One not so fine day in May a strong storm hit Taupo from the southeast and with the resulting winds of over 60 knots our yacht broke it's mooring and grounded suffering significant damage including breaking the keel off and smashing the rudder, plus other superficial damage. No small event on a 28ft craft weighing around 4 tonne.

We first contacted the insurers and then Joe dale boat builders. Joe was at the site of the damaged boat with the salvor within a hour and had all our belongings off the yacht within 24 hours.

The ensuing repair returned to us a boat that was, in my opinion, better than before the accident. The Auckland based assessor was greatly impressed with the professionalism of approach and competitive price given by the Dales, and both Mr. Dale senior and Joe kept us fully in the picture throughout the process. At the yard I was welcome to do jobs on the boat while it was on the hard. Even after our yacht was back in the water Joe was available to sort out the small teething problems that inevitably occur with a relaunch.

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.

Best Regards,

Ross and Kay Palmer,
Owners of the yacht Hot Prospect

After too many years of thinking I could not afford it, or saying ‘it can wait one more year!’ I finally took the plunge to do a full refurbishment of the hull of our 30 foot yacht. I contacted Joe Dale to see if he would be interested, and from my initial meeting with Joe I never looked back.

From delivering our yacht to Joe’s yard, emailing him with the necessary specific work to do complete that was in addition to the general refurbishment and arranging a collection date, nothing was too big for Joe’s and his team to handle. Joe was there to cater for our needs from dropping the boat off to him at the slipway to having the boat ready to go at the end. Being from out of town, this ability to offer seamless customer service was outstanding.

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
Chameleon (Noelex 30) Auckland

Joe Dale at Dale Boat Builders of Taupo has carried out a variety of work on our 9m launch 'Delray' since we purchased and had her transported to the Great Lake in 2010. This includes installing a large blackwater tank, replacing worn or damaged fittings such as hatches and window latches, as well as general repairs and maintenance.

Living some distance from the marina would normally make it a challenge to organise for annual work such as general repairs, engine and stern leg maintenance, antifouling, cut & polishing, electrical work and any cosmetic painting and repairs. Joe has made this simple and hassle-free, providing options and pricing, making all the haul out arrangements, recommending and liaising with local firms for their services in conjunction with any work he is carrying out on Delray.

We would recommend Dale Boat Builders to anyone needing repairs, maintenance or upgrade work on their boat.

Paul and AnaMaria
MV Delray