Ltd offer both wooden boats and stock steel, although most are steel. They come from the designs of the late Denis Ganley. Denis was a leading yacht designer from New Zealand who specialized in designing yachts aimed at both the amateur and professional builder.
The reason for designing mostly in steel is that many of these designs were intended for offshore and serious coastal cruising. Thus, they provide the best in strength and safety. There are over 1,000 of these Ganley designs either sailing or under construction today around the world. Denis Ganley received many accolades during his 35 year career. He won the 1986 Steel Award for Best Consumer Product with the Pacemaker 40 design (a first for these awards). Many of his designs have also successfully competed in various regattas and many other events. Sadly, Denis and his wife, Philomena, were killed in a car accident in the South Island in 1997, but his designs live on.