About Us


 Our tradesmen have a vast range of knowledge and the accompanying skills to back it up. From traditional methods to the latest in composite construction we can cater to any owner’s needs. 


 We pride ourselves on customer service. After all, the customer is who enables us to pursue our passion and we love customers who are as passionate about boats as we are. 


 Honesty and Integrity are a couple of our core values. Potential pitfalls and likelihood of growth work come attached to every quote. If we think we are unable to provide the best service within your requirements, we will let you know. 


 We always strive to remain competitive on price. Customers often comment on how much they're saving when they accept our quote. See if we can help you today and check out our current special offers from time to time for even more savings. 


 We guarantee our work because we do it right. From complex showpieces to the simplest of repairs. Done right the first time, every time. 


 Looking for a solution but don't know where to start? Let us tailor a solution for you from start to finish. From a custom refit to vitalize your vessel to installation of aftermarket and custom components. 

Our Team

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. 

What We Can Do For You

What’s special about 143 Boat Building?

 We offer a traditional shipwright skill set 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 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