With the astonishingly bad weather that we have been having I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that our thoughts haven’t yet turned to the new season’s boating, but that lovely sunny weekend is just around the corner (I promise!!).
I thought it would be worth talking about those pre-season checks so that when that sunny day arrives we can all get straight out on the water…
Some of you will have seen these before so I apologise if I’m repeating myself but better safe than sorry.
Especially at this time of year it is vital that we thoroughly check our boats before heading off on our first trip. Winter always takes it’s toll on our pride and joy and it is likely that we have used our boats less, if at all, in the last few months.
Many checks we can do ourselves but some may be left to a qualified engineer depending on our skill level and enthusiasm for the task. If in doubt get someone to check.
My particular concerns at this time of year include a good look at: tightness and alignment of engine mounts, shaft couplings and shaft seals, as well as checking the gas system is in good condition and the gas certificate is in date. Carbon-monoxide and gas alarms are essential in boats, let’s make sure they’re working.
Some time ago I wrote an article on boat checks which may help, you can download it below along with some check and maintenance sheets.
Please feel free to drop me an email or contact Seaward direct for any help you might need.
Saturday 30th November saw the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Flying Christine III, the Seaward ambulance boat stationed at Guernsey.
Built by Seaward Marine in 1994 she serves the islands in all weathers with her intrepid crew and paramedics. Mark Huntley (Chairman) and Chris Clayton (Managing Director) attended the commemoration along with past and present crew and many others at the Guernsey Yacht Club.
The event was hosted by Jim Cathcart from St John Ambulance who explained how vital the boat is to all who inhabit the islands and the many visitors that come each year too. Mark Mapp the Chief Ambulance Officer then provided a couple of real life anecdotes involving expectant mothers on nearby Sark! In fact he is responsible for helping the safe arrival of the major constituents of the island! There was a short video presentation followed by a report from the deputy bailiff of Bailiwick. Mark and Chris were then invited on board Flying Christine III for a short trip around the harbour with skipper Dave at the helm.
Thank you, from all at Seaward and we congratulate Flying Christine and the team who maintain this incredible lifeline.
Continuous development at Seaward means that the superb go anywhere sea boat, the Seaward 29, is shortly going to be available with an innovative and practical approach to hybrid power.
Many years of research have led to a package which will allow the Seaward to operate, in a choice of propulsion modes, in any of the areas where diesel engines are not permitted or restricted or, of course, to reduce noise and emissions and use less fuel.
Seaward’s innovative multi-mode hybrid is developed in cooperation with British engineers Hybrid Marine, also based on the Isle of Wight, who have many years of experience in the field and with our well-established engine supplier Yanmar.
The 3 modes of operation provide unique practicality, reliability and tolerance:
In battery only drive the parallel hybrid operation will give virtually silent departure and manoeuvring operations, before engaging one of the other modes for longer duration.
In series hybrid mode, with only the generator running, it will provide long term displacement speed operation in lakes and canals – great range, fuel economy, low noise and emissions.
High Speed, Long Range Cruising
With its pair of Yanmar 4LV’s the top speed of around 25 knots and a range of up to 200 nautical miles gives the world-renowned rugged sea boat exceptional seagoing performance, handling and safety. Long-range reserve diesel capacity can also be provided.
More information about prices and delivery will be available from the yard soon.
The Seaward Nelson 27 E20 is a new addition to the range that has found favour for many years with discerning motorboat users and ex sailors alike. The 27 has a longer wheelhouse than the Seaward 25 and a longer hull with a built in transom platform. Boasting a full length berth and option of a galley in the wheelhouse the 27 shares the impeccable sea boat capability and handling of the other models.
Seaward will be on berths M124/M126
We are also exhibiting the fabulous Seaward 39 and will have the 42 and the 25 available to view locally.
Come and discuss your boating dreams and see how Seaward can make them reality.
Tough and rugged, Seaward’s Nelson designed motor yachts have an enviable reputation gained through their commercial heritage and boast luxurious hand crafted comfort aboard.
Continuous innovation and developments by the team at Seaward are giving Seaward customers unrivalled levels of luxury and comfort in these capable, sea going craft.
Seaward Boats really are the ultimate sea boat.
“Whatever the weather, you’ll be glad you’re in a Seaward…”
New Seaward 27 Available Now for Immediate Launch!
Built to a very high specification, this Seaward Nelson 27 is available for immediate launch and boasts bow and stern thrusters, Zipwake interceptors, a bathing platform extension, wheelhouse galley and the full specification of the top of the range Offshore model. The 27 shares the impeccable sea boat capability and handling of the other models.
The all new South Coast Boat Show at Ocean Village was a great success, despite the weather.
New this year, the South Coast Boat Show was described as a ‘show for serious buyers’ and this indeed proved to be the case. While numbers of visitors were not huge, and the weather was challenging; visitors that attended were interested potential buyers.
