The Seaward Team


Seaward was founded by Barry Kimber in Guernsey in 1980 to develop these unique Nelson semi-displacement craft.  The original Seaward 23 model was so successful that in 1988 an owner’s club was formed, called the Seaward Squadron, which hosts popular rallies each season.  Following the success of the 23, Seaward and TT Boat Designs went on to develop 25 & 29ft versions, then the 35 cockpit and aft deck models and, latterly, the 39 and 42.  The Seaward range was developed with sea-keeping and manoeuvrability at the forefront of the design process.  In 2002 the business relocated to its current production facility in Cowes.


Seaward Today

The purchase of the business by The Boat Development Company Ltd. has continued the Seaward traditions of quality and craftsmanship while continuous innovation and development by the designers and craftsmen at Cowes is giving Seaward customers unrivalled levels of luxury and comfort in immensely capable, sea going vessels.  Building on the pedigree and heritage of the boats, development is continuous, making great use of the latest technology, materials and processes to make our boats quieter, even more comfortable and more efficient.  Making the best better…

Recent boat tests for the boating press have provided testament to our efforts…

“…while being hugely tough, it offers a degree of luxury and technology that makes long passages more enjoyable.” – (Powerboat & Rib Magazine)

Meet the Seaward Team


Mark, as well as being an enthusiastic Seaward owner and experienced yachtsman, boasts a wealth of knowledge of international business management and finance.  His is a director of and  a consultant to a number of international organisations both large and small.   These skills and experience allied to Mark’s boundless energy and his enthusiasm for Seaward boats make him the perfect hand on the Seaward tiller.

Office: +44 (0) 1983 280333

CHRIS CLAYTON – Managing Director

Chris has long-standing links with the development of Nelson hulls. As a director of both Bucklers Hard Boat Builders Ltd and Beaulieu Marine Developments Ltd, he and his team specialise in completing Nelson hulls to bespoke standards. They have also developed the new Nelson 42 Mk II at their base at Bucklers Hard Marina on the Beaulieu River.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7801 253304


BRIAN HUTCHINSON – Financial Director

Brian is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner with Mazars LLP, international accountants and business advisors, for over 30 years.  Apart from working with a wide range of business clients and charities, Brian held various regional and national management roles for Mazars.

Since leaving Mazars at the end of 2012, he has continued to advise various local businesses on strategic, financial and management issues as well as being interim finance director for two companies.

“Never having been a boating person, working with Seaward has been a great learning experience.  Our team builds fantastic boats and it is good to play a role in the company”.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7979 806629

MIKE BURNHAM – Project Manager

Mike trained as a naval architect and has continued in the composites, workboat and leisure boat businesses throughout his career, running businesses both in the UK and overseas. The majority of this time was as designer, Sales Director and then Managing Director of Halmatic, the largest player in the UK workboat market at that time. Mike has a wealth of experience in the design and manufacture of leisure and commercial vessels.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7733 474847

ANGUS BELCHER – Sales, Brokerage, Training and Marine Services

Angus runs the Seaward Sea School, the Seaward brokerage and marine services. He has been involved with Seaward boats and their owners for over ten years. Angus has been sailing and boating for over forty years. His experience encompasses many types of power and sailing vessels throughout Europe. Angus has a calm and sociable personality that puts students and owners at ease and instils confidence as they learn.  Feel free to call him for information and advice.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7979 806629

MARTIN RILEY – Production Manager

Martin brings a wealth of experience to the company from his previous roles in the marine industry over the last 25 years;
working in yachts and high performance power boats in all aspects of production from lamination to engineering.
Starting out in the Automotive industry in specialist projects for Bentley and Landrover covering design, development and build.
Finally organising the build of ocean going high spec Sailing yachts.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7979 996373

LEE SKINNER – Purchasing Manager

Seaward recently appointed a new Purchasing Manager, Lee Skinner.
Lee joins Seaward at a crucial time, with a full order book and new vessel developments, Seaward need the purchasing and logistics expertise that Lee brings.

Lee has gained experience from diverse industries, having been a Team & Project Manager in Games Software Development, Local Government, and the Digital graphics industry since 2000.

His experience in project planning, scheduling and flow, and his ability to contribute to the development process will be of huge benefit to Seaward.
A Bachelor of Science in ICT, Lee will be central to seaward’s on-going development.
When not at work Lee is kept busy by his family and a passion for live music and Lego!


BEN GLENNIE – Design and Development

Benjamin Glennie will lead design and production development at Seaward boat

Ben Glennie has been appointed to lead design development and production design at Seaward boat.

He is currently working on design optimisation on the boatbuilder’s current range.  In 2020 he graduated with a bachelors’ degree of engineering in yacht design and production from Solent University.

His key interests are hull design and optimisation, alternative propulsion systems development and structural design analysis, which has been most recently utilised within Seawards new 29ft commercial pilot boat.

“What I want to help the team achieve is to optimise the performance of these wonderful boats and bring forward their classic, elegant lines to meet the next generation of technologies and materials.”


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