Winter Maintenance

Winter Survival for Seawards

Long though the summer lasted, it appears that winter is definitely here.  While winter boating has it’s charms, our boats get used that bit less at this time of year and the temperature and the damp can be detrimental.  There are lots of things that we can do to help our little ships during this inclement period.

Click the link below to take a look at our ‘Winter Survival Guide’ for Seawards.

Winterization

 

Cruisers Available From Seaward Boats Brokerage

Cruisers Available From Seaward Boats Brokerage

 

Seaward Brokerage

At Seaward we not only build boats, but have a brokerage department offering a selection of previously owned Seaward Nelson yachts for sale. Our brokers are all ABYA qualified and provide a complete personal service from start to finish. We are ready to help and advise whether you want to buy or sell a Seaward.

We can also help with spares, repairs, servicing, valeting, and our Seaward Sea School instructors are available for sea trials and to collect and deliver your boat if required. Our RYA instructors  also offer a range of powerboat courses right up to advanced level aboard your own boat if preferred to give you and your family the confidence to make the most of your time afloat.

 

We presently have available the Seaward 23 Corsair on brokerage. She is only on the market because the present owner is retiring from boating, and makes the perfect weekend coastal runabout for two or a young family. Built in 1987, Corsair is constructed of GRP with teak joinery, and fitted with twin 50hp BMW engines with 898 hours on the clock. Hummingbird fish finder, Garmin 128 GPS, a two-year-old VHF radio transceiver, galley cooker with a grill and two burners, hot and cold water, and more. All this for just £19,950. Corsair will make a great winter project.

 

Another Seaward 25 is Nau II which is a very smart twin-screw motor cruiser built in 2004.  Her twin 3-cylinder Yanmar 100 hp engines have 440 hours and were removed recently for a deep engine service when the trim tab system was also replaced. The hull wood trim has been stripped and revarnished and her bottom has been freshly anti-fouled. Nau II has Hurth hydraulic gearboxes driving twin 4-blade contra-rotating propellers, together with twin cast bronze rudders fitted. There is a long list of extras and she is offered at £61,000 including VAT.

Salty Sea Dog Orders New Seaward 25

Salty Sea Dog orders New Seaward 25

The latest order for a Seaward 25 is from a discerning motor boater from Scotland called Eddie. Having found motor boats a little unsettling in the past, Eddie didn’t just roll over, but was careful to sea trial the Seaward 25 in Ruff conditions near the Hound buoy.  On the trip Eddie checked the all round visibility and the vital ‘nose out of the window’ access as well as the overall comfort of the boat.

 

 

 

Eddie’s owners were quite clear that Eddie would make the final decision based on his reaction to the seakeeping qualities of the 25.  Eddie was clearly an experienced Sea Dog who knows when a boat is right.  Having made the decision to go ahead, Eddie put together a list of extras including the stereo, which comes with woofers and sub woofers and a comfy bench seat for taking the Dog Watch.  We wish Eddie and family happy times ahead on their new 25…

New Orders

Seaward Celebrate 2 New Orders before Southampton Boat Show

The impact of The Yachtmarket Southampton Boat Show is felt before it has even opened it’s gates.

Seaward have secured orders, the week before the show, for a new Seaward 25 and a new Seaward 35.  Chairman, Chris Clayton, said “Southampton is such an influential show that it’s impact is felt by customers before the event, this caused two customers to place orders before the show to secure build slots.  We are looking forward to more success at the show.”

Tough and rugged, Seaward’s Nelson designed motor boats have an enviable reputation both in the commercial world and as safe go-anywhere leisure boats.  Their semi-displacement design means fast comfortable cruising even in the worst conditions.

When the weather turns, you’ll be glad you’re in a Seaward…

Seaward 35 owner Qualifies as RYA Yachtmaster

Seaward 35 owner Qualifies as RYA Yachtmaster with The Seaward Sea School

 


Seaward 35 owner, Richard Harrison, likes to aim high and challenge himself in all things, his boating is no exception.  After lots of self study and some training sessions in his home port of Plymouth, Richard came to The Seaward Sea School in Cowes, with his Seaward 35 ‘Bruiser’ to attend a preparation course for his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore.

A  few, challenging, long days with instructor Angus Belcher, including two complex night exercises in one of the UK’s busiest waterways, and Richard was ready for his exam.

Richard was put through tough boat handling tests, answered questions on lights, shapes, weather and navigation theory while at sea
and was set day and night navigation exercises.

After tying up, late at night, in Southampton Richard was rewarded with a pass.

Congratulations Richard!

