Solutions to two common boating problems is what led Jeff Strong, now chief executive officer, to found Tides Marine in 1991. Today, the Deerfield Beach, Florida-headquartered company owes its quarter-century longevity to innovating proven remedies for leaky shaft seals and mainsails that are difficult to raise and lower single-handedly.
The seeds for the company’s start were sown when Strong, an avid boater and sailor, experienced a failed shaft seal on his own boat. Alternative seals leaked or were difficult to maintain, so he decided he needed to ‘stop the drip’.
“It took us 6 to 8 prototypes but the Tides team produced the first Strong Seal a few months later,” says Strong.
Similarly, Strong’s 42-foot cat ketch sailboat could be sailed by one person but the only hitch was that the sails on both masts were raised and lowered over a 7/8-inch stainless track. This was incredibly difficult for one person to do alone, so again he put the Tides team to the task and ultimately installed the UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight) track system with naval brass slides on his sailboat. The first track systems were brought to market in the early 1990’s and are widely used to this day throughout the world.
Over the past twenty-five years, Tides Marine has designed and manufactured American-made marine system components which improve vessel performance and reliability, solve unique marine system issues, reduce the need for scheduled maintenance and provide worry-free, long-term boating enjoyment. The company also distributes Aqualuma underwater LED lights and Mate USA-brand rub rails, pumps and horns. Tides Marine works with over 1,000 shipyards and repair facilities throughout the U.S. and abroad.
“We have many new innovative products on the drawing board,” says Alexandra Bader, president of Tides Marine’s Aqualuma division. “Our goal is to keep our customers and their family and friends, safe and happy while they boat.”