About Us
About Us

What’s special about 143 Boat Building

We offer a traditional shipwright skillset with a wide range of experience from the smallest dinghy to bulk carriers. We take pride in our work and every vessel that leaves the workshop is a reflection on us.

  • Hardstand hire available
  • Covered shed fits vessels up to 68 feet in length (yachts need to be de-mast)
  • We work on all boats including trailer boats, tinnies, yachts, jet skis (fibreglass, aluminium, timber, and steel)

We can help you with:

  • Rotted keels
  • Boat repair and accident damage
  • Insurance work
  • Project management on refit and restorations
  • Regular detailing work
  • Professional custom boat building

Whether it’s boat repair work, boat maintenance work, or a new boat build we guarantee:

  • Honesty and transparency
  • Quality workmanship with an emphasis on safety
  • All repair and building work is carried out by trained and experienced shipwrights
  • Quality products and proven processes

About the team at 143 Boat Building on the Gold Coast

Ryan Thacker (Owner)

Owner Ryan was trained in traditional and modern boat building at Cameron’s Marina in Balmain NSW. From there he went on to supervise numerous projects in both the naval sector and commercial boating sector Garden Island in Woolloomooloo before working for a major boat manufacturer. Ryan now operates his own business on the Gold Coast where he can also pursue his passion for building timber boats and keeping the traditional boat building methods alive.

Shannan Batey

Shannan trained at President Shipwright Services in NSW. After his apprenticeship he worked all over Australia from building brand new Sydney to Hobart sailing vessel, major refits, spray painting on superyachts, to installing weaponry on warships. With over 25 years’ experience across every facet of the trade Shannan is an expert shipwright no matter the size of your vessel.


Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Major structural repairs

Major structural repairs

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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Antifouling


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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Detailing


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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Timber & Fibreglass Repairs

Timber & Fibreglass Repairs

After more than a decade as a professional shipwright, timber and fibreglass repairs are something we have a lot of experience doing. We can fix holes,
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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Teak & Synthetic Decking

Teak & Synthetic Decking

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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Gel Coat & Paint Repairs

Gel Coat & Paint Repairs

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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Hull Re Sprays

Hull Re Sprays

Protect your boat with a new hull respray that will also make your boat look good and make it easier to clean. At 143 Boat Building, we offer professional
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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Refit & Restoration

Refit & Restoration

Our boat refit and restoration work is done by an experienced shipwright who has been trained in traditional and modern boat building.
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Boat Repair | Gold Coast | Bow Thruster Installs

Bow Thruster Installs

Anyone who has berthed a vessel in high winds knows how easy it can be to collide with another boat or object, even with the best of care and skill.
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