Unfortunately, in modern business we rarely see relationships which stand the test of time, which makes the relationship between Bruno Tideman and Alamarin-Jet even more special.
Bruno Tideman is the owner of TIDEMAN BOATS – the small Dutch boatbuilding company making huge waves in the commercial marine market – and has been building boats with Alamarin-Jets since he quit his old life in the city and started living his dream in the marine industry.
It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Bruno but with the success of Tideman Boats it is clear that every step of the journey has been used to great effect in building the brand known for INDESTRUCTABLE WORKBOATS.
The first vessel built with Alamarin-Jets was the Silverbreeze 800, an 8m aluminium tender for pleasure application fitted with AJ 230 and a Steyr MO256K43 engine. Unfortunately, after several years the market dried up with the world financial crisis and the venture was no more, as with many boat builders at the time.
Bruno then made his way out to Vietnam to work for a Dutch Shipyard, he discovered a company building high quality RIBS for the Asian market and realised there was an opportunity to take the product to Europe. Working with Herman Vroege at Euro Offshore, the two men started build the Blue Spirit range of vessels in Europe, varying propulsion options were built including outboard and sterndrive with Alamarin-Jets preferred as the jet option coupled with Steyr and Marine Diesel Sweden engines.
In 2011, Bruno visited a small town called Härmä in Finland, the home of Alamarin-Jet. During that week – like so many before and after – Bruno learnt of the passion and commitment of the people who work at Alamarin, but also the engineering excellence and quality of the product…not to mention a lot of Finnish beer and Saunas! It was then that he decided that commercial vessels with waterjets were what he wanted to build.
After this Bruno parted ways with Euro Offshore and started a new boatbuilding company called Dutch Workboats (DWB) with a focus on robust, simple and efficient workboats, with the first jet vessel being the DWB 8.5m fitted with 450HP diesel engine (either MDS or FPT option) and AJ 288 jets.
The design approach at DWB was different to most builders and Bruno continues the same philosophy today, instead of designing a hull and finding a propulsion system to fit afterwards, they chose a propulsion system – in this case engine with Alamarin-Jet – and working with the Alamarin technical team they designed the vessel to have the optimum characteristics to suit the jet package (LCG location, deadrise, beam etc…) which meant they have vessels which perform at their very best.
In 2013, while visiting Perth in Australia, Bruno discovered a boat builder using HDPE as a construction material and quite simply he was caught hook, line and sinker. Following this Bruno visited those already building in the material such as Seahorse Marine in the UK and Rhino Boats in South Africa to learn about the construction process and then, back in the Netherlands started the construction of HDPE vessels with DutchWorkboats with a simple design premise, they must fit in a container for transport and be as simple as possible.
Bruno’s mind was clear that HDPE was the future, and in 2015 he separated from DWB to open Tideman Boats as purely a HDPE boat builder while DWB would continue with Aluminium vessels.
Now 1 year old, Tideman Boats have built their 14th vessel and continue to grow from strength to strength, and Alamarin-Jet are very proud to be a part of the success. The main selling point again being the toughness of HDPE and Tideman Boats choose Alamarin-Jets as they can keep up with rigours that any user can throw at them.
Working closely with boat builders and building relationships stronger than a ‘pricelist’ is a core value for Alamarin-Jet, and it is clear here how both parties enough the fruits of such a strong partnership.
Alamarin-Jet would like to thank Bruno for all of his work over the years and look forward to continuing the tradition of success long into the future.