Industry leading craftsmen with a lifetime of nautical and boat building experience have combined to create a unique team of passionate individuals. They are dedicated to creating the ultimate in pleasure boats, they live and breathe Herley Boats and are bringing you the very best in function and design.
Classic style combined with modern engineering create a vessel that brings the magic of being on the ocean. Blending confidence inspiring safety, superior performance and construction quality with a look that is timeless. The craft we deliver are incomparable to anything you will find on the market, we pride ourselves on being the industry leaders.
The Herley Mission
To re-define boating by building New Zealand’s most innovative, superior quality aluminium boats that lead the way in safety, strength, comfort and performance design, while investing in research and development to achieve a sustainable business model for future generations.
After years of experience at Sea on a multitude of vessels from Navy frigates to commercial fishing boats Sean Kelly has vast experience in what a well rounded, and good performing hull should do. He has decided to take this knowledge and put it into the Herley boats hull design. With three goals in mind Sean and and Nick Herd sat down to discuss how to achieve these goals.
Great Ocean-Going Capabilities
Stable at rest & underway
These characteristics are achieved from the very front of the boat, ‘The plumb bow’, the entry point for the entire vessel. It is sharp at the bottom and swells out at the sheer line, The sharp entry parts the water with ease, while the fullness at the sheer provides a dry ride. The other benefits of the bow is the added waterline length, this gives you greater efficiency through the water, and due to the action of the bow the hull doesn’t require a ‘deep V’ giving the hull a natural stability.
The thumping and often air-born nature of most aluminium hulls is not present in the Herley hull, Keeping the bow in the water and making it do the work for you rather than jumping from wave to wave the hull stays in contact with the water and breaks the waves as you get to them to form a semi ‘wave-piercing’ action over than having waves break under your feet at the helm minimizing the harsh characteristics that lead to a back aching ride.
Everyone involved in the build process of a Herley boat has a single goal. to build the best boats possible. No corners are cut, no shortcuts made to speed things up. Mass production is not our aim, we take pride in every element that goes into each build. All components are modelled in 3D engineering software prior to production to ensure an exact fit, each item is CNC router or water jet cut, dependent on desired outcome. Machining is completed and then our skilled fabricators build to a set of client/vessel specific plans.
Paint systems used are equivalent to super-yacht coatings to give the highest standard of finish. Then the craft are moved to our fit-out facility to be completed. Each vessel is sea trialled prior to delivery to ensure a stress free boating experience.