Nick Herd1
Brendon Wood1

Sean Kelly

Nick Herd

Brendon Wood


Sean grew up around boats.  At the age of six he first crossed the harbor where he grew up in an 8 foot dinghy with a seagull outboard.  At age 8 he built his first boat by cutting a canoe frame in half to make a catamaran, covering it with wire mesh and tar and used his grandmother’s shower curtain for a sail.

At 10 years old Sean got his first holiday job at the local boat shop where he began learning to repair old Mercury and Chrysler outboards.  Sean’s love of fishing and diving in the Bay of Plenty region lured him to increase the size of his boats and at 13 years old he ventured to White Island in a 13 foot wooden vessel trolling for marlin and yellowfin tuna.
Shortly after turning 17, Sean left his home and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy where he sailed the world and completed an apprenticeship in fitting, electrics, and electronics.  At the end of 6 years in the Navy Sean left to further pursue his passion of boats and the sea.  His career included commercial fishing, boat building, boat brokerage, and engineering.
Some highlights of Sean’s career were Chief Engineer aboard Sir Peter Blake’s “Seamaster” and the founding of the company Western Work Boats Ltd.
Sean’s qualifications are New Zealand Offshore Master STCW95, Marine Engineer Class III, NZCE III, and Divemaster.
Sean brings to Herley Boats a wealth of commercial experience on the water, and has operated scores of aluminum vessels himself on the water as well as building, repairing, and maintaining them.  This commercial knowledge is one of the key differences to Herley’s design capability, and fundamental to the safety, efficiency, and longevity of these fine craft.
General Manager / Lead Designer

After Nick finished university studying Design he decided he wanted to follow his passion for boats after spending many hours on the water with his family, fishing, cruising, fishing, sailing and fishing. After talking with local boat builders and design companies he decided that the best way to accomplish this goal was to first learn how to be a boat builder, understand the materials you work with, and the problems the marine environment creates. Nick got an apprenticeship in Auckland and completed his time as a composite and timber boat builder, purposefully working in a small yard so he could get his hands into everything, construction, paint, and fit-out.

An opportunity found Nick move south and start working in the design office of Fitzroy Yachts, were he spent years learning from some of the best boat builders in the country. Nick admired every detail of these boats and the forethought and execution that went into each aspect of the vessel. From the design office Nick moved back out onto the shop floor, as production manager overseeing vessels from 30 meters through to 50 meters. As the superyacht industry started to dry up in New Zealand his career moved into the smaller trailer boats and pleasure craft in both roles of design and Production Management. With these roles came even more chances to get out on the water and experience his own products first hand. Rain or shine Nick could be found out on the water, with his family whom share his love of the sea and boating, whenever possible.

The experience Nick brings from shop floor through to end user and the high end finished result on all vessels he has worked on add great value to the team at Herley boats.

Lead Boat Builder

Brendon grew up on the Catlins coast where most families were directly involved with primary industries.

After leaving school and working for a general engineer and logging contractor he decided to travel and find out what other parts of New Zealand and the world had to offer. Discovering abroad how highly regarded the New Zealand boat building industry was he decided to come home and try his hand at boat building. Picking up an apprenticeship  with Lazercraft boats in Dunedin and then moving to the Bay of Plenty to be involved with AMF boats in Mt Maunganui. 

Learning custom building techniques to compliment his production boat building skills. Having to diversify from boat building during an economic down turn  Brendon began working for Sean in 2012 as an engineer,modifying and setting up his work vessels for all types of marine contracting jobs.

Brendon has a New Zealand national certificate Alloy Boat Building level 4.

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