PUTTING INNOVATION
IN THE HANDS OF THE FISHERMAN

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BUILT FROM TUFF-PLATE

15mm-thick Tuff-plate™ specifically engineered to withstand the harsh marine environment. Unlike their aluminium counterparts, boats built from Tuff-plate™ will not corrode. An excellent boat-building material, Tuff-plate™ floats, resists harsh chemicals and marine growth, and has a carbon footprint approximately five times smaller than aluminium plate. The body of the Tuff 540 is filled with hundreds of so-called red cells—small, air-filled pockets that not only make the material shock and sound absorbant but also give it added buoyancy making  the vessel robust, quiet and unsinkable, thus ensuring an extremely smooth, soft, and safe experience that aluminium built boats won’t give you as they pound through the water. And, after a hard day’s fishing, there’s no need to hose her down because Tuff-plate™ built boats are not affected by saltwater, fish guts, and any of the other harsh chemicals you’re likely to encounter at sea. 

Large fwd hatch for anchor retrieval & fwd-end fishing

Large fwd hatch for anchor retrieval & fwd-end fishing

Full height pilothouse

Full height pilothouse

Ram bow design

Ram bow design

Rear fishing platform

Rear fishing platform

Multiple rod holders 

Multiple rod holders 

Wide gunnel (seating)

Wide gunnel (seating)

Side foam fenders

Side foam fenders

21 degree hull

21 degree hull

KEY FEATURES

Carbon Infused

Tuff-plate is infused with carbon making it black in color, light, and strong.

Smooth Riding

Gibson designed hull shape for a 'fast' smooth ride.

Corosion Resistant

Built from Tuff-plate the Tuff 540 hull, deck, and pilothouse will not corrode.

Red-cells

The Tuff 540 hull is filled with hundreds of air-filled balls for reserve buoyancy, and when combined with Tuff-plate provides shock absorption

Impact Resistant

The Tuff 540 hull, deck, and pilothouse is built from Tuff-plate and resistant to most impact.

15mm Thick

Tuff 540 is built using 15mm thick Tuff-plate. This provides plenty of protection when beaching.

Deep-V Hull

Deep-V hulls slice through waves as they enter the water, and do not pound along on top of the waves.

Deflective Fenders

D-section fenders make for a 'dry' boat as sea spray gets deflected. Also great for fending off objects, such as pylons.

Rear Fishing Flatform

The Tuff 540 features an aft fishing platform - fish standing or fish seated.

Extra Large Deck

The Tuff 540 features an extra large deck space for a 5.4m boat making fishing comfortable when several people are onboard.

Wide Chines

Provide extra lift when underway for more speed, and at rest act like pontoons for stability when at anchor.

Beach Landing Bow

The bow is designed Tuff making it perfect for beach landings. Semi-plumb bow for added performance.

WHY TUFF-PLATE?

IT floats

Tuff-plate™ is lighter than water with a density ranging from 900 – 970 kg/m3. Unlike the raw plate material Aluminum boats are built from – Tuff-plate™ in it’s raw form floats, this means the hull, deck, and pilothouse of the Tuff 540 floats.

SHOCK ABSORBANT

Tuff-plate™ absorbs shock, and vibration caused by the hull moving through chop. This makes for a ‘super’ smooth ride – especially when combined with Red-cells that have been tightly packed between in-hull voids under the deck.

CORROSION RESISTANT

Tuff-plate™ is corrosion resistant, and will not rust. Unlike Aluminium boats when salt air and salt water come into contact with Aluminium it can cause both the chalky, white coating of aluminium oxide and unpleasant pitting, and require protective coatings like Nyalic to stop corrosion.

IT'S ENGINEERED FOR THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Tuff-plate™ has been specially engineered for the marine environment. The raw plate material is infused with ultraviolet inhibitors such as ‘carbon’ – this also provides a barrier against marine growth, and makes for an ultra high density plate material – when it gets a knock, it doesn’t dent – rather goes back into it’s original form.