Seaward at Southampton Boat Show

2 New Seaward Boats on display at Southampton Boat Show – 14th to 23rd September

Seaward are proud to be showing a newly built Seaward 29 and Seaward 25 at this years Southampton Boat Show, demonstrating

 the latest additions and developments to these boats.  Details of all of the latest Seaward models will be available and Seaward staff will be on-hand to give advice and discuss your needs.

When the weather turns, you’ll be glad you’re in a Seaward…

See us on the pontoons on berth M137

The Birth Of The Seaward Nelson Pilot Boat

The Birth Of The Seaward Nelson Pilot Boat

The Seaward Nelson pilot boat range is one of the best known pilot boat series in the world. For example, over 300 of the Nelson 40 pilot boat have been produced and are in service day in, day out around the world. all day and every day. They have an exceptionally soft ride and are easy to handle in rough sea conditions and when boarding ship.

The story of Nelson pilot boats goes back to 1864 when Sir John Thornycroft built a steam launch on the River Thames. Two years later, in 1866, his father bought some land next to Chiswick Church and this was the beginning of the shipyard of John I. Thornycroft and Company. Ten years after that, Thornycroft built the first torpedo boat for the British Navy, HMS Lightning. The company remained in the Thornycroft family until 1965 when it became part of Vosper, Thornycroft Group.

In 1955, grandson Peter Thornycroft founded Keith, Nelson & Company Ltd, and in 1965 T.T. Boat Designs Ltd. He built the first real Nelson in 1959 for Baron de Rothschild who wanted to get to The Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes quickly from his home on the River Beaulieu. This was a 29’ boat and was quickly followed by the Nelson 32 and the Nelson 34. The Royal Navy bought many of the latter boats including two for the Royal Yacht Britannia as VIP launches. The 34 was followed by the 40’ Edelweiss in 1964 which was capable of 20 knots, and in 1967 a Dutch customer ordered a 40’ with twin engines capable of 25 knots.

The Thornycroft hull design has hollow buttocks which provide a very flat run giving lift for full planing speeds, and it also gives a soft ride at semi-planing speeds which makes it considerably more comfortable. Thornycroft designed slack bilges forward with a deep entry and bilges that turn tightly towards the stern for a comfortable ride in head seas.

The 40’ Nelson enabled pilots to be ferried from shore to ship in any sort of weather meaning that it was no longer necessary to have expensive cutters on cruising station.

If you are looking for a Seaward Nelson pilot boat for sale, Seaward produces the Nelson 35, Nelson 40, and Nelson 42, the latter being able to seat up to eight people. We also make the Nelson 29 which is available in pilot boat design or as a service/patrol boat.

A Brief History Of Pilot Boats

A Brief History Of Pilot Boats

A modern pilot boat has to be built to be fast and tough, bumping against the side of a 100,000 ton tanker ship as often happens. Equally importantly, it has to be able to operate in all types of weather as the pilot has to get to the incoming ship no matter what.

The job of a pilot actually goes back to the days of Ancient Greece when ships’ captains would use local harbour captains – often local fishermen with a sound knowledge of the area – to bring their vessel safely to shore. Eventually, local harbours each licenced pilots for their particular area.

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Seaward 27 E18 Motor Cruiser Update

Seaward 27 E18 Motor Cruiser Update 

Click Here for full specification and price list now published on website

 

The Boat Development Co. – Builders of Seaward Boats.
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***Dateline January 2018: Seaward Boats announce new model – the Seaward 27 E18 motor cruiser, the latest in a line of Nelson type all-weather leisure boats built to commercial standards where seaworthiness, comfort and reliability are paramount.
Developed from the Seaward 25, this new addition to the range has a longer main cabin and bathing/boarding platform incorporated into the hull, and is available with 3 layout options.
For further information. Contact Mike Burnham at mike@seawardboat.com Tel:+ 44 (0)1983 280333
1 Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD, UK
The all-new Seaward Nelson 27 E18 motor cruiser with aft cockpit.

Dateline Feb 12, 2018. Cowes: Tooling is now in production for the first all-weather Seaward 27 E18 motor cruiser.  Her pedigree has evolved from the well-proven Seaward 25 and she boasts a larger wheelhouse and longer hull with in-built transom platform.   As always at Seaward, the new owner is involved at every stage of planning their new boat.

 

With a top speed of 22 knots and a great cruising speed of 18, coupled with the excellent sea-keeping that she shares with the rest of the Seaward range, this capable and sturdy little vessel is equally at home coastal cruising or hopping across the Channel for dinner, even when the weather turns.

