The Tideways Launch is the perfect day boat. She is based off old Port Phillip cruisers, with the foundation laid by that of fishing and working boats. Her design is timeless, and a similar, smaller option to those wanting to mess around in boats, but who aren’t quite ready for committing to an Efficient 44 or Deal Island 50.
The Tideways is sturdy, and has cruising capacity to go further afield, such as down to Wilson’s Prom, or even Hobart or beyond. She is modular and has the potential to be utilised for a variety of purposes. She has all the basic offerings, a galley, large bed, and a day bed. Tideways is a superb family boat, offering something for everyone, perfectly matched to the waterways of Port Phillip Bay.
- Length: 37’
- Beam: 13’6”
- Draft: 3’6”
- Fuel Capacity: 400L
- Displacement: 7 ton.
- Engine: John Deere 4045TFM50 150hp @ 2600 RPM
- Speed: Max 9 knots, cruise 8 knots
- Water Capacity: 300L
- Lithium Battery
My wife and I were looking for a perfect day boat for our family down at Sorrento. We wanted a boat with plenty of space to handle the energetic movements of young children. We needed a boat with cabin space to give the kids somewhere to go and rest during the day and also get out of the sun.
The boat also had to be big enough to take another family and their kids on for the day, and versatile enough to have the options to have a sit-down lunch, take the family fishing, or to have a lazy day swimming at anchor.
It also had to be a size I could handle by myself getting on or off moorings, or into jetties. We also wanted a boat that would stand the test of time both physically and from a design point of view. If the kids want to ski or be towed on a tyre or go to the beach, we leave mum in peace for an hour on the boat and take the kids out on the duck.
We never travel very far, and when we do half the fun is in the journey; so speed was not a priority. When we looked at all our options, the fibreglass boats that ticked the boxes had very elaborate cabin fit outs that we did not need and huge engine capacities that we also did not need.
This was taking us to a price bracket we did not want to go to, not to mention the running costs. When we looked at the second hand fibreglass boats in this market there were a few things that stood out: they were all tired, the styles were dating and they came with all the "uncertainties" of owning a second hand boat.
Then we realised we could get exactly what we wanted by building our boat through "The Wooden Boat Shop" for the price that suited us.
The boat has proven to live up to all of our expectations and more, recently completing a leisurely trip to Tasmania stopping at numerous ports on the way down to Hobart. On the success of this trip we have another one planned to Tasmania in 2010.
It has proved to be a very low maintenance boat, very reasonable running costs, in a style that is classic and something that the family is very proud of, and loves using.
Photos by Rod Martin