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Nestaway Sectional Boats are all designed in bolt-together sections that can be fitted inside each other, for easier transport and storage.

People often ask us “won’t the water come in?” and the simple answer is “no!”. The reason water doesn’t come in is that a Nestaway is like two (or in some cases three) separate smaller boats which join together to make one (rather more useful) larger one. It’s perhaps clearer if we add that the bulkheads at the joints (both sides of the joint) finish above the waterline.

Of all the ranges we sell, an assembled Nestaway is the most “normal” to look at and indeed on first glance many potential customers do not even realise that the boats divide into sections. Our 9ft Clinker dinghy (pictured left) is a good example: unless you look really carefully it’s very difficult to tell that this boat has a joint in the middle.

There are currently three different models of Nestaway, please click on the links below to find out more:

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8ft Nesting Pram Dinghy

This is where the whole Nestaway Project started: a two-piece yacht tender designed to store on the coachroof of our founder’s 31ft yacht. He wanted a practical dinghy that was seaworthy, good to row, and had the option to sail.

The Prams have also proven popular as “tenders” to motorhomes; the Pram shape maximises internal space and carrying capacity for a given length.


9ft Clinker Dinghy

This is our most popular Nestaway, both pretty and practical. Developed from an elderly ship’s tender, she is beamy and deep for her size, and notably stable.

Current regulations on buoyancy mean that we can only rate her for 3 adults; 20 years ago one might have said 4 or 5 without too much trouble…

In sailing mode she is very comfortable for two, and there’s easily room for a couple of kids to come along too.

Trio 14 Skye 290

Trio 14 – 14ft Multi-purpose Boat

The Trio 14 is a truly remarkable boat designed around one “non-negotiable” point: it had to fit in the back of a medium to large estate car. That way, you wouldn’t need a trailer, and won’t have any struggles getting it on/off a roof rack. As a result (to fit between the wheel arches) it’s relatively narrow for its length but that in turn makes it a pleasure to row and amazingly efficient under power (it will plane with a 2.5hp outboard!). We are pleased to say the whole idea has been very popular.

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