About the Bluefix team
Owner and Managing Director Brad Rowe is an experienced boat builder and together with his wife Charlotte established Bluefix Boatworks in 2009..
Brad’s passion is building and refitting boats to the highest possible standard and he believes it to be a privilege to build specialised boats that are finished immaculately.
Brad and Charlotte are keen fishermen and enjoy spending their pastime chasing billfish with their two children. They have grown Bluefix Boatworks to be one of New Zealand’s most reputable boat building facilities.
Here at Bluefix Boatworks we have a world class team, made up of some of New Zealand’s best boat builders, marine painters and engineers.
Our boat building team varies from extremely talented wooden boat builders to high end specialized composite boat builders and cabinet makers. We ensure that all boat building is completed to the owner’s specifications and requirements. We can complete your repairs, insurance work or refit requirements on the marina, on the hard, or inside our large facility in the Bay of Islands Boat Yard.
The Bluefix marine painting team is world renowned for superiority. From simple repairs of scratches and scrapes to full re-paints, every paint job that the team completes is of the best quality finish, with no compromises. We have a purpose-built spray booth on-site to ensure quality and use only the best materials and products to guarantee that our paint jobs will stand the test of time. We are extremely proud of every paint job that leaves the Bluefix facility.
Simon was the Co-Owner and Managing Director of Vaudrey Miller Yachts for 25 years and is a boat builder by trade. He has built over 50 boats, ranging from large motor yachts and sailing yachts to extremely highend superyacht tenders. Simon has also built multiple high performance and cruising catamarans including the Roger Hill designed ‘Rascal’ Catamaran. Simon project managed many vessels including the LOMOcean 63 metre fully infused carbon fibre trimaran which was built in Indonesia. He is a dedicated yachtsman, sailing competitively on a racing multihull and has completed many offshore passages.
Wendy is the General Manager at Bluefix and is in charge of the day to day running of the shed and boat yard. Wendy is a passionate and experienced boaty and was previously the crew chief on a large mothership and sportsfisher traveling offshore. Wendy is in charge of all invoicing and always knows exactly what is going on.
Tim is an experienced high-end boat builder and foreman. Tim completed his apprenticeship at Vaudrey Miller Yachts and was the leading hand for multiple superyacht tenders including tenders for Larry Alison’s ‘Rising Sun’ and Roman Abramovich’s ‘Eclipse’ tenders. He is a keen yachtsman and enjoys getting out on the water whenever he can! Tim has over 20 years experience in boat building and has been with Bluefix for 5 years as Foreman.
Head Marine Painter
Tony heads up the Bluefix marine painting team. He has over 30 years experience and he is unmatched in New Zealand. He spent 11 years as the head painter at Alloy Yachts working on superyachts and finishing them to the highest possible standards. He has painted some of the most beautiful superyachts in the world including the iconic J boat ‘Velsheda’ and ‘Kokomo’. Tony has travelled the world carrying out his trade to the highest level in Australia, Europe and Asia. Tony has been with Bluefix for 5 years and runs the painting team extremely efficiently and ensures every boat is finished to the owner’s exact specifications.
Leah is the Bluefix Store Manager and is in charge of all inwards and outwards goods. The storeroom is run with very strict systems and all goods go through Leah and our detailed software system ensuring accurate accounting for all materials. Leah has grown up around the water and boats and is a keen fisherwoman.
Kurt is the Bluefix Yard Team Manager and is responsible for all of our Marina and Yard work. Kurt completed his apprenticeship with Bluefix and is an incredibly valued member of the Bluefix team.
Cody is Bluefix’s lead apprentice. Cody heads up a team of 8 apprentices.
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