Boat Building - Opua, Bay Of Islands

With our extensive workshops located close to the international port of Opua, Bay Of Islands Marina and Boatyard, CMC Design is a great choice for all short or long-term boat works in the Bay Of Islands. 

CMC Design has an established team of in-house boat builders ready to take on both large and small-scale projects.  We specialise in timber restorations and alterations but are at home with any maintenance from teak decks to plumbing, fit-outs and replacement windows to a new dog house, we can make it happen.  Classic boats and modern vessels, power or sail.  With over 25 years boat building experience our expertise have gained an enviable reputation in the North for precise quality workmanship. 

We also provide full painting and varnishing services and offer digital design and CNC machining services ensuring that all your needs are met under one roof.

We work closely with some of the best in the industry and are happy to recommend specialists from upholstery to rigging. 

It is with pleasure that I write this testimonial on the new cabin sole recently installed by CMC designs on the sailing vessel Rapture. The old sole on the vessel was at its end and needed to be replaced. I hesitated to replace it because it involved a significant effort of time and money to rip it out of the boat and install durable replacement sole. Nevertheless, I contacted several contractors for estimates to replace the sole. I recall one contractor declined to provide a quotation after seeing what was involved to install the new sole. The quotations I did receive varied over a wide range. Because of the complexity of project I new that quotations on the low end had underestimated the scope of the project. I decided that paying more to have the work done right was money well spent. CMC Designs was clearly qualified and possessed the resources to take on the project and understood what it would involve to manufacture and install a new sole of top quality.  I could not be happier with the outcome of the new sole. I was greatly impressed by Craig, Nick and others at CMC Designs. The quality of their workmanship was outstanding.
Gregory Newman
SV Rapture 2021


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Classic boat restoration at its finest. Lady Crossley is a 1947 Colin Wild designed wooden launch that came to CMC Design needing a bit of TLC. Extensive restoration works for both the interior and exterior were completed to the highest exacting standards befitting of this beautiful boat.

Lady Crossley went on to win the best presented launch at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron 2017 with the award presented with a trophy by Peter Montgomery

'The end result a restoration to a standard that even the demanding Col Wild would have signed off on.

The attention to detail is amazing – check out the rope work on the control levels' - Alan Houghton - Waitemata Woodies Founder.


Commissioned in 1970 boat builder George McLean set about building a wooden 51 foot Lidguard designed Cutter for Frank Harding, to be called the Te Tainui.  

Commencing the build in 1971 the nearly decade long project was undertaken in his back yard at his Auckland property.

In 2017, CMC Design joined part of a larger team of specialists who commenced a lengthy restoration project to bring the Te Tainui into the modern world. CMC Design crafted the beautiful white oak joinery throughout the Te Tainui including the stately saloon table. The luxurious looking consoles were also built by CMC Design.