Pride in the product, innovation and commitment to quality is the formula for success behind New Zealand-based international boat manufacturer, Rayglass Boats. Since 1985, Rayglass Boats has grown to become New Zealand’s top performing boat builder and one of the country’s fastest-growing exporter. The Auckland-based company manufactures a range of work and leisure boats including the Legend, Cruisemaster, and PROTECTOR.
Rayglass stamps its mark on a highly competitive trailer boat market, raising the benchmark on quality standards through a combination of design innovation, manufacturing, presentation and detailing.
Rayglass PROTECTOR manufactures a range of rigid hulled inflatable boats, from 22’ to 46’, which are designed to excel in the harshest open sea conditions.
With a 75 member staff roll, two manufacturing sites, and an R&D plant, the company develops its boats through a process of constant innovation and close relationships. These relationships extend to boat owners all over the world and the partners with whom Rayglass has built successful joint ventures in other countries.
The PROTECTOR reputation for excellence in design, construction, performance and detail is the result of a total commitment by everyone at Rayglass to quality. “Our boats are the product of exhaustive research and development to constantly improve the designs, ride, seaworthiness and all round family comfort.” explains CEO, Dave Larsen. “Exceptional on the water performance can only come from the utmost attention to quality and performance. The results of this focus can be found in any PROTECTOR boat, as many owners will happily endorse.”
Some of the most widely recognized endorsements of Rayglass’ performance has come from the organizers and participants of the world’s most prestigious yacht races – the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup – who have, for the third time, chosen a fleet of PROTECTOR boats for on-water patrol, VIP transportation and umpiring vessels. Many America’s Cup syndicates have also selected PROTECTOR boats to use as their official tenders for both races.
“Rayglass reached this level through the absolute commitment and belief in the product by every staff member and partner all over the world,” says Tony Hembrow, founder of Rayglass Boats. “Our people work with us, not for us and contribute all the way from the production line to our international distributors. The success of our company can be summed up in one word – pride. In our minds, no-one builds better boats.”