui River, Q-West Boat Builders Limited supply marine fabrication and engineering services for industries such as Defense, Fisheries, Oil & Gas, Civil Defense, Environment Impact, Coastal Protection, Passenger Transport and Tourism.

Over the years the business has diversified in terms of the vessels we have and are producing. Supported by the best designers and manufacturing craftsmen, we have been able to construct and maintain a wide range of craft:

  • Fast Ferries
  • Passenger Vessels
  • Pilot Vessels
  • Patrol Boats
  • Environmental Protection and Pollution Control
  • Patrol Craft
  • Hydrographical Survey Boats
  • Harbour Board Crafts
  • Pleasure Boats
  • Charter Boats
  • Sports Fishing Vessels
  • Oil Rig Service Vessels
  • Crew Transfer Vessels
  • Yachts
  • Fishing Boats & Trawlers

Equipped with world class services & facilites

The facilities at Q-West are purpose built for the construction and maintenance of vessels. Over the years Q-West has developed and obtained specific fabrication equipment. The list below provides a general overview of Q-West’s equipment:


  • Three workshops capable of fabricating vessels of up to 40 metres
  • 150 tonne capacity slipway with the ability to slip the vessels directly into the main construction hall
  • Modern machine shop including brake press, pipe rolling equipment, drills, lathes, guillotine
  • MIG welding (includng pulse technology), steel, stainless steel and aluminium alloys
  • TIG welding of stainless steel and aluminium alloys
  • 4 x overhead gantrys (up to 5 tonne)
  • Test equipment for hydraulics, electronic, welding
  • Time Quality Management
  • Computer Aided Design capabilities
  • Established team of professional, qualified boat builders and engineers.


  • Design and development
  • Design co-ordination
  • Construction
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Re-fit and fit-out
  • Shipwriting
  • Project Management
  • Technical and servicing backup
  • Marine Consulting

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Our Clients

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


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    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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