The first Walker 12’ clinker-built Gunter Sloop was designed and built in 1954 by L H Walker Limited of Leigh-on-Sea  Essex.

 

Early Walker  Boats were made in a number of length from 8’ to 14’ and with many variations in fixtures, fittings, sails, rig and hulls, but it was soon clear that the 12’ Sloop, Clinker built in mahogany on oak with a sliding Gunter rig, was undoubtedly the most popular.

 

By 1960 the complexity of variations had resolved itself into three main forms of Boats depending on the extra features fitted to the basic hull these were

 

The Popular - (un-decked, galvanised fittings, no stern locker, rear side benches only).

 

The De-Luxe - (foredeck, galvanised fittings, side benches, and stern locker)

 

The Super - (fore and side decks, stern locker, gun metal fittings and slatted seats)

 

The boats continued to be built by Walkers until 1979 when trading ceased and the frames were destroyed, the last boats were sold in 1980.  At least 504 12’ boats were built and recorded as Tideway's.

 

Since 1980 a number of other Boat Builders have built Tideway's to specification and measurement and these are eligible for class membership.

 

There is a comprehensive numbering system to enable all boats to be easily related to their year of origin. The original PY rating was 1447 but this is no longer current although it can be used as a guide when racing against similar age boats.

 

Generous measurement criteria allow for changes of shape through age and design variations during the early evolution of the dinghy. Variations between the Popular, De-Luxe and Super versions and between Gunter and the few Bermudan rigs make little practical difference to performance.

 

* Length  12’  *  Beam  5’  *  Sail Area  77.5 sq ft *

· All up weight from 250 to 320 lbs depending on model *

 

If you are interested in buying a Tideway contact the Secretary or any of the committee

(see CONTACTS page) who often know of available boats.

The Tideway first built by L H Walker in 1954 is the ideal boat for leisure and coastal cruising - not only lovely to look at but a joy to sail for beginners and old hands alike

A Wooden De Luxe Tideway built 2009.

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