Wanted: A Boatbuilder with a good reputation for steelwork.

After visiting the yard and seeing current work in progress, the Holtzemer’s chose Johnson Yachts for the build. Perfect steelwork was required to meet the high standards required by the clients.

The Holtzemers rented a house near Pine Harbour during construction, allowing hands on time with the Johnson Yachts team to massage and implement the finer details of construction and customisation. The project went on to became a joint venture between the Holtzemers and Johnson Yachts International.

Generous space for everything

Teddi Bear has many features you’d find in a traditional home – A kitchen with a 4 burner gas top, oven, dishwasher and fridge-freezers, a living and dining area featuring full-size home style furnishings and dining table, and the lounge containing a full-size fireplace.

Wide stairwells with handrails lead to the multi window Pilothouse and decks, while large King sized beds and Shoji screens feature in the Master and Guest Bedrooms.

The master stateroom was built in the hull in what is usually the cargo hold and workshop area on a traditional Coaster.

A 2 ton hydraulic crane allows the 3,800lb VW Golf to be hoisted and stored on the forward cargo deck along with a 14ft Stabi Craft tender overhead. An additional platform on the upperdeck serves as the helicopter pad.


"…John emailed us to say that where ever they go with their fine vessel they receive huge numbers of compliments about the very high standard of construction a finish their boat has. Many good offers to buy the boat have been received by the Holtzemers, who as you can imagine are not willing to sell. http://johnsonyachts.co.nz/55-florida-bay-coaster/But they are very satisfied customers who are spreading the good word about the boat building industry in New Zealand "

Fishing Coast to Coast NZ – Aug 2008 via Altex Coatings

Build Summary

Started in 2004 and launched in 2006 ready for it’s journey north to Columbia and Alaska. It features a steel hull with walnut interior.


Length Overall


Fuel Capacity
Water Capacity

50 tons (approx).
2 x 120hp Westerbekes

7-7.5 kts Cruise

3,000 USG
1,500 USG