Australian boat manufacturer Yamba Welding & Engineering (YWE) are delighted to confirm the finalisation of their acquisition of leading maritime design company Naiad Design. A New Zealand company, Naiad Design is globally renowned for its range of tough, dependable, high performance rigid hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) which are built under licence around the world for recreational, commercial and law enforcement customers. The acquisition was completed on March 31st 2020.  

YWE and Naiad Design confirmed that collaborations with their International and Domestic licenced builders will remain unchanged and that the Naiad support team will remain located in Picton, New Zealand.

YWE and Naiad Design have enjoyed a constructive, collaborative and highly successful business partnership since 2011 and are very much looking forward to continuing to expand their global footprints, deepen relationships with their global network of licensees, and further explore innovative synergies between the businesses. In Australia, the new partnership will be officially known as Naiad International Pty Ltd, and in New Zealand it will be known as Naiad New Zealand Limited.

YWE was established in 1974, by Bill Collingburn in the Northern NSW coastal town of Yamba.  YWE’s unwavering dedication to their loyal customers and uncompromising commitment to quality has seen the business grow from strength to strength.  YWE is proud to have cemented its roots in the local beachside community, with the employment of over 36 staff and an extensive network of local supply chain partners.

For further information contact:

Kathie Clarke
Yamba Welding & Engineering Pty Ltd
Phone +61 (447) 459-121


Yamba Welding & Engineering (YWE) was founded in 1974 by Bill Collingburn and family in the picturesque regional town of Yamba in Northern NSW.

YWE started from humble beginnings in a garage building fishing boats and then expanding in 1980 to new premises in the Industrial Estate.  YWE developed the Pro Punt® which was successful with oyster farmers and later with NSW & QLD SES.

Leading up 2003, YWE built over 400 fire appliances for the NSW Rural Fire Service, British Aerospace and a number of other agencies as well as building Pro Punts® and other fishing and recreational vessels.

A major turning point for the company was in 2003 when YWE acquired Queensland Ships, building a range of recreational and commercial vessels with the registered trademark designs of Ocean Cylinder® and Pacific SportFish®. YWE acquired the intellectual property and client list from this company paving the way for multiple Government contracts with varying designs of vessels and thus allowing it to expand its staff numbers by nearly 60%.    

In 2010 YWE partnered with Naiad Design in New Zealand to exclusively build Naiad vessels throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Pacific Islands and for Australian Commonwealth Departments.  This further allowed YWE to increase its staff numbers, including apprentices. 

YWE has a particular expertise in aluminium welding & fabrication. The Company has a reputation Australia wide and overseas for quality products and is noted for its practical and innovative design work and the ability to utilise technology to meet user needs.  Working under a QA system since 1997, Third Party Certified to AS / NZS ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas.

YWE’s major clients include:

  • Marine Rescue NSW
  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue QLD
  • Roads & Maritime Services NSW
  • Department of Primary Industry NSW
  • NSW, QLD & NT Police
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Australian Border Force
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Maritime Safety QLD
  • OK Tedi Mines
  • State Emergency Services NSW & QLD
  • Fire & Emergency Services QLD
  • QLD National Parks
  • Surf Life Saving NT
  • Currently working with Leidos on a Royal Australian Navy Project.
YWE believes it should invest in the future of the industry and has done for over 45 years, currently hosting 11 apprentices.

YWE provides skillsets second to none with its highly trained specialised aluminium welders and fabricators.  YWE’s welding staff are certified by a Welding Supervisor under WTIA to Weld Category B AS1665 – 2004 (1.6.3).  YWE upskills its welding staff as required to suit the requirements for any projects.

The whole build process from fabrication and fit out to engineering and sea trials is carried out in house by YWE and their sub-contractors.


Here at Yamba Welding & Engineering we strive to make sure that you are completely satisfied with each step we take in building the perfect boat for you and we are happy to customise our plans to meet your needs.


We will meet with you to ensure we know exactly what it is you are looking for.  We want to be sure we understand your needs and supply the vessel to your specifications and requirements.


After we have spoken to you about your boat, our designers will then go about putting your vision on paper.  Once this stage is complete, we will have the design to build the boat to your exact specifications.


Next we will schedule your job into our production schedule.  Regular progress photos of the build will be sent to you and you will be encouraged to visit our workshop during the build.


After sea trials are finalised and you are completely satisfied with the build, we can arrange for delivery of your vessel if required.