About Us

Dale Boatbuilders was established in Taupo in 1976 by Bernie, who had actually been building boats here since 1966. Since taking over in the 90s, Joe has grown the business from a one-man operation, to employing a team of workers able to cover all your marine and fibre glass needs.

Our Services

Boat Repairs & Maintenance

We specialise in high quality repairs ranging from: Collision holes, Scratches and cracks, Rotten transoms and floors, Window re-sealing and replacements, Repaints, Restorations of your old faithful

Automotive Repairs

Automotive Repairs

We’re not all about boats! Car and truck fibreglass parts are our game too: Spoilers, Wheel arch flares, Truck cabs and Horse floats

Recreational Vehicle Repair

Recreational Vehicles

Our workshop is now handling increasing numbers of motorhome and caravan repairs and refits. Most of these vehicles have fibreglass bodies. We have an almost constant stream of work involving interior refits now: Crash damage, Water leaks, Interior refits and RV appliances

Jet Skis & Water Toys

We can fix and repair them all: Jet Skis, SUPs, Surfboards, Sailboards, Kite Boards, Water Skis and Wake Boards

Boat Alterations, Refits & New Builds

If you own a boat that you love, we can make it even better adding features like: Boarding platforms, Auto anchoring systems, Gensets for your 240 volt needs, Solar Panels, Hull extensions and Teak Decking

Boat Grooming

Boat Grooming

With boats spending almost their entire lives outside they need regular, thorough cleaning - including a cut and polish. We can make your boat showroom fresh.

Yacht Rigging

Yacht Rigging & Sails

Utilising Joe’s lifelong experience in yachting, as well as his past life as a sailmaker, we are experts in all things to do with sailboats. We can: Arrange an inspection of your rig, check your sails, advise on how to make everything operate more smoothly. Agents for most leading chandlery suppliers and sailmakers

New Technology

New Technology

At Dale Boatbuilders we keep up with new technology being developed in the composite world. These techniques require their own specialised resins and fabrics: Vacuum Bagging, Prepreg, Vacuum Resin Infusion, New Fabrics eg. carbon fibre and basalt fibre

ABC Storage

Automobile, Boat Caravan/Camper storage

Dale Boat Builders Taupo, here to help!

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Examples of Recent Work


Rotten transoms.

This is quite a common problem in older boats, but don't despair they can be repaired!


Ready to go.

Repaired and even better than new using modern materials!


Damage to front of caravan

Damage caused by a road accident at the start of summer holidays



All repaired so that the holidays could still go ahead!


Hole in One Pontoon

Taupo tourist attraction needed redecking after many years of use


Redecked and ready

After the new deck and holes complete with sand bunkers were completed, it was towed back out and anchored in position


"Living some distance from the marina would normally make it a challenge to organise for annual work ... Joe has made this simple and hassle-free."

Paul and AnaMaria

"I was impressed with the finished product, seamless completion and value for money. I have no hesitation in referring Joe and his team and will definitely be a repeat customer in the future."

Matt Skilton

"To say we are satisfied would be an understatement and we would have no hesitation in recommending The Joe Dale boatyard for any marine work either large or small."

Ross and Kay Palmer

Our Partner

Dale Boat Builders are pleased to introduce you to our new initiative – ABC Storage. We now offer secure undercover storage for all your boats and vehicles. Whether you want to keep your boat, caravan or motorhome protected during the cooler months, or your garage or driveway doesn’t provide enough space for your vehicle, our storage options provide a simple solution. Undercover storage helps to keep your boat or vehicle clean, dry and out of the weather, giving you peace of mind. ABC Storage is also perfect for prestige, vintage and classic cars and motorbikes. The indoor facility provides a dry, clean and secure environment.