Design Fees, Stock Plans & Royalties

Designer Hourly Fee:

Starting from NZD120 / hour (excl. GST)


Costs of Custom Plans:

For a vessel around 12mtr / 40ft; depending on the scope of the required documentation, approximately 5-8% of the cost of a professionally built vessel. For smaller boats it will likely be a higher percentage and for larger boats it may be a smaller percentage.


Costs of Stock Plans:

A 'stock plan' is an off-the-shelf design. Generally one or more boats already have been built from these plans, so it's a proven concept so to speak. If one of our stockplan designs suits your needs, you may be building in a matter of weeks. We will be digging through our archives and adding more designs to the list below in time. For costs of our stock plans, see table below.


About our (stock) plans and the way we make information available to our clients:

  • All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). Orders within New Zealand are subject to GST of 15%.
  • Plan prices are subject to change without notice. Check our website for the latest updates.
  • Purchasing a stock plan for the indicated stock plan price will allow the construction of 1 (one) boat only. Additional vessels to be built are subject to a royalty payment equal to the plan prices quoted here.
  • Exclusive and series building license rights of a design can be arranged for certain regions or countries. This will be more expensive and conditions will apply regarding a required amount of boats to be produced within a certain timeframe. Contact us if you are interested in such an arrangement.
  • Stock plans are ‘as is’ – Changes and customisation will be quoted separately and based on the hourly fee above.
  • Studyplans can be purchased for the client to get a better idea of the design. Also generally the studyplans provide enough information to get quotes from builders and suppliers. When you buy a full set of plans after having purchased the studyplans, the studyplan costs will be deducted from the price of the full plans.
  • For our stockplans we typically have CNC cutfile information. It doesn't mean that a design can only be build by using the available CNC cutfile information. For some designs we also offer a 'plans only' option. This way you save costs on a the CNC package however you have to add a consideral amount of building hours and probably you will need more material in the end. A CNC package comes with an efficient nesting which highly reduces the amount of material waste. For DIY projects the 'plans only' option can still be attractive as your building hours generally don't have to be paid for. When you plan to have the vessel build professionally however, we strongly recommend to use the CNC information.
  • We typically communicate CNC information directly with cutting companies (we can help you find one if you need). Clients can then acquire the actual materials directly from the cutting company. For regular returning clients we are willing to look in different arrangements.
  • Shipping of hardcopy plans (typically one full set) is included in the price for Australia and New Zealand. Elsewhere add NZD50 for the full working drawing packages.


What do you get when you order plan information from Manta Marine Design

Study Plans (detailed information for getting quotations from builders):

Format: Digital (PDF/JPG), hardcopy on request only (printing and handling costs apply)
Typical included information:

  • General Arrangement
  • Interior Arrangement
  • Sail Plan
  • Deck Plan
  • Typical Construction Sections w/ estimated material quantities
  • 3D Renderings (if Available)

Working Plan Packages:

Format: Digital (PDF/JPG) or hardcopy on request
Typical included information (varying with the type of vessel):

  • Hull Lines Plan
  • Deck Lines Plan
  • Sail and Rig Plan
  • Deck Arrangement Plan
  • Interior Arrangement (Plan and Inboard Profile)
  • Joinery Sections
  • Construction Plan (typically several sheets per design)
  • Rudder Construction
  • Engine bed arrangement
  • Anchor and mooring information
  • Welding Schedule
  • Miscellaneous Details