We are a team of 5 members who are all passionate about the outdoors and fishing. Our boats are the result of a combination of all of our years of build and designing experience as well as our team’s personal experience with using boats. We strive to constantly provide the best owners and the best build experience that we possibly can.

Boatings in our DNA!!


Jason Elvines, DNA Boats’ managing director and founder is passionate about building and designing aluminium boats. It is part of his DNA.

Jason grew up enjoying the great outdoors of New Zealand and its amazing fishing and hunting.

To get started Jason built a small boat for his personal use and then ended up selling it to a friend. Then he built another one making changes to the design during the process and before long somebody saw the boat and wanted to buy it. That started the early phases of DNA Boats. At age 21, in 2006, he completed his apprenticeship and launched Ace Engineering NZ Ltd and started to engineer and manufacture boats. Two years later he launched the DNA brand in 2008. Currently, the company employs five full-time production employees and Jason is hands-on in both the production and design side of the business, along with the sales role with Melissa, his wife.


CAD design gives the ability to move forward quickly putting the new aluminium boats of DNA’s ahead of the competition.

It also provides endless options to create both unique and modern concept boats.

Jason Elvines developed a practical design approach after spending many long hours on water analysis and on the computer developing the standardized hull design elements for DNA boats. There are no compromises made, a thorough design approach has achieved soft riding and well-balanced boats.

With Jason building boats for several years on the floor, and staff members who had boat building backgrounds providing input meant they were able to come together and perfect their strength qualities and manufacturing techniques on each hull that they produce.

Jason created an integral hull framing system using CNC cut interlocking full-length full depth frames that create a rigid dependable system that the entire DNA alloy boat line has adopted.

Computer design allows the boats to be tested and studied, in-depth while they are in the 3D model stage, which allows the boats to be completely customized with input from you, without going through the expense of building a boat first and then needing to change later.

That along with profile cut CNC boats result in fine tolerances along with well balanced and perfectly symmetrical boats.


The desire we have to always strive to achieve the ideal balance of space, soft dry ride, and stability has led us to develop our most recent creation, which is our hull alloy X series pontoon boat.

Making a wide boat was the first thing that we addressed. The key element in doing that was achieving extra bean that didn’t require additional horsepower for pushing a wider surface through the water. To do that we added tapering turned chines down the hull, which allow us to step out the pontoon further for an increased internal beam, that also meant our pontoons were lifted slightly so that no drag in the water was caused after planning.

These tapering chines can deal better with spray deflection since they have a nice flowing curve to them with a downturn that is more aggressive than what had been achieved in the past by only relying on pontoons for the job. This makes the ride much drier as well since spray gets thrown further away from the boat and in a downward direction, where it is less likely that the wind will pick it up and then throw it back at you.

The ride benefits as well, since the chines act as a shock absorber which traps a cushion of air underneath when they land, which reduces the impact of the pontoon chambers’ buoyant nature.


Pontoon designs are very unique given that they taper in the direction of the bow, which is a hard feature to manufacture. However, computer design makes it easier, which according to Jason is a feature that makes them smarter boats since at rest the pontoons towards the front stay out of the water and only serve the purpose of providing flotation when swamped. Taper pontoons are designed so that sufficient reserve buoyancy is retained.

That also allows for a more comfortable, smoother ride due to there not being a large bulky mass that has to try punching through the waves. This creates a more streamlined and sleeker appearance.

There are pontoons with sealed tread plate floors and ones with individual airtight chambers. They are all pressure tested up to 5 psi, which creates a boat that is virtually unsinkable.


Full flat floors are featured on our X series pontoon hulls, which means the hull do not have any angular sections past the edge of the floor where the pontoon join meets it. A toe space is also featured on our hills where you hook your feet under the pontoon to give you an improved grip stance and allow you to stand near to the edge so that you don’t need to lean out so far before your upper legs come into contact with the gunnels.


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