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…
The Seaward 42 is based on the Seaward Nelson 42 pilot boat hull design and is an RCD Category A ocean-going motor yacht at the top of the Seaward range. Typically, they are custom built to the owner’s requirements with a wide choice of layouts. The hull is the same as the well-proven all-weather Nelson pilot boats in use professionally around the world but with the addition of an integral stern platform to maximise the running length of the hull and contribute to ease of trim, handling, and sea kindliness.
The standard twin propulsion engines and drives are a pair of Yanmar 8LVs diesel engines rated at 370hp, but there are other options. These include the Cummins QSB 6.7’s rated at 425hp and the Yanmar 6LY-CRs, rated at 440hp. The engines are controlled by an electronic shift and monitoring system. The port and starboard gearboxes are arranged for handed rotation, driving outward turning 2” shafts and Seaward’s optimised 24″ 5 blade propellers, reducing noise and vibration and increasing efficiency. The large rudders are heavy-duty and the same as used on the pilot boats. They are of aerofoil section in cast bronze controlled through an hydraulic steering system.
The fuel tanks are moulded into the keel section of the hull and hold 2,000 litres each. One feeds the port engine and the other the starboard engine. There is a cross connection valve that is normally shut, but in the event of an engine breaking down it enables all the remaining fuel to be available to the other engine. The tank fillers are side by side on the port or starboard side deck, and have special splash stops which prevent spillage while filling. You can also specify optional wing tanks which will hold another 1,000 litres of fuel.
The deck layout provides wide side decks and a clean fore deck to give safe access all around the boat. The self-launching anchor stem head fitting contains a stainless steel anchor, and the electric windlass is operated by deck foot switches on the fore deck and remote control at the helm. All deck fittings and hand rails are substantial and manufactured in stainless steel. The mast is in white powder-coated aluminium and hinges back in order to pass under low bridges.
The standard well-appointed interior layout has a spacious owner’s cabin with ensuite shower and toilet, forward, together with a dinette and galley, and wheelhouse saloon. Other options include a separate twin-berth guest cabin. The boat has central heating and air is ducted to outlets in the accommodation and heads. There is also an immersion heater to produce hot water from shore power.
The price of the Seaward 42 includes launching and commissioning at Cowes, and we provide two days of hand over and familiarisation free of charge.
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.
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 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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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
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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.