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CMA Aluminium Boat Builders and Alloy Boat Builders

“Our aluminium boat building services can assist you with all your new build requirements.”

Our team of fully qualified boat builders are also certified aluminium welders. We have years of experience in aluminium construction of recreational, commercial and private vessels and have worked with a range of various designs.

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COMMERCIAL MARINE AUSTRALIA: Australian Made Aluminium Boats

With revenues of over four billion dollars per year and employing more than 22,000 people, the Australian maritime industry is one of the largest in the world.

This is not surprising given the mighty size of Australia’s diverse and attractive coastline and this has led to Australia being a world leader in the supply of all kinds of marine watercraft, including fishing and recreational boats, defence, patrol, ferry and commercial vessels. Highly workable and versatile aluminium is increasingly becoming the material of choice for new boats.

Sheer Quality

Australian made yachts, pleasure boats, patrol boats and superyachts have rightfully earned Australia a reputation for fantastic innovation, diversity and sheer quality. We can rightfully claim to have some of the best designers, engineers and craftsmen in the world: we are among the leaders for supplying the world with first-class products and when it comes to building aluminium boats Australia is proving to be a world leader and Commercial Marine Australia (CMA) can rightfully claim a place among the international heavyweights, with a proud history of producing excellent quality boats.

With Australia’s total marine exports in excess of $1.2billion and three recent international trade deals signed, the Australian boat building market is looking forward to a boom.

CMA are part of a successful market

Coupled with Australia’s excellent reputation internationally, CMA are part of a growing and increasingly profitable and successful market.

As the CEO of AIMEX said recently

Australian brands and companies are recognised the world over for their ‘can do’ attitude and exceptional ability to deliver on promises.

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    Australian Made Yachts

    have rightfully earned Australia a reputation for fantastic innovation, diversity and sheer quality.

    I am pleased to offer this testimony to the skills and knowledge of Ainslie & Justin, I first met these two tradesmen when they were building fast ferries in Brisbane and I convinced their boss to build a Superyacht for me.These guys were instrumental in the construction of a high speed 100 footer. During the build Ainslie & Justin came over to work directly for us where they started work on our second Superyacht which was one of the largest ever built in Australia.They also played leadership roles during the build of six high speed patrol boats we delivered to the Singapore special forces. I have always admired their work ethic and positive attitude to problem solving which is part of any build and I can testify to their boat building and engineering skills, which have been honed over the 16 years I have known them and I would not hesitate to engage them to build my next boat.

    Barry Moore, Patriot Marine & Australian Motor Yachts

    Part of this expected boom in Australia’s marine industry comes from more and more yachts exploring our wonderful coastline.

    Queensland in particular has emerged as one of today’s most sought after superyacht destinations. The international boating fraternity are also increasingly aware of our superb reputation for repair, refit and maintenance services. CMA are an aluminium boat builder Brisbane expects to be an increasingly active player in providing these services.


    Commercial Marine Australia Are Part Of This Great Tradition

    Being specialist aluminium boat builders and expert in successfully completing detailed and customer focussed project management for the design, construction, repowering, refitting and repairing of all types of aluminium boats. We have over fifty years combined experience of building custom commercial vessels, in-class survey and special purpose boats, fishing boats and both small and superyacht pleasure craft. We take pride in being one of the leading aluminium boat builders in Queensland.

    We design, engineer, build, modify and project-manage the production of your vessel exactly to your specific requirements. We have a 600 tonne travel lift, secure lockup facility and a team of talented aluminium fabrication specialists and design engineers. Our welders are all fully certified to NSCV AS/NZS1665:2004, DNVGL and Lloyds Register for all classes of vessels.

    Commercial Marine Australia have successfully completed projects as aluminium boat manufacturers in Australia and also internationally. Our engineering and design teams are happy to work with your chosen designer or will complete your aluminium boat project for you, on time and within budget. Commercial Marine Australia fully understands the importance of finishing a project when time and deadlines are critical.