IT'S MARINE GROWTH RESISTANT

Tuff-plate™ was submersed in sea water for 18 months in Auckland Hauraki Gulf when pulled from the water Tuff-plate™ showed no signs of marine growth.

HASSLE FREE BOATING

Imagine a boat where you can come home after a day’s fishing and not need to worry about hosing down the hull – Actually there is, namely a boat built from Tuff-plate™ this material is not effected by most harsh chemicals, oils, fuel etc. We know for most Fisherman after a hard day out on the water they just want to flush the engine, and head inside for a beer – Tuff-plate™ built boats take the hassle out of boating.

THE TUFF 540

bUILT FOR the FISHERMAN
built tough | built for fishing

THE TUFF 540

The Tuff 540 hull design features a Deep-V 21 degree hull for a smoother ride, through chop. Typical 5.4m boats lack Deep-V hull technology making them ‘pound’. The Tuff 540 hull sits flat when moving through the water, and does not purpose compared to your typical Aluminum trailer boats. Wide chines provide stability at rest, this drastically decreases rock for a more enjoyable fishing experience at Anchor. The Hull design excludes a transom pod, which means the Hull continues all the way back to the transom, this adds more buoyancy aft for added stability, and longer water-line length.

SHOCK ABSORPTION | ADDED BUOYANCY CELLS

RED CELLS

The Hull of the Tuff 540 is filled with hundreds of Red-cells. Red-cells are air-filled and provide reserve buoyancy, making the Tuff 540 a safer boat. The underfloor compartments tightly packed with Red-cells provides shock absorption, this make for a softer ride compared to Aluminum boats. 

Below is an example of the internal structure below deck having been filled with red cells.

What a day for it, water temp at 19 degrees in the gulf 🤩 🎣 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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That’s the way, Dads chilling with his legs up and the boys out the back fishing like a pro 🎣 who’s taking there dad out fishing this upcoming Father’s Day? I know we will be. #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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So many great fishing spots in the Hauraki Gulf, here’s a snapshot to make our international fans jealous #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Who does like early morning sessions out on the water 👌🏻 first light, and fish on the chew – makes one realise how lucky we are to live in NZ 🤙🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Plenty of good spots around the Hauraki Gulf for beach landings 👌🏻 what’s your favourite beaching location? #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Built for Fishing, the Tuff 540 is packed with innovation for the Fisherman – no need to wash her down as Tuff-plate™ resists salt water, harsh chemicals, and is corrosion resistant – no need to apply Nyalic style coatings. #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Snazzy slow motion video of the Tuff 540 running around the waters of Kawau Island while navigating to the fishing ground – loving winter time fishing at the moment, how are you finding it? 🎣 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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The Tuff 540 designed and built by Built Boats New Zealand – Putting innovation in the hands of the Fisherman. Built from 15mm carbon infused Tuff-plate™ and a hull filled with Red-cells™ for shock absorption. Tuff-plate™ is corrosion resistant, has UV and marine growth inhibitors, and in its raw plate form floats – making the hull, deck, and pilothouse fully buoyant. #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Seat swivelled and locked into Fishing mode 👌🏻 the combination between the helm seating and wide gunwale – here is Susi showing you all how it’s done 🎣🤙🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Stopping for lunch on the Tuff 540 after a morning of fishing, our deck mate Jockey has his eye on the prize. The rear casting platform comes in handy especially for extra seating while having some down time 👌🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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The Tuff 540 making its way to the fishing grounds around Kawau Island, Built from carbon infused Tuff-plate™ at a thickness of 15mm to provide a rugged hull, deck and pilothouse – built tough for fisherman #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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A very low tide when launching at Sand Spit, trailer ended up off the concrete ramp – however we made the most of it. Here is young Cohen getting ready for a Monday fishing session at Kawau Island 👌🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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Chasing the work ups today on the Built Boats Tuff 540 👌🏻 let us know if you saw us out today 🎣 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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It’s a family tradition Matt Gibson founder of Built Boats in the Tuff 540 and his father the sailor – two generations of boaties parked up side my side 👌🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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The Tuff 540 lit up by the mornings sunrise, the team at Built Boats are looking forward to the weather window ahead – the weekends looking great for Fishing 🎣 we might see some of you out on the Hauraki Gulf as we are heading out to the nosies. #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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So you think your boats tough…. but has your boat got balls like this? 🔴🔴🔴 trademarked Red-cells™ these air-filled cells are hard packed between the Tuff-plate™ hull and deck plates – providing reserve buoyancy and Shock Absorption, this is something unique that cannot be replicated on Ali boats. While underway, this adds dampening when running through chop or coming off waves. Built Boats carry a decent set of balls 🔴👌🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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To all the Built Boats fans thank you for following us 👌🏻 we cant thank you enough for all the positive comments, including the photos you have been sharing with us when you spot the Tuff 540 out on the water 👍🏻 a massive appreciation to you all 😁 also a big thank you for those that have shared this page with their friends and family 🤙🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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The ladies love it 👌🏻 kick back on the aft platform #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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The Tuff 540 from the top down, built from 15mm Tuff-plate to fend off hard knocks and hits perfect for beach landings, fishing in the rocks, and those hard hitting waves underway 👌🏻 #builtboats #tuff540 #tuffplate #redcells #antisprayfender #rearfishingplatform #deepvhull #tuffplateboats #shockabsorbenthull #beachlandingbow #smoothridingboat #ruggedboat #toughboat #impactresistanthull #fishinginnovation #fishingnz #nzfishing #fishnz #nzoutdoors #fishingcommunitynz #fishingboatnz #nzfishingboats #newzealandfishing #huntingnz #nzhunting #boatnz #madeinnz #buynz #nzmade #buynzmade

