Q-West Boat Builders New Zealand

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.

The City of Whanganui

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 47 metres
  • 200 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.


Q-West has a proven record in steel and aluminium marine construction and offer a quality driven service range which includes:

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