Boat Building - Opua, Bay Of Islands

With our extensive workshops located closely 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. 

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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.