 

The Seaward 27 is remarkably manoeuverable; close quarters boat handling is made easy by her twin shaft drive engines, deep keel and unique hull design.   Visibility is really good all round and the ergonomic sit/stand helm position with it’s adjustable wheel, footrest and seat make handling the boat in a busy marina a pleasure.

Installation of the reliable and tough twin Yanmar 110hp common rail diesel engines with independent fuel and electrical systems, provides reliability and peace of mind for those longer offshore passages.

Helm Position – with fully adjustable wheel, seat and foot rest

 

Life aboard the new 27 will be a pleasure. Careful design and planning has led to the layout options you can see on the right, click on any one to see the full sized drawing. The wheelhouse is long enough to accommodate a pilot berth without compromising the ability to have a proper navigators seat and chart/storage locker. The galley, fitted with the option of a neat ceramic diesel-fired hob or two burner gas hob, a stainless steel sink and 240v microwave cooker as standard, can be fitted in the wheelhouse or below in the well thought out forward cabin. The forward cabin has two V berths, a table that also acts as an infill to convert the berth into a large double. There is a fully enclosed heads to port.

 

The self-draining cockpit gives another dimension to the Seaward 27. The optional all-over canopy creates a comfortable living space with luxurious cushions available for the cockpit seats (under which there is easy access to the engines). A neat transom gate leads to the aft platform.

 

Seaward Boats are a unique and remarkable breed of ‘go-anywhere’ craft. The new Seaward 27 is no exception.

 

Anyone wanting a traditionally built, go-anywhere motor cruiser tailored to suit their exact requirements, should contact The Boat Development Co Ltd for further information.

 

Seaward  27 E18 Motor cruiser specifications:
LOA                  8.32m
Beam                2.69m
Draught            0.80m
Engines            2 x Yanmar 4JH 110hp diesel engines
Gearboxes       V-drives
Displacement  3050kg
Fuel Capacity   300 litres
Max Speed      20 knots
RCD Category   B

 

 Click here for full spec and pricing (incl. VAT) 

 

For further information, contact:
Mike Burnham – The Boat Development Co Ltd
1, Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD UK
Tel:  +44 (0)1983 280333     Fax:  +44 (0)1983 295095
web:
www.seawardboat.com E.mail: sales@seawardboat.com

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Profile and standard arrangement plan for the new Seaward 27 E18 motor cruiser
General arrangement with option for a fixed seat behind the helm position and bench seating on the starboard side.
 
General arrangement with option for galley fitted on port side of the wheelhouse

 

Standard  ‘no-gas’ galley arrangement with diesel-fired hob and microwave fitted as standard. There is an option to have the galley in the wheelhouse.

Forward cabin: showing galley and  double bed/dinette arrangement. The enclosed heads are located opposite the galley.

Seaward Nelson 39 and 42 layout options

Seaward Nelson 39 and 42 layout options

Seaward Nelson 39 layout options

  • The profile with and without the underwater part of the hull
  • Version A: 2 twin cabins, large toilet with separate shower
  • Version B: 2 twin cabins, dinette and toilet/shower
  • Version C: 2 twin cabins, 2 toilet/showers
  • Version D: 1 Double, 1 twin cabin, 2 toilet/showers
  • Version E : 1 Double, 1 twin cabin, large toilet with separate shower

Seaward Nelson 42 layout options

  • Version A : 1 Double cabin, toilet/shower, dinette/office
  • Version B : 1 Twin cabin, toilet/shower, large dinette galley
  • Version C : 2 twin cabins, large toilet with separate shower
  • Version D : 2 twin cabins, toilet/shower, and dinette/galley
  • Version E : 2 twin cabins, 2 toilet/showers
  • Version F : 1 Double, 1twin cabin, 2 toilet/showers
  • Version G : 1 Double, 1twin cabin, I toilet and separate shower

New Seaward 39 motor cruiser highlights a local success story

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New Seaward 39 motor cruiser highlights a local success story

LOCAL SUCCESS STORY: The latest Seaward 39 motor yacht, undergoing trials in the Solent. These Seaward all-weather powerboats and commercial craft are designed and built on the Isle of Wight and exported all over the world.

 

Dateline 15th September 2017 – Southampton Boat Show.  

Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas MBE highlighted a local success story at the Southampton Boat Show today when she presented the all-new Seaward 39 motor cruiser to press and public.

These Seaward Nelson-type boats, which have a reputation for being the best all-weather boats in the world, are designed and built by a committed team on the Isle of Wight, and Helena’s husband Stephen Thomas happens to be the Managing Director.

