Festive greetings from Cockwells

23 December 2010

Festive greetings from Cockwells

New Yard, New Motor Launch, and New Staff - It is all happening at Cockwells!

This has been an extremely busy year for Cockwells with some big changes.  At the beginning of the year Cockwells took over the running of Mylor Creek Boatyard and in the spring we moved our entire workforce and workshops over. We are now permanently based in this lovely creek side location.  This has been a great move for Cockwells enabling us to broaden the services we provide (see below) to a wider base of customers. It has also given us the opportunity to expand our team adding some great staff members who bring valuable new skills with them.

In the yard we have started to build the first of our new semi-production Motor Launch – the Duchy 27 detailed below.  We also have some prestigious refit jobs and have finalised the design of the superyacht tender which we intend to begin building next spring.


We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and we look forward to welcoming you to our new yard sometime next year.  In the meantime we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  Happy sailing for 2011.

This year, instead of sending Christmas cards Cockwells will be taking their usual costs and donating them to a local Cornish Charity CYMAZ (Cornwall Youth Music Action Zone). Cymaz is a  countywide charity helping young people to take part in music, radio and performance opportunities, particularly those who wouldn’t normally have the chance.  To find out more about this inspiring and worthwhile charity visit ~



The New Home for Cockwells – Mylor Creek Boatyard

Cockwells is now permanently based at Mylor Creek Boatyard in Mylor Bridge, close to Falmouth in Cornwall.  This new location includes over 3 acres of picturesque riverside property, enabling Cockwells to offer boat owners storage ashore, beach moorings, a 75 tonne slipway and, most importantly, ready access to the extensive range of skills of the Cockwells team for all your repairs and maintenance - whatever your craft.

Cockwells continues to specialise in building bespoke classic yachts, launches and superyacht tenders. Each boat is individually designed and built to suit the owner’s exact requirements.  The team's vast knowledge and respect for traditional shipwright skills combined with advanced engineering and modern techniques enables them to create outstanding leisure and commercial vessels.

We have made plenty of improvements since we took on the running of the yard earlier this year.  As well as a big tidy up this includes painting, resurfacing, new toilet facilities and 40 new electricity meters.  We have up graded our boat-moving machinery which means that we now have the capacity to lift up to 20 tonnes. For larger boats we have two traditional open-air slipway facilities (which can be covered) with the capacity of 75 tonnes and 8 foot draft.   For even larger boats we have our new floating dry dock which can also be covered.  The maximum size boats that can use this facility are 25 metres in length, 7 metre beam, 4 metre draft and a maximum of 200 tonnes. (See below)

With Cockwells team now permanently based at the yard we can offer you ready access to an extensive range of skills including electrical and mechanical engineering, traditional shipwrighting, joinery, laminating, painting to awlgrip standard, anti-fouling – pretty much whatever you want!

Whether your requirement is simply winter storage and an engine service, a strip and repaint, the full restoration of a classic, or a new build come and visit us at Mylor Creek Boatyard to view the facilities and discuss your needs.

Cockwells New Dry Dock

In order to facilitate our customers with larger vessels we realised that we needed to overcome the draft restriction caused by being located at the top of a creek. We also required a larger internal dry heated space for boats up to 25 metres.

The best way forward was to get a floating dry dock.  So we decided to create one for the yard by converting a 35 metre Dumb Barge.

In November we craned our first yacht into the barge (Shoo Shoo, a 20 metre Jongert, with 5 metre beam and 3 metre draft, weighting 40 tonnes).  Once safely stowed we towed the barge up the creek to her berth in our yard where her winter refit work has commenced.

The barge will be covered to create a dry internal heated area for painting etc..


The launch of the New Duchy 27

Earlier this year Cockwells acquired the rights to build and market the Aquila motor launch.  We have spent the last few months refining and developing the design and will be re-launching the yacht as the Duchy 27.

