Over the years McMullen & Wing has earned a sterling reputation for unique custom yachts. Southern Spars is globally respected as the leading choice for superyacht carbon spars, with the company now having supplied masts to approximately 60–70 per cent of all sailing superyachts. Doyle Sails New Zealand has a reputation as one of the world’s best sail makers due to its ever-evolving technology and performance focused sails. These three companies are key examples of the quality and innovation coming out of New Zealand. Through unprecedented success in the international sailing arena Elliott Marine is recognised as a world leader in racing yacht design and contemporary, high performance cruising yachts.
The 111-foot (34-meter) VvS1 is spending the next several months cruising in the South Pacific before heading to the New Zealand-based yard.
Since the refit is survey-related, to comply with Lloyds classification, the scope of the work is mostly on systems. Our team consists of expert NZQA qualified New Zealand boat builders and marine spray painters who can undertake any required repairs, refit and maintenance work, as well as custom modifications, upgrades and specialist boat building projects spanning wood, fibreglass and composite vessels of all sizes.
We also work with International boat owners who require yacht refits, or expert boat building and boat repair services while visiting New Zealand. Our boat builders can help with general structural checkups and maintenance, haul-outs and New Zealand based yacht refits or repaints, Marine Shield and PropSpeed application, major hull or structural repairs, duck board or bow thruster installations, repairing or replacing windows or hatches.

The multi-award winning 45m Big Fish, built for a Hong Kong-based owner in 2010 and now frequently based in Phuket, Thailand, has travelled thousands of nautical miles and won an army of fans for her hardy yet stylish exterior. With a global network, including the headquarters in New Zealand and its one design facility in Sri Lanka, Southern Spars regularly works with many sailing yacht builders. The New Zealand loft supplies its innovative Stratis sails from its 7000sqm sail loft to the global Doyle network of more than 80 lofts. Having proved popular around the world, it is no surprise that as the yachting pastime grows in Asia these brands are becoming increasingly in demand. The Elliott pedigree of proven race winning formula transfers seamlessly to cruising yachts that are elegant, innovative and sea kindly.
From small basic wooden boat building jobs and alterations, through to total haul-out services and comprehensive custom alternations or repairs work, engine maintenance and general servicing.
Talk to us about the latest in marine spray painting and protection coating applications, or any other marine services while in NZ waters. We are Whitianga’s leading marine specialists and can undertake services for most kinds of launches, yachts, jet skis, commercial vessels and trailer boats, including traditional wooden boats, fibreglass, steel and aluminium vessels. We carry out both insurance claims and insurance inspections, working together with the boat owner and the insurance assessor. We undertake boat trailer repairs, yacht rigging and refits, pre-purchase inspections and work with you to design & build solutions for your next boat building project. As well as superyacht work, Southern Spars is intensely involved in race technology and recently built AC72 wings for the 34th America’s Cup.

The Doyle group already has a well-established presence in Asia with sail lofts in China and Japan, supplying sails to high profile performance yachts including Hugo Boss and Ragamuffin and superyachts such as the largest single sloop yacht ever built, 75m Mirabella V. From general boat building to all required repairs — our team can work on your vessel at our fully equipped Whitianga workshop, which includes three covered boat sheds and is able to handle vessels of up to 16 metres, at the Whitianga Marina, or in some cases at your home around the Mercury Bay area or on the Whitianga Waterways if applicable.
We work with Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel (in the adjacent yard), for any required engine repairs, re-powers or servicing work. Next up for the yard is the much-anticipated 50m sister ship to Big Fish, which is currently under construction. Doyle often collaborates with Southern Spars on producing optimised sail, mast and rig packages, and like them also works with all leading sailing yacht builders. Contact our expert boat builders to learn more about our wide range of services in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.

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