    We are also firm believers in the Three “R”s of boat building and maintenance:


    Updating, maintaining or altering your drive line.

    • Increase Motor Turbine Unit (MTU) size or manufacturer change: Yanmar, Cummings, etc.
    • Stern gear arrangement upgrades.
    • New installations.
    • System modifications and alterations


    Modernising your vessel with the latest technologies and styling.

    • Changing the operation of your vessel. e.g. NSCV-Lloyds Register.
    • Layout changes, for example, a dive-boat to a passenger transfer vessel.
    • Remodelling of both interior and exterior.
    • Structural modifications, extensions, access walkways, flying bridges.


    Scheduled survey works or Accident Insurance repairs.

    • Scheduled surveys.
    • Corrosion repair and renew.
    • Hull replacement.
    • Accident insurance repairs.

    Starting in the business when they were just fifteen years old, the founders of CMA, Justin Taylor and Ainslie Pankhurst, have over fifty years combined experience as aluminium boat builders. Brisbane, the base of their operations, is from where the two partners continue to pursue their passion for creating elegant, safe and practical boats to fully satisfy the discerning requirements of their customers.

    Aluminium Boat Manufacturers Australia

    CMA’s aluminium boat manufacturer’s design and engineering team and our highly experienced and certified aluminium specialist welders have considerable experience in the production of aluminium boats for sale, whether for recreational, commercial, special purpose or private vessels, these include,

    • New builds from 5 meters to 50 meters.
    • All aluminium fabrication and construction.
    • Project management, Owner’s Representative, Build Supervision.
    • Consultancy and training both in Australia and internationally.
    • Compliance with detailed specifications and international certifications.
    • Special purpose builds, military, professional and rescue.

    Marine Engineering

    Our Marine Engineering team work closely with our clients in the production, repair or maintenance of:

    • Ride control and stabilizing systems.
    • Hydraulics, steering, davits, dive platforms.
    • Hot and cold water systems, desalination systems, grey and black water control systems.
    • Bilge systems, both manual and electric.
    • Fuel systems, fuel treatment and transfer.

    Starting in the business when they were just fifteen years old, the founders of CMA, Justin Taylor and Ainslie Pankhurst, have over fifty years combined experience as aluminium boat builders. Brisbane, the base of their operations, is from where the two partners continue to pursue their passion for creating elegant, safe and practical boats to fully satisfy the discerning requirements of their customers.

    CMA’s design and engineering staff have came from successful positions in shipbuilding, commercial vessel construction, project management, and marine engineering. Their experience as aluminium boat builders ensures that we are constantly up-to-date with the latest advances in aluminium boat building technology and always compliant with new regulations and certifications. It also ensures that we have an excellent idea of effective and innovative solutions to offer our customers.

    Ordering and watching the construction of a superyacht is an exciting time and choosing the right aluminium boat manufacturers to make your yacht a reality is critical. There should be a free, honest and open exchange of information, with the designers and builders listening very carefully to the owner’s wishes and offering advice that will enhance and improve the whole concept. The huge experience that Justin and Ainslie can offer will ensure an owner will receive a boat that not only meets, but exceeds their requirements.

    Advantages of Aluminium Construction

    Aluminium is strong yet light, being around 30% lighter than steel, and is very robust and durable. It is also easy to repair and maintain.

    Aluminium hulls and superstructures have exceptional strength and resistance to wear and can take a good deal of pounding. This makes them an ideal choice for the rigors and severe stresses of blue-water cruising.

    Aluminium is easy to work using power tools, as well as being easily shaped and dressed. It is also easy and quick to weld and form, which will save time and money during the build process. Because of this ease of welding and forming an aluminium boat can have more detailing and therefore can offer the chance to add “character”.

