Clever Fox Projects Ltd specialises in composite engineering of marine and non-marine products. We also provide more general naval architecture support services such as stability analysis and component design and we are recognised by Maritime New Zealand to provide Design Approval for commercial vessels.

How we can assist you

Composite engineering / laminate design

Do you need a smarter, more cost effective laminate? Or would you like a lighter, stronger boat?

We can provide laminate specifications to meet your priorities of cost, weight, strength and stiffness. With previous boat building experience as well as plenty of ocean miles, you will benefit from a more practical approach to composite design. Recent projects include 5m runabouts to 20m sailing yachts and sport fishers to carbon helicopters.

Keels and rudders

Whether for a new boat or a retrofit to keep your existing yacht competitive, we can assist you with rudder, keel fin and associated hull structure. For those sailing offshore or who just need to keep their paperwork complete for insurance, we provide a design summary letter outlining the design standards and a statement of Fit For Purpose with every keel design. If you need a design review of your keel construction to participate in offshore racing please give us a call.

Marine structures

Do you need a davit, swim platform or sun awning retrofitted to your boat? We have experience in composite and metal structures from simple carbon boarding ladders to lifting platforms for tourist vessels.

Support services

We do not engage in yacht design in house but would be happy to introduce you to one of our many design partners. We do offer a range of naval architecture support services such as inclining experiments, stability analysis, weight studies and design reviews.

Design for manufacture

Much of the cost of boat building is locked in at the design stage. With careful laminate selection and special attention to construction details we can assist you to minimise the labour and material cost of your new boat. If you are a production builder you already know how critical it is for the design to consider the manufacturing process not just the final product. Let us assist you to design in all the efficiency you can from the outset.

Production processes

Many financial and operational gains can be made from adopting lean production processes. A small amount of effort in planning, pre-cutting or even kitset will return benefits in throughput, lead time and labour management. Please discuss with us your current production constraints and we will help you resolve them.

Design approval for New Zealand Safe Ship Management

Are you planning to use you vessel commercially in New Zealand? All vessels entering Safe Ship Management for the first time need design approval and construction survey. If you already have a design and are ready to get underway with design approval or if you are not familiar with the process and need some direction, please give me a call.

NZDF 9.3m Response Vessel

NZDF 9.3m Response Vessel


Clever Fox Projects in association with SGS Ltd completed a comprehensive design review of this New Zealand Defence Force 9.3m Response Catamaran. Designed by Coast Design Naval Architecture this vessel is able to be deployed anywhere in the world after a natural disaster to assist in clearing a harbour for larger aid ships or to help directly in the search and recovery operations. Clever Fox Projects did not only assess the vessel structure for standard navigating stresses and strains but also for deployment from a larger New Zealand Navy ship and transportation by the New Zealand Air Force.