The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of the Seaward range, has been in Cowes for almost 5 years now, and as a specialist British manufacturer has brought much needed employment to the area.

Employing 20 staff at its yard in Prospect Road, Cowes, the Company produces a range of specialised commercial and pleasure boats under the Seaward brand. These are shipped worldwide to discerning users who want to have the ultimate sea boat built in a rugged and refined way.

Recent deliveries have been to The Channel Islands, Italy and Spain where the unique sea-keeping and quality build of these boats are well recognised.

These Seaward boats range from 19 to 46ft, and commercial versions are used by Harbour authorities and pilots across the world. This new Seaward 39 is the first in its class of private motor cruisers, and highlights the quality of workmanship available on the Isle of Wight.

This new Seaward 39 is the latest product in a massive development programme to heighten quality, comfort and ride right across the range.” Says Mike Burnham, Director of the firm. “Among the innovations to reduce noise and vibration are special isolation for the engines, extensive noise absorbent materials incorporated in the layup of the hull and deck, and a wheelhouse that ‘floats’ on an isolation membrane separating it from the hull and machinery. “We have also made considerable improvements to the interior furnishings by bringing these craftsmanship skills in-house. All electrical installations are now carried out by the in-house team as well. In reality, our boats are now built like small superyachts.” Burnham adds.

Owner David Harland is just as enthusiastic. “This is my 5th Seaward and I’m delighted with her. She is exceptionally quiet – so much so that some of my crew didn’t even realise that the engines were running when we were about to cast off – very spacious, lovely joinery and remarkably smooth in a seaway. Recently after our visit to The Nelson Boat Owner’s Rally, we planned to return to Guernsey on the Tuesday, however it was clear from the forecast that the weather was set to deteriorate so we cut and ran on the Monday afternoon. We experienced a typical Solent chop with the wind against tide and a big breaking swell, as we crossed the Channel. The winds were gusting strong F5 but the boat handled without complaint and maintained a cruising speed of 18 knots, with ease.”

The layout accommodates four in the owner’s suite and mid-section guest cabin. She also has a large well-equipped galley amidships and spacious wheelhouse that doubles as a day saloon and dining room offering panoramic views.

The aft cockpit, which is easily accessed from the wheelhouse and side decks, also has a large table for al-fresco dining, together with a stern platform, which is moulded into the hull to provide a safe and stable boarding point from a dinghy and for swimming from.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Presents the new Seaward 39 from the Isle of Wight.

Length Overall

12.81m inc. platform

Beam Mtrs

3.96m

Draft Mtrs.

1.22m

Air Draft Mtrs. (excl. Mast)

2.9m

Displacement (full load)

15 tonnes

Cruising Speed (largest engines)

18-22kts

Top Speed (largest engines)

26kts

Fuel tanks (litres)

2000 L

Water Tanks

 463 L

Range (Normal cruising speed)

 400nM

Design Category

A

For further information about Seaward Boats contact:
Mike Burnham or Stephen Thomas
The Boat Development Co Ltd
1, Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD UK
Tel:  +44 (0)1983 280333    Mobile: +44 (0)7733 474847
web:
www.seawardboat.com E.mail: admin@seawardboat.com

2017 Motor Boat Awards Finalist

2017 Motor Boat Awards Finalist

STOP PRESS!  We have just learned that our new Seaward 42 model has been shortlisted for the Motor Boat Awards 2017 in the Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruiser category, with the winner to be announced at a gala dinner in
London on the 9th January.
That she has been nominated for this prestigious award is a great testament to all involved!

Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht launch at the Southampton Boat Show

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Profile and general arrangement plan for the Seaward 42 E16 aft cabin version

Profile and general arrangement plan for Seaward’s new flagship Nelson 42 E16 with aft cockpit.

Bounder at speed
 
Bounder’s spacious wheelhouse and day cabin

Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht launch at the Southampton Boat Show

The all-new Seaward Nelson 42 E16 motor yacht with aft cockpit.

Dateline: September 15, 2016. Southampton Boat Show:

The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of Seaward boats, is launching its new flagship model, the all-weather Nelson 42 motor yacht on Marina berth M122 at the Southampton Boat Show.  Based on the same hull used to build pilot boats and service launches, she shares many of the commercial components that make these boats so admired by their professional operators.

Bounder, the first of these new Seaward 42 Motor Yachts, is an aft-cockpit version ordered by an experienced owner, whose previous boats have included a Seaward 35 and large sailing yachts. He plans extensive short-handed cruising and has opted for a single cabin arrangement with a large wheelhouse incorporating a well-appointed day area, a central dinette and galley, and master stateroom forward to maximise on living space.  An aft cabin version of the Seaward 42 is also available, featuring a master ensuite cabin below a raised aft deck with a second external helm position.