    Aluminium construction offers a boat builder great flexibility in the construction process because the alloy is easy to work and shape. Modifications can be welded securely in place which means an aluminium boat is more easily adapted to the specific needs of an owner, especially when modifying an existing boat’s layout or superstructure. Damaged parts can easily be removed and replaced and superficial damage or denting can be beaten out, again making them easier to repair.

    Aluminium delivers a significant performance benefit, as well as additional cost savings because a smaller, less powerful engine can be used to achieve the required performance. Aluminium hulls offer less resistance when travelling through water, saving both the power requirement and using less fuel, making them more economical to run. A distinct safety advantage is that aluminium does not readily burn and therefore will not act as fuel for a fire.

    Aluminium also offers excellent corrosion resistance, giving an aluminium boat a much longer service life. Little maintenance is required and aluminium has a high resistance to corrosion and structural fatigue because of its good tensile properties.

    Aluminium hulls only require painting below the waterline or where there is continual contact with sea water. Bare aluminium in air will form an oxide coating that creates a protective barrier and will stop the metal from corroding, this generates a large cost-saving.

    Aluminium boats are renowned for keeping their sell-on value. Their excellent corrosion resistance means they do not “wear out” or suffer deterioration. Because of the minimal maintenance required, aluminium boats cause very little secondary pollution and the metal is also fully recyclable when a boat finally reaches the end of its serviceable life.

    By choosing aluminium as your material of choice you will be joining a growing number of well-informed and very well satisfied owners. You will be able easily to make repairs and modifications to your boat, after all, it is only through using a boat that we get good ideas for improvements and wouldn’t it be good to put them into practice without lengthy and costly work having to be done?

    Commercial Marine Australia: Services

    CMA, with the wise and experienced leadership of Justin Taylor and Ainslie Pankhurst, can ensure your boat will be built and will perform exactly or in excess of the design objectives. Whether this is for a whale-watching boat that requires a deck layout that ensures all passengers can be at the rail and enjoy the thrill of being so close to those gentle giants, or whether it is a fast patrol boat for use by Special Forces. Each design always has its own challenges and the combined experience of Justin, Ainslie and their team of engineers and certified craftsmen will manage your project on time, on budget and will fulfil all objectives.

    CMA have many years experience of successful aluminium boat construction of recreational, commercial and private vessels. We offer all aluminium fabrication and construction new builds from 5 meters to 50 meters: whale-watchers, commercial fishing and fishing tour boats, special purpose boats, and commercial ferry boats. Just let us know your requirements and we will happily work closely with you to successfully build a boat that will give many years of problem free service and provide you with an excellent return on your investment.

    We are also happy to offer a comprehensive maintenance program, including scheduled surveys, to keep your investment working at peak performance. CMA are able to provide a single base solution for all your modification, maintenance and repair requirements. In addition to our recognised skills in working with aluminium, we can also repair the many other systems that make up a modern boat, including:

    • Ride control and stabilizing systems.
    • Hydraulics, steering, davits, dive platforms.
    • Hot and cold water including desalination systems.
    • Bilge systems. Manual or electric.
    • Fuel systems, treatment and transfer.
    • Engine upgrades, changes or repairs.
    • Stern-gear arrangement modifications.
    • Major structural repairs, modifications and maintenance.
    • Layout modifications that can change a boat’s purpose, for example, from a dive-boat to a passenger transfer vessel.
    • Interior and exterior remodelling/refitting.

    We also offer complete project management and owner’s representative services, both here in Australia and internationally, as well as consultancy and training within Australia and internationally.

    So whatever is your requirement, a new build, refurbishment or change of purpose, our team of highly qualified and experienced engineers and certified craftsmen have the skills required. Everyone in our close-knit team has a comprehensive knowledge of the marine industry, with many of them coming to us from senior positions in shipbuilding, commercial vessel construction, project management, and marine engineering. CMA actively monitors the marine business to ensure that we are completely up-to-date with current trends in design, safety and certification requirements.