We are passionate about boating and all aspects of being out on the water.
We are enthusiastic boat builders who would love to be involved in building your dream vessel.
Quality products and highly-skilled workmanship from some of Queensland’s best.
Boats carefully designed and incorporating exactly what keen and professional Sportsfisherman need.
Shipwright, Chris Headley has been fortunate enough to have been able to blend his true passion with his career in the world of Boat Building. Growing up North of London his childhood was dominated by family sailing trips with 'sailing bug' going back several generations. Memories of building boats in his lounge room at the age of 14yrs old with his Father tell for funny stories to tell his own children. And were not talking about model boats, full size fiberglass catamaran's.
At sixteen he moved South to Portsmouth where he passed his 4 year Apprenticeship at the very well known, Westerly Yachts with flying colours! By the time Chris reached his 22nd birthday he was ready to move from Portsmith to The South of France and get a taste of the World of The 'White Boats' that he had been hearing about.
In no time Chris's reputation as a talented, humble and efficient Tradesman got around and he had more work than could have asked for. This constant flow of business and the satisfaction of working on such amazing and prestigious vessels kept Chris there for 8 years.
In 1997 Chris moved to Australia with his Australian Fiancé Juliet. Landing in Sydney his first taste of Boat Building in Australia was in Nowra at Bashfords (aka as Sydney Yachts). Taking a working holiday up the East coast doing stints at Lloyds in Brisbane and the landing an exciting gig finishing the build on the well-known Game Fishing boat 'Reel Chase' in Townsville.
Settling in Cairns, CJH Yachts has now been successfully operating since 1999. Chris still enjoys the variety that Boat Building brings with repairs to Old Traditional boats and the constant learning process of keeping up with the times and technologies of working with composite materials, the creation of fine and precise cabinetry work, and the laying of teak decks.
All of these qualities were all rolled into a huge 3 year project of designing and building the brand new CJH 26' Sportsfisher launched in October 2009. Chris' creation has turned many heads and has placed him as a well-respected Shipwright and designer. There are many more ideas where they came from and no doubt there will be a fleet of other designs hitting the market after Chris has fine-tuned them to perfection as well.
In the meantime all our staff and subcontractors are busy doing the important job of keeping all our local and visiting boats in top nick!
Peter Seymour is now in his 3rd year and will be qualified in January 2019. Our eldest son Lachlan Headley and Jack Gray are both flying into their first year of their apprenticeship! Very proud of our next generation of Shipwrights coming through!
We also have two great Marine Carpenters, Chris Braisted and Daniel Smith both working extremely hard with huge variety of experience between them.This is an exciting time for us.We have now moved into our brand new premises in Woree which is going to help us expand and broaden our business to cater for new builds and continue with all our refit and repairs.
We are always keeping an eye out for more young and inspired youngsters who also have a passion for the trade and industry.