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Qualified Shipwright Ryan Thacker Introduces 143 BOAT BUILDING

Owning and maintaining a boat is a big investment, from trailer boats to commercial vessels and everything in between. Whether you are an old hand or new to the boating world, getting the right advice and service will not only help you get out on the water faster but could also save you money – now and in the long run.

At 143 Boat Building we understand both the time and budget constraints our customers face, and aim to provide accurate costings, timeframes and recommendations with a focus on preventative maintenance. Helmed by qualified shipwright Ryan Thacker, 143 Boat Building has been operating at The Boat Works for the past four years. Recently relocating to Shed G5 at The Boat Works, we continue to help locals and visitors with everything from mechanical, engineering, boat detailing, boat repair and building custom boats. Ryan has extensive industry experience, undertaking his apprenticeship in Balmain, building traditional timber vessels and performing general recreational boat repairs, moving on to fabrication of 50′ production vessels and repairing Australian Naval and commercial ships, before relocating to Queensland.

143 Boat Building has recently welcomed onboard Trent Burgess, an engineer and marine mechanic with 17 years of experience in the industry. In the last 12 months, Trent has undertaken numerous projects including engine rebuilds, new engine installations, bearing replacements, and major mechanical servicing on several vessels.

In addition to mechanical services, 143 Boat Building also has a wide range of Australian-made quality marine lubricants in stock at competitive prices for the savvy DIY engine maintenance owner. Trent can help you select the right oil, with most oils exceeding manufacturers’ specifications, to keep your engine running smoothly for years to come.

Ryan and his team of experienced shipwrights and engineers provide maintenance and a wide range of repair services for vessels of all sizes. We offer tailored solutions to any boating needs and budget. With a diverse skills set behind our team, our services include traditional timber boat repair, major structural repairs, antifouling including propspeed, teak and synthetic teak decking, fibreglass repairs, full refit capabilities, new builds, engine servicing and engineering. If you need a one-stop-shop, 143 Boat Building are your team to get you back on the water.

143 Boat Building has also recently expanded by taking on a Torqeedo dealership, providing efficient low-environmental impact outboards from 1 to 80hp. Torqeedo manufacture the world’s most advanced electric propulsion systems, offering outboards and inboards, electric motors, and hybrid drive systems ranging from 1 to 80 hp. With a dedicated showroom due to unveil in November, stop by and see the Torqeedo range.

It is our goal to get owners back out onto the water and at a reasonable cost. The following testimonial captures the principles that we strive for:

“What impressed me so much, apart from Ryan’s obvious total honesty, is that he took the time to look for the simplest solution rather than the worst and most expensive. It is so reassuring to know that there are still honest tradies out there, especially in the boating world where it is so easy for us to be ripped off. I cannot recommend 143 Boat Building highly enough. Ryan has a lifelong customer in me.”

-David – Reinell Bowrider

 To find out more about 143 Boat Building, contact Ryan on 0451 229 247, check our socials, or visit our website at


Published in print October-December 2021


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