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Since the inception of Makocraft in 2005, the brand has become highly regarded in the boating industry and is renowned for its innovation created through over forty years of experience and customer input.

Owned and operated by Tim Stessl, a name synonymous with boating, Tim and the Stessl family having been producing boats since 1975 across several leading brands.

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, and owning his first tinny aged five, Tim is a passionate boat builder and seasoned boatie. After decades learning under the guidance of his father Alf, you'll be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable source when it comes to boats.

All Makocraft boats are designed and manufactured in Australia and are built for boaties, fisherman and families. Never compromising on materials or build, Makocraft pride themselves in delivering value for money boats, designed with safety, strength and longevity.

Along with his wife Sally, Tim operates Makocraft out of the Gold Coast and is continuing on the proud family legacy and tradition of building quality aluminium and fibrelgass boats with cutting edge design value for money. Tim's dream and vision is to continue building quality boats and one day pass the reigns to his son, Max, a third generation Stessl.


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Australian manufacturing has suffered in the face of increasing globalisation from the availability of efficiencies of scale from overseas manufacturers operating in larger markets.

A productive manufacturing sector is a critical component of a thriving economy. The viability and future success of Australian manufacturing, and the millions of jobs this sector supports, rely on national productivity and competitiveness.

Each and every Makocraft boat has been designed and manufactured in Australia, this is something we are proud of and passionately support. When you buy a Makocraft product, you are supporting the local economy, jobs and the viability of manufacturing in Australia.

When you buy Australian made products, it increases the benefits for our communities and strengthens our national interest.