Hutcheson Boatbuilders

Hutcheson Boatbuilders have been in the marine business for over 18 years and are well known locally in Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, and internationally for their high-quality boat building workmanship. Hutcheson Boatbuilders carry out a complete range of boat building work on both commercial and recreational vessels including  new boat construction, general vessel repairs and maintenance, vessel refits, fibre glassing, interior cabinetry, general engineering, osmosis repairs, stainless steel work, repaints and painting repairs, antifouling, boat grooming and all manner of shipwright work.

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We are based conveniently on the water front in the hub of Tauranga’s marine industrial area, between the Sulphur Point Marina and the Tauranga Bridge Marina.  Larger commercial fishing vessels utilise Hutcheson’s on-site 80 tonne slipway hall-out facility to carry out under water hull maintenance and antifouling needs.  Vessels up to 80 tonne with a maximum beam of 19 feet and a draft of 9 foot 6 inches can be lifted using a commercial crane.  Commercial and oversized pleasure craft including multihulls can also carryout water blasting and painting work in our boat yard. We have three large sheds on-site to carry out undercover boat work.  We work with local crane companies to lift vessels and have large trolleys for big vessels to be transported in and out of our work sheds. There is also a commercial docking facility next to the Hutcheson Boatbuilders yard where large vessels can be berthed to carry out above water maintenance.

Smaller commercial and pleasure craft usually use either the Tauranga Bridge Marina or the Sulphur Point Marina’s hall-out/hard-stand facilities.  Hutcheson Boatbuilders have their own workshop situated on the Tauranga Bridge Marina hard-stand.  The Tauranga Bridge Marina Travel Lift is capable of lifting vessels up to 35 tonnes with a beam of 5.5 meters.

At Hutcheson Boatbuilders, we pride ourselves in providing good honest reliable shipwright work. Our customers see us as straight shooters and good genuine people to deal with. There is no room for anything else when you have to work in a small community by international standards.  This is backed by being boat builders for more than 18 years in the Tauranga marine industry.

So if you are looking at constructing a new vessel, carrying out general vessel repairs and maintenance, refitting your existing boat, any type of fibre glassing, require some interior cabinetry, any general engineering, require osmosis repairs, stainless steel work, a repaint or painting repairs, get that antifouling done, have your vessel groomed or any manner of shipwright work completed, then Hutcheson Boatbuilders can be trusted to give you value for money for your project.

Latest News

Office Move

Our office has moved to the south east corner of the building that fronted Den Place by the gates that used to go into our slip yard and hardstand and big doors.

image Refit of Motor Vessel - MV Tradition.

Transported by road from Wellington to Tauranga..

This beautiful launch received a makeover at Hutcheson Boatbuilders.


image A Quality Pilothouse Yacht -  Elliott ‘1350 Tourer’.

Greg Elliott Pilothouse Yacht..

This production yacht was developed to satisfy the demand for a comfortable performance cruising yacht which is offshore capable and affordable.


Kauri Yacht Kauri Yacht 'Oranui' sitting in our yard

Wooden Yacht 'Oranui'

The classic 1950's Kauri Yacht 'Oranui', is currently receiving a bit of a make-over. The hull has been stripped back to its bare timbers ready to be glassed.


image Visiting Italian Yacht Supermaro carried out an extensive refit.

Several Tauranga Marine specialist business worked on this refit during the yachts stay here in Tauranga





Don Mattson

Don Mattson

Don Mattson, the Managing Director of Hutcheson Boatbuilders, has been operatiing his business since 1993 and is a well respected boat builder.


As a skipper in the 2002/2003 Around Alone, at each stopover the pressure is on me to accomplish the nearly impossible, in a short time, with a limited budget. I am happy to say that I was amazed by the gang from Hutcheson Boatbuilders and how quickly they were able to do a great job on Ocean Planet's bow modifications! Usually a rush job means sacrificing the quality of work, but they did just what I wanted in record time. I've spent the most of my life in boatyards, so I know good work from bad. These guys are great bunch, I highly recommend them!

Bruce Schwab, Ocean Planet

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