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Formosa Marine is an Australian owned company, designing and building aluminium boats since 1998. Their mission has been to advance their boats with plate hull construction to handle the Australian environment, yet keep them affordable without skimping on quality and strength. Introducing the New Formosa SRT Plate Hull which combines the very best from Formosa’s SEA-ROD and Tomahawk brands, packaging them into one skillfully engineered plate boat and rebranded as Formosa SRT.

The Formosa aluminium boats are designed and built in Lytton, Brisbane and are known for their strength, stability and versatility. Formosa Marine are the most innovative in aluminium boat design in Australia, working closely with customers and dealers to ensure you receive the best in hull design, functionality and value. Each hull has the same engineering specifications, so you can be assured that you will receive plate boat construction and a spacious layout regardless of the size or model selected from the largest range of plate boats on the market.

Visit the Reviews and News page or the Facebook Page for the latest in developments, boat reviews and customer experiences. Here are just some reviews from customers:

“Our family is absolutely in love with our new 580 Tomahawk Center Cab. The whole process of ordering our boat was outstanding. We were fortunate enough to get a tour of the factory and see what goes into the build of a Formosa. The engineering is top notch and gave us great confidence in our purchase. The team at Formosa delt directly with (us) in regards to outrigger bases we had fitted and they have turned out exactly how I wanted. The fit and finish is very high standard. The ride and handling is fantastic. The Formosa bow catch on the trailer works a treat. She’s a real head turner at the ramp that i can see will serve us well for many years to come.”
– Wayne

“I own a 550 Tomahawk centre console powered by a 150hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Such a great boat I have kept it for just over 4 seasons which is about twice as long as any other of the 20 plus boats I have owned. I love this boat so much that my next boat will be the 550 or 580… Well made and strong design, this boat is stable at rest and eats the chop. Turns a lot of heads where ever I go…”

From a woman’s point of view my 455 side console sea-rod is by far the best boat. I got mine for Christmas 2 years ago and have been to the Northern Territory gulf several times. Easy to drive and handles rivers and open sea perfectly. Love my boat and my husband for buying it for me.”
– Kathy

“… Let me tell you that Formosa built me my dream boat. The hard top was the first of the kind and it turned out brilliant. From day one to delivery there were no issues. The quality of the work is of very high standard down to the actual build to the fit out. Strongly recommend Formosa if you are a serious fisho like me…”

Customers First

Formosa Marine’s central focus and commitment have always been customer satisfaction and service. They work closely with their dealers and directly with customers to ensure they receive the boat of their dreams. The development of Formosa Marine boats and their operations has always been driven by the desire to design great boats and meet customer demand; not focusing on what others in the marine industry are doing.


Customers demand quality, and with a Formosa boat you won’t be disappointed. Formosa Marine’s team of Welders, Fabricators and Fitout Specialists have been specifically trained and supported in their roles, in turn they take great pride in the production of the boats. Firstly, quality boat features and options are designed and manufactured inhouse, otherwise quality products (mainly for fitout) are sourced from marine industry specialists. Enhancements are always being made, however minor; be assured though, Formosa Marine never skimps on quality!


Formosa Marine works hard to offer the best product and service possible. The advancement of the boats focusses on the strength, safety, quality and performance, yet keeping them within an affordable price range. Early days saw their boats being tested in the most remote areas of Australia to ensure boats were developed to handle all environments.


Formosa Marine began in 1998 to satisfy the simple need to design and fabricate, hence why there is a long history of development that will continue into the future.

With the above company values and ever increasing brand recognition, Formosa Marine has become a thriving business achieving an impressive growth over recent years. Since the beginning, the business has moved as production increased and today they own their shed in Lytton, Brisbane; a testament of their dedication to producing quality, safety and performance in aluminium plate boat manufacturing.

Enormous fish caught on a Formosa Centre Console


1998    Formosa Marine Pty Ltd became a registered business in aluminium pressed boats.

1998    Developed the strength and range of Formosa Marine aluminium pressed boats to handle the Australian environment.

2006    Classic range developed with plate quality design, converting to a 4mm bottom and
3mm side hull as standard which allowed for a modern flat side.

2007    New hull construction technique introduced featuring fully welded floor, ribs and longitudinal hull structure.

2009    Introduction of an entirely new hull design; the Tomahawk range was developed to meet customer demand for self-draining decks. Enhanced reputation as a builder of “Quality build, Ultimate Performance” boats.

2011    MK3 Classic released with a new hull on the Classic range. Based on the now popular Tomahawk hull which included the reverse chine hull, fastback transom and raised sheer line which improved performance, comfort and practicality.

2011    SEA-ROD by Formosa Marine brand designed and manufactured to meet the demand for a water ballast hull design for extra stability at rest.

2014    MK4 Classic released with 4mm sides and the Tomahawk rib structure as standard.

2016    V2 Hull design introduced with an improved deadrise, trim range, extra floor structure, extra side pockets, the Formosa designed bow-roller and Tow-Catch™.

2016    Standard features and optional extras were evaluated, improved on where needed and new designs were added to meet demand such as the new Hard Top options.

2016    SEA-ROD Active Transom development.

2016    Re-branded Tomahawk to the Tomahawk Offshore and the Classic range is now known as the Tomahawk Classic.

2016    SEA-ROD Active Transom released and marketed.

2016    New 700 Offshore added to the Centre Console, Half Cabin and Centre Cabin models.

2016    New 480 Offshore added to the Centre Console, Side Console, Territory and Runabout models.

2016    X Bowrider designed and released at the Sydney boat show end of July.

2017    New Offshore 740 Cabin ‘Fully Enclosed Cabin’ Hard Top, Sydney Boat Show release.

2018    Formosa Marine turned 20 years old! In celebration, all boat graphics had a revamp, each boat order with a Bait Board and Bait Tank received a free Railblaza gift and the exclusive 20th Anniversary emblem.

2018    New ‘Enclosed Cabin with Lockable Roller Door’ Hard Top option for Cabin models, sizes 580 to 740, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show release.

2019    Launch of the Formosa SRT™ Plate Hull with the Formosa SRT PRO DECK™ and innovative Quad4™ Water Ballast. The Vision Cab model and the BOSS Centre Console design also released at the Brisbane Boat Show.

2020    Focused on product development. New Centre Cabin design with a wider cabin and new Hull Graphics / Decals.