The Seaward 25 on show boasted all the latest developments in the range and was a popular exhibit.
Great interest was shown in Seaward’s new 27, soon to be available for demonstration.
The Seaward Brokerage has two new listings one at each end of the Seaward range.
‘Blue Tiek’ is lying in Corfu and is a much loved and well cared for Talisman 49, spacious and sea-kindly she really is a go anywhere vessel. ‘Aslan’ is a beautiful ‘little ship’ having benefitted from a high specification re-furbishment she is ready for her new owners.
Go to the Seaward Brokeragepage to view them or call us on 01983 280333 to arrange a viewing.
We start a busy 2019 with a range of boats in production and the biggest order book in recent history!
Everyone is excited to see the first of three new Seaward 27 boats due for Spring delivery so please keep tabs on the website and watch the boating press! We are sure to make a Splash!
The original principals, Chris Clayton and Mike Burnham, are joined by new investor Mark Huntley, himself a proud Seaward owner, to accelerate plans for the future of the company. New models and market development are well under way and you will hear more about this soon.
David Thomas joins as Production Manager! David started in January to fill an essential role within the company. He is young and very enthusiastic but has already gained a wealth of knowledge within the industry and we wish him every success in growing with the business.
Brokerage continues to be buoyant! Angus & Sadie, in the brokerage, had the best year in recent times, proving that Seawards are becoming ever more popular; so if you are thinking of a change please contact them quick! The time is now for the coming season.
Stephen Thomas steps down as MD. After many successful years with the company Stephen is taking a bit of a break to pursue some sailing interests in the ARC and a change in career. We thank him for all he has done for and achieved with the company and all wish him well for the future.
Thinking of a new or pre-owned Seaward or perhaps it’s time to up or down-size… Contact us now…
Everyone at Seaward would like to wish you a happy New Year and hope that 2019 brings you all you wish for.
The new season is just around the corner and thoughts turn to getting out on the water again in 2019. Thinking of upgrading or downsizing your boat, talk to us at the Seaward Brokerage. Perhaps 2019 is the year to order your new Seaward, please feel free to chat with us about the latest innovations in the Seaward range. We look forward to seeing you during the year.
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.
At Seaward we not only build boats, but have a brokerage department offering a selection of previously owned SeawardNelson 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.
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…
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 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.
Click Here for full specification and price list now published on website
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 marinaa 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:
Engines 2 x Yanmar 4JH 110hp diesel engines
Fuel Capacity 300 litres
Max Speed 20 knots
RCD Category B
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
New Seaward 39 motor cruiser highlights a local success story
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.
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: email@example.com
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!
Dateline. 12 October 2016 – Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of Seaward boats, has today delivered Nosam IV, a new Seaward 19, to Poole-based Jane and David Mason. Seaward’s Angus Belcher took her from Cowes to Lymington where he was joined by David Mason for the trip across Christchurch Bay to her new home in Poole Harbour. Read more
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
Mike Burnham leads research and development for two new Nelson motor yacht models
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
Dateline: Cowes, 17th February 2016: Stephen Thomas, currently Technical Director of The Boat Development Company which builds the Seaward range of motor yachts and Nelson commercial pilot boats, has been promoted to Managing Director, and William Rhys-Jones joins the Board as Sales and Marketing Director. Read more
David Harland filmed three Seaward Nelson all-weather motor boats passing through the notorious Alderney Race in the Channel Islands
Seaward 29 ‘Endeavour’, Seaward 49 ‘Tasman’ & Seaward 35 ‘Tipanie’ Read more
Please find enclosed a link that will enable you to download the latest Seaward Squadron Newsletter. This gives details of the Rally that was held in Dartmouth, earlier in the year and information about next years rally for your diary.
When the sun is out, gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh likes to turn his attention from laburnums to his love of boating. Between writing numerous gardening books and novels, presenting the Chelsea Flower Show programmes and hosting his own chat show, Alan is often out in the Solent on his beloved Seaward 25.
Seaward 25 sales success featured on PSP Southampton Boat Show TV. Owner John Wotton and his wife Valerie, together with Mike Burnham, MD of Seaward, and skipper Mark Taylor at the champagne christening and hand-over of their Seaward 25 Cool Blue II at the PSP Southampton Boat Show today
The Seaward Squadron is the association for owners of Seaward Boats. Formed in 1987 by Mike Wood, who purchased the first Seaward 23, ‘Zenith’, which appeared at the Southampton International Boat Show in 1985.The first gathering was held in Guernsey in 1988 where 8 boats attended.
Angus Belcher, Principal of the Seasmart Motorboat Sea School based at Cowes, signed a deal at Seawork 2013 today to join forces with The Boat Development Co Ltd to form the Seaward Sea School. The new company has ordered a purpose designed Seaward 29 motor cruiser, drawn like other rugged Nelson type leisure and workboats within the Seaward range, by TT Design.
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.
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.