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SPECIFICATIONS

Hull Length5.4m
Overall Length5.6m
Beam2.2m
Hull Thickness15mm
Side Thickness15mm
Dry Weight1090kg
Fuel Tank100L
Hull Deadrise21 Degree

FEATURES

  • Constructed from Tuff-plate
  • Hull filled with Red-cells.
  • Shock absorbant hull, and deck.
  • Rear fishing platform.
  • Side Anti-spray fenders.
  • Deep-V hull.
  • Beach landing bow.
  • Wide Chines.
  • 6.2m2 of internal deck space.
  • Anti-pounding Hull.
  • Integrated transom well.
  • Aesthetics for a tough look.
  • 1100GPH Bilge pump
  • 2 X USB outlets
  • Battery Voltage readout
  • Bow roller
  • Anchor, rope and chain
  • Foam side, and front fenders
  • Spray deflection upper fender chine
  • Cup holders
  • Grab rails - bow, side and stern
  • Cup holders
  • Cable steering non feedback
  • 8 Way backlit switch panel
  • U-dek Foam Flooring
  • Anchor locker
  • Large forward tinted hatch
  • Side storage shelves
  • Deck grip
  • Black Finish for Paramilitary Look
  • Fishing transom with boarding platform
  • Battery box, isolation switch
  • Fuel filter and fuel line

MARINE ELECTRONICS

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ABOUT US

Matt Gibson founded Built Boats in 2016. Back in 2005, after his graduation from Massey Universities with a degree in Boat Design, Gibson set out on a mission to become an influential boat designer and eventually started his own boat building business. With his great grandfather a former deep-sea fisherman and his father obsessed with sailing, Matt has fishing  and seafaring in his blood—and both have had a huge influence on his design process. Before founding Build Boat, Matt’s boat building career included 15 years of experience as a lead designer for numerous new boat builds—everything from fishing boats and super yachts to amphibious and  military craft.

Industry Association Member

Built Boats are members of the New Zealand marine industry association

Proudly New Zealand Made

Built Boats is license holder of the iconic New Zealand made trademark.

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Phone: + 64 21 423 851
Address: 28a Roseberry Avenue, Birkenhead, Auckland​