The Duchy 27 is a semi-production motor yacht built with all the care and expertise that we at Cockwells devote to our bespoke classic yachts.  The first Duchy 27 is sold and currently under construction with the planned launch date of April 2011.

As some of you may remember, the original Aquila earned some very enthusiastic testimonials from the yachting press for being a handsome yacht with versatile weekend accommodation, elegant styling and classic looks.

Visit the new Duchy 27 at the Cockwells yard in the spring and you will immediately appreciate her enhanced specification and build quality. She is fitted with the new generation 200 hp Toyota based Nanni diesel giving her a comfortable cruising speed of 15 knots and a predicted maximum speed of 22 knots. These engines, which are fitted to the Toyota Land Cruiser, are renowned for their reliability, quietness and smoothness. The new cockpit design enables a more capacious and convivial seating arrangement and the hand-built interior exudes class and quality. Cockwells’ engineering innovation, boat building expertise and superb craftsmanship combine to produce a quieter and more refined motor yacht.

We are sure that you will be impressed by our launch and we very much hope that you will visit us to inspect her, share our vision and experience the Duchy 27 for yourself.


Cockwells Classic Launches in the Yard

If you are interested in seeing the range of motor yachts available from Cockwells, this winter is a great time to visit.

As well as the first Duchy 27 under construction we also have our Cockwells 32 and 37 on site this winter which are both great examples of what can be achieved.

If you are interested, do give us a call for a viewing appointment.


Examples of refits in the Yard

With around 100 boats in our yard this winter we have a variety of jobs ranging from major refits to simple but essential paint work as you can see from examples below.

De Hoop:  This early Dutch 20 metre sailing barge is in for a complete back to bare steel refit.  This includes new machinery, new windows, new paint and new interior and exterior.

Shoo Shoo: This 20 metre Jongert is being repainted with Awlgrip, recaulking the decks, full machinery overhaul and other general maintenance and servicing.

Norwegian Blue:  Famous for traversing the Northwest Passage along with countless thousands of cruising miles, she is a custom built 40 foot steel yacht in for shot-blasting, painting and winter servicing.

Uska Dara:  45 foot cold molded gentleman’s motor yacht built by Pendennis returns to us again for painting and servicing.

Pinuccia: A beautiful and locally well-loved carvel built classic 8 metre yacht returns to us again for painting and winter maintenance.


New Faces at Cockwells

Each year our team at Cockwells gets stronger with each new member brings additional skills enabling Cockwells to broaden the range of services we provide to our customers.

Karen Smith: Yard Development Manager
Karen was previously working at  Gweek Boatyard and has bought a wealth of experience in boatyard management and operations.  Beginning her marine career with an HND in Marine Craft Technology Karen is also a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster and experienced skipper.  At Cockwells Karen is responsible for the overall management of the front office and Mylor Creek Boatyard.

Phil Austin: Senior Projects Manager
Phil has actually been working with Cockwells nearly 3 years as a senior shipwright and will be familiar to many of you. 

However Phil has recently been promoted to his new position, Senior Projects Manager.  Responsible for overseeing the multitude of projects within the yard, Phil now manages the boatbuilding team to ensure all jobs are completed efficiently and to Cockwells required standards.

Stuart Noxon: Marine Engineer
Stuart is the latest edition to our team.  He is multi-talented and brings a wealth of experience in maintenance engineering, welding and plant maintenance.  Stuart is responsible for all the boat movements around the yard.

Alasdair Grant: Trainee Shipwright
Alasdair came to us from Lowestoft Boatbuilding School with the highest recommendation from his lecturers.  He has grown up on and around boats on Isle of ewe in Western Scotland. He is proving to be a valuable member of the team and is continuing to broaden his experience as a traditional shipwright.

Job Opportunities

Cockwells are on the look out for skilled craftsmen for their increasing workload.  If you have a high level of skill in the marine industry and you would like to join the Cockwells team forward your cv to Dave Cockwell at or by post to Mylor Creek Boatyard, Mylor Bridge Cornwall TR11 5NS

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