About Us


Teknicraft Design Ltd is a New Zealand registered company based in Auckland that supplies vessel designs to clients and boatyards worldwide.

Our design experience ranges from displacement type, multi-hulled vessels right through to very high speed catamarans with hydrofoil supportive systems. In between these extremes we have vast experience in semi-planing catamarans and mono-hull designs.

Teknicraft's commercial designs include Passenger Ferries, Crew Boats, Research Vessels, Patrol Craft, Eco-Tourism and Excursion Boats, as well as many other types of specialist workboat applications. On the recreational side, Teknicraft has produced designs for high speed leisure and fishing boats for many discerning clients.

Marine grade aluminium is used extensively in the structural design of our hulls and superstructures, but where an application requires enhanced performance Teknicraft will design vessels utilising the latest in composite fibre development and construction methods.

With well over 100 different designs currently in operation around the world, our vessels have proven to be an excellent balance between stability, low resistance and ride comfort over broad range of applications, especially when sea conditions deteriorate.

Nic de Waal, Graduate Engineer and Managing Director of Teknicraft, has more than 25 years experience in Naval Architecture and the design of custom vessels, often to meet some very unique requirements. Nic is an Associate Member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, based in London, England. Teknicraft Design is a member of the Marine Industries Association of New Zealand.

In keeping with modern design practices, all our designs are generated in 3D modeling software thereby ensuring that all components are constructed to the fine tolerances required for maximum efficiency and performance.

Teknicraft Design offers a complete design service that includes:
  • Design of powered vessels with regards to hull shape, hull construction, superstructure construction, stability, machinery, propulsion, mechanical systems, piping systems, aesthetical design, fit-out and interior and exterior arrangements.
  • Design and analysis of structural components.
  • Naval architecture, including stability manuals.
  • Obtaining plan approvals from Classification Societies and National Authorities.
  • Developing technical specifications.
  • 3D presentation and marketing images.
  • Negotiating tenders for construction from building yards.
  • Liaising with manufacturers of machinery, propulsion units and other systems.
  • Construction inspections and client representation.
  • Model-testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling and optimisation of hull shapes.