History before Tideman HDPE Boats

Tideman HDPE boats were not the first Tideman Boats. Family tradition runs deep. The fascination with boats began with Bruno Joannes Tideman (1834 – 1883), a Dutch shipbuilder who founded modern shipbuilding in The Netherlands. His innovative ideas earned him a Royal decoration. This Bruno’s life work would inspire many more Brunos to follow in the workboat and shipbuilding industry.

History continues with Tideman Boats, founded by Bruno Tideman—a dreamer of boats, a boatman at heart, and a workboat designer constantly creating. If you visit Amsterdam, Bruno will likely show you around personally!

historic painted portrait of a man wearing a military uniform and holding a sword while sitting

In 2006, Bruno Tideman started the company by designing and building the perfect fast and durable workboat for rough environments. Seven years later, he introduced virtually indestructible HDPE boats – the Tideman Rigid Buoyancy Boat (RBB), featuring a 100% HDPE hull design. The Tideman HDPE RBB has a service life much longer than competing boats, has a low carbon footprint, requires no bottom paint or gel coat, is 100% recyclable, and is virtually indestructible.

Since formally beginning production and delivery of HDPE boats in 2013, European organizations such as Damen, BP, Boskalis, and Astaldi have been utilizing Tideman Boats for their clients and marine operations.

Tideman HDPE Boats & Tideman Marine Story

Tideman HDPE Boats US Forms Tideman Marine

Until recently, Tideman Boats have not been available in the US. In February of 2022, Tideman Boats US opened its doors.  Tideman Boats US formed partnerships with US boat manufacturers, offering Tideman standard hulls to these partners to outfit.  Before long, we realized we could provide more than HDPE hulls to the marine industry and formed Tideman Marine. We continue to offer boat manufacturers our Tideman standard hulls. Whether you need an open center console layout, a cabin boat, or an electric, diesel outboard or inboard water jet propulsion, these manufacturers will provide you with a solid Tideman Boat built with an HDPE Tideman standard hull. Boat manufacturers have the option to private label. See more here

Tideman Marine products are manufactured in the USA in a thermoplastic welding fabrication facility that has been designing, manufacturing, and providing high-impact solutions for many industries, including fire, marine, and aquaculture, since 1986. The two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities have the latest cutting, routing, welding, and testing equipment.

Tideman Marine - More Than HDPE Boats

Tideman Marine is proud to continue the legacy and tradition of Bruno Tideman in North America. Tideman Marine goes beyond the “Built to Last” HDPE boats established by Tideman. We will deliver standard and custom-designed and fabricated hulls and other innovative components to the marine industry. Our custom marine products included boat rubrail, custom barges and custom DEF tanks for ships. We also can upgrade your existing marine product to HDPE. Tideman Marine provides HDPE solutions that can withstand the abuse of the marine environment.

Standards and Conformity

ABYC Boating Safety member logo

American Boat & Yacht Council 

To be the essential source of technical information for the international marine industry.



Mandatory conformity marking for regulating the goods sold within the European Economic Area.

DNV GL Maritime logo

DNV-GL Maritime

World’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry.

bureau veritas logo

Bureau Veritas

A world leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC).

Netherlands Maritime Technology member

Netherlands Maritime Technology

Trade association is the first port of call for and primary representative of the Dutch maritime technology sector.

IMCA logo

International Marine Contractors Association

A leading international trade association for the marine contracting industry.


From the Sea

Tideman Marine is one of the world’s leading HDPE marine product manufacturers.