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Nautical Tide Clocks

Updated on April 15, 2011

Know the Tides with a Nautical Tide Clock

If you enjoy coastal waters, you know how important it is to know the tides. Nautical Tide Clocks provide an easy way to keep up with the tides with a quick glance. Here you'll find information on this tide clock and many more plus additional tide clock information featured below.

Time and tide

wait for no man.

A famous quote reminds us

that time and ocean tides

will never be interrupted.

Kepler Tide Clock on Cherry Wood

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WS077 Kepler Tide Clock on Cherry Wood-9inches Diameter
WS077 Kepler Tide Clock on Cherry Wood-9inches Diameter

Resting in a warm cherry base with a broad border is a solid brass tarnish-proof frame.The tide clock inside that frame has a circle-tipped needle and a compass design at center post.

9" diameter

 

Tide Clock in Oak

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9" Tide Clock with Convex Glass Lens and Oak Base by West and Company
9" Tide Clock with Convex Glass Lens and Oak Base by West and Company

Atlantic Coast Tide Clock

Solid wood case in Dark Oak with convex glass lens

Requires 1 AA battery not included

Measures 9" diameter by 1 7/8" deep

 

More options for Tide Clocks - Huge variety

This box is set to look for tide clocks at ebay. When I searched around to check out the styles, I saw several nice ones made of brass, mahogany, ships wheel style and porthole styles as well.

Nautical Tide Clocks

*These tide clocks are most accurate on

the East Coast of the United States.

For other tidal bodies of water they

will need to be re-set more frequently

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Deep Cherry Finish Tide Clock

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9" Tide Clock with Glass Convex Lens by West and Company
9" Tide Clock with Glass Convex Lens by West and Company

This is my favorite type of tide clock where the numbers are large so it's easy to read with a quick glance. This is the brand we own. Not the exact same style, but the same maker, West and Company.

 

Tide Clock by West and Company - Galleon design on tide clock dial

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Nautical Tide Clock Galleon Ship Dial by West and Company Dark Oak
Nautical Tide Clock Galleon Ship Dial by West and Company Dark Oak

Solid wood case with brass hanging hook

Nautical style dial trimmed in brass metal

Requires 1 AA battery not included

Measures 5" diameter by 1 5/8" deep

 

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea."

- Isak Dinesen

High Tide vs. Low Tide

Our favorite beach, Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Time between high tides (high tide to next high tide) is about

12 hours and 25 minutes. Low tide being half-way between.

So from high tide to low tide is about 6 hours and 12 minutes.

The picture on the left is high tide and on the right is low tide. Use the jetty for a reference point. From these pictures it's easy to see why it's important for us to know when to go beachcombing. At high tide, there's very little beach.

What causes tides?

Find the answer here:

Tides Explained

Moon Chart
Moon Chart

Initial set up of your Tide Clock

*Most instructions are the same

I'm sharing the instructions that came with our tide clock for a reference. Most tide clocks have these exact instructions, but be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions for your Tide Clock if they are different.

Obtain a local Tide Table and a calendar that shows the days of the full moon, new moon, etc. On the day of a full moon insert one "AA" battery precisely at the time of high tide according to local tide tables. If the Tide Clock is set correctly on the day of the full moon it will display the minimum "error" throughout the entire month. Usually the discrepancy will be less than 30 minutes and therefore will be unoticeable. Typically, only four or five days each month will have a difference as great as an hour.

*These instructions are typical, but check the manufacturer's instructions that come with your clock.

Our Tide Clock was a Christmas gift and unfortunately we missed setting it on the next month's (January's) full moon. So we had to wait for February's full moon. We marked it on the calendar and set alarm clocks to go off to remind us to insert the battery at exactly high tide.

Buy this Moon Poster at AllPosters.com

Know your tides with a nautical tide clock
Know your tides with a nautical tide clock

More reasons to own a Tide Clock

Some are my own reasons,

and some are what I've witnessed

happening to others.

Certain fish bite better during different tides. There are varying opinions on which fish bite best on what tide. Our family likes to catch flounder on a falling tide. We catch/eat a LOT of fish so we are doing something right!

Pleasure boating is best at high tide. Boating at high tide puts the bottom of the boat as far as possible away from the bottom of the waterway so you are less likely to hit submerged items. Also some waters are only navigable at high tide.

Clearing bridges. Some boats MUST wait for low tide to clear low bridges. Sailboats especially with their tall masts.

Don't get caught unaware! I witnessed a group of people returning to their beach party...not by walking down the beach, but by way of a bridge. They crossed a shallow inlet at low tide from one beach to another and continued walking down beach #2. When they returned to the inlet to cross it once again, it was too deep to cross because of the rising tide. They had to walk to a nearby (not really nearby) bridge to return to their original loction.

Has the tide ever caught you by surprise?

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Oh, not the tide, but perhaps the ex, you know? Seriously, my Norwegian stepfather had one or two of these which I remember seeing until the day he died. I wonder if mom has them someplace?

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I love nautical décor, Great Lens!