At First Water we have partnered with ANSYS to implement a seamless software system for the 3D design, engineering and manufacturing of boats and marine accessories. First Water's engineering services provide customers with the confidence that they will be getting into a safe, reliable and high performing boat at an affordable price.

Professional Engineering Services

Design - First Water offers mechanical engineering and design services for boats up to 25 feet long and marine accessories.  After a 3D CAD model is built we study things like hull efficiency (and in turn speed), stability, draft and assign Coast Guard weight limit ratings. Computer aided engineering allows us to simulate large numbers of designs without the expenses incurred when relying solely on physical prototyping and testing. 

Materials Engineering - Boat hulls and parts are built out of composite, metal and wood materials that are lightweight, stiff and durable enough to withstand harsh marine environments. First Water can select and engineer the materials to meet your specific needs. Whether you are looking for a skiff built to take a beating on the rocks of the Upper Madison or a power catamaran for running up and down rivers, we've got you covered.

Power Engineering - When it comes to propulsion, boats have a lot of options.  First Water's engineers can select, size and integrate a properly sized motor for your boat. We will make sure it is securely connected to the boat frame, electronics installed liquid tight and the motor is positioned to ensure a well balanced ride.

Looking for a new depth finder or want to integrate lights into your boat so you can throw out some mouse patterns under a full moon in search of that monster brown?  We can engineer and install marine grade systems using generators, inverters, battery banks and solar units depending on your application.


A realistic 3D rendered model helps boaters choose between different boat designs, colors and materials options.  A blueprint package is customized depending on your needs.  Templates can be printed actual size and shipped directly to you.  Digital CAD (for example .dwg, .iges) and pdf files options are also available. 


Contact Us today to schedule an introductory FREE consult meeting!

All results and blueprint plans are stamped by a professional engineer licensed in the state of Montana.

Option #1: Based on the project scope we will provide a complete bid that covers you from conception to launch day!

Option #2: Time plus materials.

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