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.
Wheketere was launched in February 2022 by Q-West Boat Builders for Whale Watch Kaikoura. The vessel was designed by Teknicraft Design as a passenger catamaran. This is the seventh boat that Q-West have built for this client. The vessel is a sister ship to the recently launched Te Ao Marama, both vessels are larger than the rest of the fleet and incorporate new technology; along with grandstands for great passenger viewing and VIP lounges and decks.
Te Ao Marama was launched in October 2020 by Q-West Boat Builders for Whale Watch Kaikoura. The vessel was designed by Teknicraft Design Ltd as a passenger catamaran. This is the sixth boat that Q-West have built for this client. The vessel is not only larger than the rest of the fleet but incorporates new technology; along with a grandstand for greater passenger viewing and a VIP lounge and deck.
Q-West Boat Builders were selected in mid-2020 to refit Aria with HamiltonJet’s new hybrid system. Aria was originally constructed by Q-West in 2007 and is a 15m aluminium foil assisted catamaran.
The modifications were substantial and involved the total reconfiguration of the vessels driveline, installation of electrical components and the fabrication of a fire protected battery compartment.
HamiltonJet’s Electro-Hybrid Drive, or EHX system, offers a totally integrated propulsion system that provides all the benefits of jet propulsion with seamless transition from electric to diesel.
Q-West’s installation of the hybrid system and the supporting items required for operation has enabled us to collect accurate data for future electric or hybrid vessels.
Q-West has been a long-standing customer of HamiltonJet, installing more jet units in New Zealand than any other builder. HamiltonJet’s quality, support and commitment to development has ensured our strong relationship will continue.