Apprentice Boat Builder

As an apprentice boat builder you will learn how to build high quality boats such as yachts, catamarans and powerboats. You will most likely work in marinas and sheds with materials such as fiberglass, timber steel and concrete.

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What the job looks like
Salary expectation
starts at $50,000 up to $50,000+
The good
  • Building an impressive product and seeing it on the water
  • Working in beautiful locations
  • Being able to drive and work on expensive luxury boats
  • Learning how to handle boats such as sailing and docking
  • Potential to work around the world
The not so good
  • Working outdoors in difficult weather conditions
  • Working on toilets

As a boat builder you could work all kinds of designs from fishing boats to luxury yachts.

As an apprentice you will learn skills such as building the internal structure and fit outs which include plumbing, engineering, interior design, deck fittings and engine installation.

You will need good maths skills as building requires accurate measurements.

Good literacy skills are also important to understand and follow design plans. Talking to colleagues, managers and customs are also a big part of the job so work on your communication skills.

Boat building might be an ideal career if you are creative, efficient, responsible and have a love of boats and the water.

The best part is driving customers around in multi-million dollar boats!


Pathways to this career

Subject suggestions for the HSC

Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.

HSC subjects 

Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.

What can I do after I have finished school?

Courses and qualifications 

Courses and qualifications can give you a great start.


Check out Boating Industry Association of NSW for more information

  • Start making models as a hobby to learn patience and attention to detail
  • Build up a basic knowledge of boats by reading sailing books and magazines. Pay attention to brands and different designs
  • If you know someone with a boat, ask to go out with them for first-hand experience on the water
  • Look around for places that offer boat building apprenticeships
  • Go to career expos to find out more information about boat building courses