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.

Built Boats is a family affair. To the right of the shot is Matt Gibson founder of Built Boats, and on the left Robert (Matts Dad). Some father and son time – plus enjoying the fishing 🎣 from the Tuff 540. #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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On the way back from the Nosies, shot out to the stern of the Tuff 540, loaded up with a chilly bin full of fish 🎣👌🏻 #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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Pulling up a snapper 🎣 from the fishing platform at the back of the Tuff 540 👌🏻 great day out fishing 😁#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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Early morning mission to the fishing grounds at Ahaaha Rocks 🎣 Criag Tea is at the helm and firing up the Honda 90 👌🏻 #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 being skippered by Craig Tea this weekend. On the way back from the Nosies we decided to take some running shots 👌🏻 #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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Front shot of the Tuff 540. We had Craig Tea at the helm for the day acting as the Captain 👌🏻 #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 great day out on the Hauraki Gulf 👌🏻 did anybody see us out on the water 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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Looking down on the Tuff 540 with its spacious deck namely for a 5.4m boat #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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Two years of R&D, structural engineering, and Naval Architecture has gone into perfecting the Tuff-plate™ Built Boat. End result an innovative, safe, functional, sea going boat, that differentiates to what is available on the market 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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Boat designer Matt Gibson standing by his brain child the Tuff 540 built from 15mm thick Tuff-plate™ Matt has 16 years of boat design experience, having worked on projects ranging from fishing boats, yacht tenders, paramilitary boats, power catamarans, and amphibious boats. #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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Snapshot of the back of the Built Boats Tuff 540 – featuring a rear fishing / casting platform, making the most of the internal 6.2m2 deck space 🎣 #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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Posing with the Tuff 540 📸
Built from 15mm thick Tuff-plate, which is black for a reason (carbon infused) 😮 including UV and marine growth inhibitors – best part all plates on this boat float, as the plate material is less dense then water 💧 while running through chop, Tuff-plate will adsorb shock, and smooth out the ride 👌🏻 our goal at built boats is to put technology in the hands of the 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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Exploring fishing the waters of Kawau Bay on the Built Boats Tuff 540 🎣 check out our website for more info builtboats.co.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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The Tuff 540 putting innovation in the hands of the fisherman, featuring a beach landing bow, that’s able to take a serious knock! 💪🏻 for more info on all the other differentiating features visit our new website builtboats.co.nz check out the website to find out more about the 15mm thick Tuff-plate™ material the Tuff 540 is made from #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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With 6.2m2 of internal deck room 😮 including an aft casting platform to maximise useable space 🎣 the Tuff 540 is packed with innovation for the fisherman – visit our ‘new’ website for more information builtboats.co.nz did I mention the gunwale can act as a seat, and the rear platform too! #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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Unveiled, the Built Boats Tuff 540 – built from 15mm Tuff-plate™ which in its raw form floats, is corrosion resistant, absorbs shock, light and strong, and can take a super hard knock without damage 💪🏻 The hull is filled with Red-cells 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 for reserve buoyancy, and also act as shock / dampening when combined with Tuff-plate™ these are just some of the unique features, for a boat that puts innovation in the hands of the fisherman 🎣 for more information visit our new website builtboats.co.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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Getting closer to the offical launching date on June 19 🚀 here’s a sneaky shot of the Built Boats Tuff 540 out on Aucklands Hauraki Gulf > it’s been allot of fun conducting the vigorous sea trails 🌊 This weekend with the help of ‘GT marine’ based in Kumeu, Auckland their tuning advice, and prop selection got the Tuff 540 slicing through the water at 30+ knots! 😮 for a 90hp Honda it’s certainly impressive 🤘🏻 big thanks to GT marine!! #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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Soon all will be revealed 😲 launching June 19 the Built Boats Tuff 540. Built from 15mm carbon infused Tuff-plate™ which is welded in a similar fashion to Aluminium plate boats. Tuff-plate™ absorbs shock, is impact resistant, is buoyant (floats) in raw material form, resists marine growth, and will not corrode, making it super tough 💪🏻 and durable for use in the marine environment. #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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Sunday Sea Trial> Testing out the new prop selection for the BF90 Honda on the Built Boats Tuff 540. This engine blows our expectations, we where able to cross the 30 knots mark today, in windy conditions with an incoming tide. Was great going full throttle through the wake of boats out today. 👌🏻 in summary love 💓 the Honda! 🤩 #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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Front on teaser shot > the Tuff 540 features a top side fender, that can be used to ‘fend off’ from objects, the fender material is buoyant, uv resistant, tough, and will act as a deflector for spray – making the tuff 540 a super ‘dry’ boat. The Tuff 540 has a deeper V then most boats in market, helping improve performance, and fuel economy- paid with the Tuff-plate™ that floats, and the wide horizontal chines for added lift underway. This means the boat rides higher out of the water at speed, with less wetted surface area on the hull (less drag) = less power more speed (for efficiency) 👌🏻this means you can stay out longer fishing and hunt down those top fishing spots 🐠 #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

Brands Onboard

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​