 

Interior layout of the aft cockpit version of Seaward Nelson 42 E16 motor yacht

Bounder is powered by twin Cummins QSB 6.7 litre engines, developing 425hp each, giving her a 26 knot top-speed. Her impressive specification includes both a Gyro-stabiliser and Humphree Interceptor active trim control systems to minimise motion and enhance even further the capabilities of this remarkable all-weather vessel.

Anyone wanting a traditionally built, go-anywhere motor yacht, tailored to suit their exact requirements should contact The Boat Development Co Ltd. 

Bounder will be on display at this year’s Southampton Boat Show on berth M122 between 16 – 25th September

Seaward  42 E16 Motor Yacht specifications:
LOA                13.30m
Beam                3.96m
Draught            1.22m
Engines            2 x Cummins  6.7litre ( 425hp ) @ 3,000rpm
Gearboxes       ZF285-1 reduction ratio 2.5:1
Displacement  15 tonnes
Fuel Capacity   3,000 litres
Max Speed      25 knots
RCD Category   A

For further information, contact:
William Rhys-Jones  – Sales & Marketing Director – The Boat Development Co Ltd
1, Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD UK
Tel:  +44 (0)1983 280333     Fax:  +44 (0)1983 295095    Mobile: on + 44 (0)7710 317 258
web: www.seawardboat.com E.mail: william@seawardboat.com

Seaward delivers Gemini

Seaward delivers Gemini, Lybra’s twin, the second of two new Nelson 40 pilot boats for Genoa.
Dateline. 15th July 2016 – Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

Gemini (2)
The second of two new Seaward Nelson 40s, built for Genoa Pilots, has been handed over to her owners today.

Gemini features a resiliently-mounted wheelhouse and a foam-elastomer fender with pusher-bow. She is powered by twin FPT (Fiat Powertrain) engines, developing 265hp at 2,300 rpm, giving her a top speed of 22 knots. Read more

New flagship Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht

New flagship Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht

Seaward-42 Profile

The all-new Seaward Nelson 42 E16 motor yacht with aft cockpit.

Dateline May 13, 2016. Cowes: The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of Seaward boats based at Cowes, is mid-way through building a new flagship model of their proven all-weather 42 E16 motor yacht. Based on the same Mk II Nelson hull favoured by commercial pilots and harbour authorities around the world, she also shares many of the commercial components that make these boats so reliable. Read more

New Seaward Nelson 40 Pilot Boat built for Genoa Pilots, Italy

Seaward Boats - Copyright Free for Editorial Use Photo Credit: Seaward Boats *** Seaward Nelson 40 Pilot Boat LYBRA, the first of two built by Seaward Boats in Cowes UK for the Genoa Pilot service in Italy, undergoing sea trials in the Solent.

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Seaward delivers the first of two new Nelson 40 pilot boats to Genoa Pilots

Dateline. 21st April 2016 – Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

The first of two new Seaward Nelson 40 pilot boats ordered by Genoa Pilots, to serve shipping in and out of this busy Italian port, has been handed over to her new owners today. Read more

R&D for 2 new Nelson motor yacht models

Mike Burnham leads research and development for two new Nelson motor yacht models

The all-new Seaward Nelson 39 E16, will make its debut at the Southampton Boat Show

Dateline March 8, 2016. Cowes: The Boat Development Co based at Cowes, builders of the Seaward Nelson range of all-weather motor cruisers and commercial craft, is investing heavily in developing two new models to their range: the all new Seaward 39 E16, and a new improved version of their well established 42 foot flagship model, the Seaward 42 E 16. Read more

Launch of 8-seater 42

Launch of 8-seater 42

Seaward at SeaWork 2013
Seaward to launch 8-seat Nelson 42 Pilot Boat at the SeaWork 2013 International Exhibition, Southampton – 25th-27th June

Seaward, builders of the famous Nelson all-weather pilot, harbour and work boats will be showing plans for a new 8-seat Nelson 42 Pilot Boat configuration alongside their extensive range at this month’s Sea Work 2013 International show at the ABP Port in Southampton.

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MP supports marine export drive

MP supports marine export drive

Andrew Turner MP supports export drive plans for Isle of Wight marine industry during visit to Seaward Boats yard at Cowes  – 28th May 2013

Key members of the Isle of Wight marine industry met with their MP Andrew Turner at The Boat Development Co in Cowes last week (23.5.13) to discuss future employment prospects and potential funding to support an export drive for boats built on the Island.

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