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Design & Safety

The design of the Tideways was more an evolution than a single design process. The first Tideway originally called the Walker 12 was first built in wood in the 1950’s and was refined and improved over nearly 40 years until finally being committed to paper in 1992 the date of the first boats built with glassfibre hulls. The 14ft and 10ft boats have a similar pedigree and again were first made in glassfibre in the 1990’s.

The shape of all the boats makes them stable and good in a seaway as you would expect from their East Coast working boat origins. The proportions shape and obvious strength with style means the general appearance of a Tideway stands out as a traditional seaworthy and practical boat in the classic day boat mould. Tideways are boats that are always noticed.

Tideway’s are strong stable and safe boats to use and sail and are all equipped with proper buoyancy tanks and/or bags and reefing systems as standard. The rig is well balanced allowing the boat to lie head to wind if all sheets and tiller are “free”.

All the boats are approved under the relevant Craft Safety Directive Category C (which means approved for use on estuary waters and at sea ) for the 12ft and 14ft boats and D (for inland waters) for the 10 and are Certificated as such.

Build & Finish

All Tideways are built by skilled craftsmen – experienced in wood and glassfibre – to a high standard. They are built individually for customers who want a boat that is strong and enduring.

Tideway’s are built to the highest quality of moulding wood building and finishing and the varnishing is also to the same high quality standard – the result being a beautiful well equipped and durable boat to own which will be great fun to sail. She will look good for many many years with a reasonable level of maintenance.

The glassfibre hulls are robust and good looking with their clinker hulls, whilst all timber work is carried out by A. Riva and Son Shipwrights.

The centre and aft thwart, all supporting knees, the centreboard case top, side benches and transom pad are all solid mahogany, the gunwales have an ash inlay and are copper riveted with the roves showing on the inside and plugged on the outside as a traditional wooden build, for the fordeck model a top quality plywood is used (mahogany through-out) the floorboards are in douglas fir as are the spars. With another specialist in the team putting on the gloss finish, with a high build, hard wearing varnish.

The level of equipment supplied means that the boats are ready for the water, to sail or row and even fenders and a cover are included. Extras are therefore limited to voluntary items not essential to safely sail the boats such as trailers and outboard brackets.

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Special Requirements

The specification and finish of our boats is clearly laid out in writing and available to purchasers and we prefer that you see a boat as close as possible to the one in which you are interested before agreeing to buy. If you cannot make a visit to the boat yard to see a boat we will endeavour to find an existing owner at a convenient location who you can visit to see a boat or at least talk to an owner about the boats and sailing them.

With the timber fit out carried out by A. Riva and Son Shipwrights,if you have any special requirements or ideas we are happy to talk about them.

Delivery & Commissioning

All Tideways are built by skilled craftsmen – experienced in wood and glassfibre – to a high standard. They are built individually for customers who want a boat that is strong and enduring.

Tideway’s are built to the highest quality of moulding wood building and finishing and the varnishing is also to the same high quality standard – the result being a beautiful well equipped and durable boat to own which will be great fun to sail. She will look good for many many years with a reasonable level of maintenance.

The glassfibre hulls are robust and good looking with their clinker hulls, whilst all timber work is carried out by A. Riva and Son Shipwrights.

The centre and aft thwart, all supporting knees, the centreboard case top, side benches and transom pad are all solid mahogany, the gunwales have an ash inlay and are copper riveted with the roves showing on the inside and plugged on the outside as a traditional wooden build, for the fordeck model a top quality plywood is used (mahogany through-out) the floorboards are in douglas fir as are the spars. With another specialist in the team putting on the gloss finish, with a high build, hard wearing varnish.

The level of equipment supplied means that the boats are ready for the water, to sail or row and even fenders and a cover are included. Extras are therefore limited to voluntary items not essential to safely sail the boats such as trailers and outboard brackets.

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