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Modern and Classic Boatbuilding

“Before the days of GRP boatbuilding, people could go direct to almost any boatyard and commission the boat of their choice. Nowadays there is very little opportunity to do this. Our mission at Cockwells is to bring back this service to those who appreciate fine vessels and a high level of craftsmanship. Individuals who come to us are looking for something different we make sure they do not have to compromise.� Dave Cockwell

The Company Cockwells specialises in building and restoring classic yachts, both power and sail. Dave Cockwell, master shipwright and founder of Cockwells, has dedicated his working life to building and restoring wooden boats. After several years of running his business at Underfall Yard in Bristol, in 2002 he and his wife Jo moved to Cornwall where they set up Cockwells Modern and Classic Boatbuilding in Falmouth.

The Cockwells Team Our staff are selected not only for their high levels of skill and expertise but also for their enthusiasm and commitment to what we do.

All our skilled craftsmen have a lifelong passion for traditional, bespoke methods; each has knowledge and experience all but lost in the modern boatbuilding industry. At Cockwells we combine these skills with state-ofthe-art engineering and modern boatbuilding techniques to create truly uniqueorresults. For more details visit call 0871 8732404 2

Both in the workshop and the office our dedicated team work closely together to deliver beautiful vessels individually designed and meticulously finished. Apprenticeships At Cockwells we are committed to training. We believe that wooden boatbuilding is a contemporary and relevant skill which must be passed on to future generations. We run a four-year apprenticeship programme providing young people with hands-on training working alongside our skilled shipwrights. We see this as a crucial part of our company’s development.

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Tradition and innovation Cockwells builds and restores beautiful classics using both traditional wooden boatbuilding skills and contemporary wood/composite construction. At Cockwells we combine the style and romance of a classic yacht with all the benefits of modern technology and luxurious interiors. New-builds: We can build Classic sailing yachts and motor launches to a design you have already commissioned. We can build replicas to the same lines as an original boat or

we can facilitate the whole design and build process working with you all the way to ensure your exact requirements are met, from hull and deck to systems and interiors. Superyacht Tenders: Using wood/composite construction we can design and build a launch to suit your exact weight and size restrictions. We can create fine, unique interiors matched to each owner’s taste with every detail finished to perfection.

Restorations: We restore yachts to a very high standard. If you already own a yacht that needs to be bought back to her former glory or you are thinking of buying one, call Cockwells for your initial consultation.

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From sailing yachts to gentlemen’s launches, from superyacht tenders to traditional ferries, Cockwells are always pleased to discuss your commission


Saw Mill and Timber Supply At Cockwells, quality control begins at the source. Historically boatbuilders would always store and saw wood they required on site. Learning from this tradition and with the support of Working Woodlands, Cockwells invested in a Forrester 150 sawmill, which is capable of cutting 1.5 metre diameter lumber up to 15 metres in length. Dave Cockwell now personally sources all the timbers used in the yard both locally and further afield. Timber is selected both in rounds and standing trees and transported to our farm in Cornwall where it is seasoned until ready for use.

Scottish Boatskin Larch, Opepe and English Oak is stored ready for selection for planking, keels and frames. This old-fashioned approach enables us to guarantee the quality of our raw materials and allows us to select perfect timbers so the natural grain of the wood then matches the contours of the vessel. Cockwells is also a timber supplier to other boatbuilders and amateurs alike, both locally and further afield.

“A boat builder who stands out from the crowd. Dave Cockwell is different for all the right reasons.”

Sustainability Cockwells’ tree planting scheme is operated in conjunction with The Silvanus Trust. The scheme ensures that, every year, in Cornwall, we plant a minimum of five times the number of trees we use. The trees are planted in sustainably managed woodlands and our hope is that in 100 years from now some of them will still be around to support boatbuilders of the future, whilst in the meantime they enhance our local environment and help to reduce atmospheric CO2.

Classic Boat May 2005


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Photos: Andrew Montgomery, Country Living Magazine; Ray Little, Classic Boat; David Glen, Yachting World; Malcolm Bryan; Mash Derrick; Nigel Sharp; Nick Bailey; Ed Martin

Design: MJT Design, Bristol

Print: Doveton Press, Bristol

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