The custom boat building journey begins with a conversation. We discuss how you will use your boat, what your needs are and will explore your ideas and visions. Our goal is to deliver a custom boat that not only exceeds your expectations but one that is uniquely yours.
Once we have developed a concept for the boat, we liaise with Naval Architect, Matthew Smith from Barrington, Rhode Island, to design the hull and create a 3D computer image to check lines and dimensions. From there, a full-size building jig is cut by a CNC router. Then the real work and sculpting begins.
Tidal Creeks Boat Works uses the traditional cold-molding, diagonally-planked process. We differ slightly from traditional methods as 60 percent of the computerized CNC building jig actually becomes an integral part of the finished hull. After the hull is skinned with a combination of Douglas Fir and Oukme plywood, three to six layers of fiberglass and epoxy resin are applied to the exterior to create a very strong, stiff and lightweight hull.
After the flip, the remaining part of the jig is removed. The hull then has established main stringers, deck stringers and bulkheads in place. This method produces an exact copy of the computer-generated plans and the perfect foundation upon which to build the rest of the boat.
At that point, engines, fuel tanks, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and electronic systems are installed. The talented craftsmen then start the process of making the boat fair, smooth and shiny, which ultimately completes our goal of creating a timeless, hand-built masterpiece.
Tidal Creeks Boat Works designs each boat for ultimate performance and sea-keeping ability. There are no short cuts, no inferior cut-rate products — only the best materials, engines, hardware and accessories go into our boats. Our priority is to have trouble-free, reliable performance for as long as possible.
When you own a Tidal Creeks boat, we make sure you have what you need, when you need it. We put a part of our heart and soul into each one of our boats, it’s not just a product going out the door.
We build long-lasting friendships and welcome each new boat owner, and their family, into ours. Our service yard in Nantucket, MA is designed to support you both on the water and in the off-season.