Latest TOA News
updated 6/5/2021

  • AGM this will be held on Tuesday 25th May at 7.30pm via zoom please email the secretary at least 24 hours before for the link to the meeting – the agenda is in the spring newsletter and the officers reports for the meeting are on the notices page of the members section here  (password on page 2 of any recent newsletter).
  • April Classic Boat Magazine: included a short piece on the Tideway: “…. It is the epitome of that most classic of types, the 12ft (3.6m) clinker dinghy, and it remains a solid choice ….”
  • 2021 Meetings – An update regarding the Barton Broad meeting (9/4/21) can be found on the Meetings Detail page in the members section of the website (you will find the password on Page 2 of any recent newsletter)
  • Website – The menus have a new look.  Members can now access members only pages from the TOA Information menu.  Under The Tideway menu you can find a new page describing the Tideway 10 and Tideway 14,
  • Newsletter – the Spring newsletter has now been issued to members.  The next newsletter will be the autumn edition the deadline for this is 10th September.

The Tideway – A classic 12’ dinghy in Wood or GRP

Built originally of mahogany on oak by L H Walker of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex in the 1950’s the gunter-rigged Tideway provokes interest and admiring looks wherever sailed.  Originally conceived as a “Family Cruising” dinghy this traditional “Swallows & Amazons” style boat is now more usually sailed  with a crew of 2 or single handed. The boat continues to be built today both in traditional wood and wood trimmed GRP.

The Tideway is ideal to trail and sail as most boats are Gunter rigged allowing all spars to store within the boat. It can be rowed, will take a small outboard and will give you many happy hours on the water.

You can read more about the Tideway here and about why owners think the Tideway is the right boat for them here.

The Tideway Owners’ Association

The Tideway Owners’ Association was formed in 1963 to further the enjoyment of this classic 12’ dinghy. Owners of around half the Tideways ever built are members of the TOA, making it one of the most successful traditional sailing dinghy classes in the country. The association also welcomes owners of Tideway 10s and 14s.  

Annual membership of the TOA offers excellent value at £12 and provides 3 quality newsletters each year (you can find a sample copy here); weekend and day meetings around the country, an annual race meeting for single and double handed crews;  a list of boats for sale and advice on technical matters.

You can find more information in the TOA Information section of this website including how to join, a list of forthcoming meetings, the class and association history and rules.

Acquiring a Tideway

You can obtain a new Tideway constructed with a GRP hull and an extensive mahogany fit out, giving a boat which requires little maintenance but with a traditional look or in traditional copper riveted clinker.

Tideway Dinghies are the current builder of GRP Tideways.  Under owner Mari Riva, Tideway Dinghies are based at the East coast boatyard of A. Riva and Son Shipwrights Ltd, well established classic yacht restorers who have operated in the Maldon area for over thirty years. Link To Tideway Dinghies Website

Good Wood Boat Company are the current builder of Mahogany on Oak clinker Tideways.  Owned by Stephen Beresford,  Good Wood hand crafts wooden boats in Cockermouth in the Lake District using responsibly managed and ethically sourced timber. Link to Good Wood Boat Co Website

Contact the boat builders via their websites to get further information and current prices.  If you would prefer a second hand boat, The Tideway Owners’ Association maintains a list of secondhand boats for sale.

Link to the RYA
The UK’s National Association  and
Authority for all  forms of sailing

Link to Tideway Dinghies
Builders of the GRP Tideway

Link to Good Wood Boat Co
Builders of the Wooden Tideway