The Westerberg family is now fourth generation Albanians. Professional fishing was the family business and out of necessity began building fishing boats to service their activities.
Such was the success of their purpose built fishing boats that soon other professional fishermen wanted Westerberg’s to build their boats too.
In 1977 Westerberg’s operated a smash repair business on the corner of Vine and Douglas Streets in Albany and a new product aluminium was being used with great success in boat building due to its corrosion resistance, strength and light weight. A new business was established with Mike Westerberg managing and Colin Westerberg designing. Cliff Simpson was employed by Westerberg Panel Beaters at this time, but took up the challenge of boat building and aluminium welding.
Initially tender boats were produced to service the strong mulie fishing fleet at the time, however soon the recreational fishermen recognized the superior design and strength of Westerberg aluminium boats and a new market was established.
The 1980’s were a very successful period for Westerberg Aluminium Boats, in 1988 they won boat of the year and by 1989 the business employed 18 people.
In 1990 the business moved to new premises at (Lot 5) 186 – 190 Princess Royal Drive Albany, where it still operates today.
The strong history of the Westerberg brand, together with the energy of our current boatbuilding team will ensure the future success of the business. This has been proven by Westerberg Aluminium Boats being awarded 2010 WA Boat of the Year – Aluminium under 6m.