Good Wood Boat Company

Traditional wooden boats

New Tideway Complete

Good Wood Boat Company’s latest wooden Tideway is now complete and took pride of place on our stand ant Beale Park boat Show.  The photo shows vistors admiring her copper fastened, mahogany on oak, traditional construction.

Tideways at Marconi

The Tideway Owners Association has one race meeting a year, the Tideway Challenge Trophy. This year the race was held at Marconi Sailing Club on the Blackwater, Essex.

Andante (TW1) recently repaired by Good Wood Boat and expertly sailed by David and Debbie Phillips, won all three races.

TW520 Dunlin, a Good Wood Boat Co. new build, sailed by Richard & Sylvia Colley, also achieved a creditable 3rd position.

Andante Gets New Garboards

Andante, Tideway sail number one, has recently been repaired by Good Wood Boat Co.  Andante is the Tideway that has won the Challenge Trophy more times than any other boat.  She came to Good Wood for new garboards, hog, timbers (ribs), rubbing strakes and varnish.  Good Wood Boat wishes David and Debbie Phillips ‘good starting’ for the Challenge Trophy to be held at Marconi Sailing club in a months time.

Wooden Tideway New build

Our latest new build, a wooden Tideway Deluxe, is ready for fit out.  The picture shows her oiled mahogany hull with steam bent oak timbers recently fastened in place and her inwales fitted. The centre plate case is waiting for cappings and the centre thwart and the fore deck work has started with the main deck beam being postioned.

Look out for this boat at Tideway Owners Association events in 2012.

Tideway hog & keel replacement

The picture shows Tideway TW47 Gannet with her new keel and hog in place.  This iconic challenge trophy winning boat came to our workshop with a clear mandate:  Replace her backbone, make her structurally sound and above all else “keep her shape”.  We’re pleased to report that she leaves the workshop today, not only with the same shape, but also, “in great shape”!

Tideway TW233 Restoration Complete

The restoration of Tideway TW233 was completed this month and boat returned to her delighted owner who thought she looked like new!   The photo shows the finished results, complete with blue sails, blue buoyancy bags,  blue halyards and blue tiller extension.  Watch out for this  stunning boat in the Lake District over this summer.

Timber (Rib / Frame) Replacement



Tideway 359 has recently been at our workshop to have a number of her timbers replaced.  With age and repeated cycles of movement the timbers crack, especially in the area of the mast thwart, where the loading from the mast and the shrouds is concentrated.  The photos show ‘before’ and ‘after’.  Please contact us if you need this kind of work carrying out on your wooden boat.

TW359 Gets side benches

We have recently fitted forward side benches to TW359 a Tideway Deluxe.  This has made the boat more ammenable for sailing with a crew.   Good Wood Boat Company wishes happy sailing to all her new crew members!

Beale Park Boat Show Report

Good Wood Boat exhibted two clinker dinghies at the 2011 Beale Park boat Show.   Wooden Tideway TW233 a restoration project nearing completion and a new build – National Redwing R249.

The Tideway was exhibited to illustrate the quality of varnish finish that can be achieved following non-caustic chemical stripping of the original coating.  TW233 has also had her timbers replaced and a number of plank splits and rot spots repaired.  These repairs were highlighted using labels, as were our custom made buoyancy blocks which we manufacture to suit the wooden Tideway and other classic dinghies.

Varnish Stripping a Clinker Dinghy

Good Wood Boat Co. have teamed up with Pheonix Furniture Restorations ( to offer a varnish stripping and fine finishing service for classic wooden boats.  Pheonix are specialists in the area of sympathetic restoration and conservation of heritage interiors where the emphasis is on consolidation rather than over restoration.  Andy Blundell of Pheonix is a fully accredited member of British Antique Furniture Restorers Association BAFRA.

    The photo illustrates varnish stripping TW233 at the Pheonix workshop prior to repair work and revarnishing at Good Wood Boat.