Marine leisure industry boost thanks to boat show success
By Tom_Bailey | Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 18:02
Cornwall's leisure boat industry has had a shot in the arm thanks to the success of a Cornwall boatbuilding specialist who has gone down a storm at a major boat show.
Duchy 27 at speed
Cockwells, based at Mylor Creek Boatyard, will soon be recruiting for two new jobs following a successful showing at the 2012 Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, where it sold two Duchy 27 motorboats valued in excess of £300,000.
The Duchy 27, a semi-production motor launch fitted with a 200hp Toyota-based Nanni diesel engine capable of 25 knots, was displayed out of the water in the Boardwalk section of the London show.
One couple from the Isle of Wight came to see the Duchy 27 'in the flesh' after their interest had been piqued by many positive reviews since its launch by HRH the Princess Royal in Cornwall in July 2011.
They were impressed with build quality, performance figures and layout and made their order the same day. Another visitor, enamoured with the Duchy 27 at last year's Southampton Boat Show, made the trip to the London show especially to make his purchase.
"The sales reflect a growing confidence in the leisure market which is great for all of us. I believe, as an industry we need to build ourselves out of the recession with high quality products and a friendly and efficient service," said Dave Cockwell, managing director and founder of Cockwells.
"As an artisan boatbuilder in Cornwall, it's up to us to lead the charge with yachts that display a high level of quality and fine detail workmanship. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond when it comes to craftmanship and the amount of interest generated at the London Boat Show definitely reflects that."
As a result of the purchases and the growing popularity of the Mylor Creek Boatyard where Cockwells is based, the company is now looking to recruit two new experienced shipwrights. They are currently advertising these positions.
The first of the Duchy Motor Launches marque, the Duchy 27, features polished styling, fine detailed custom woodwork, solid build quality and relaxed handling characteristics.
While the line of Duchy Motor Launches represents an expansion into semi-production boats for Cockwells, each vessel is built with bespoke fittings and woodwork which are specific to individual owners. One of the boats sold at the boat show, for example, will be fitted with a hard-wood tantalus – a special rack to hold precious decanters, displaying them in style regardless of the motion of the boat.
At the show Cockwells also exhibited Ocean Fauna, one of their bespoke builds, which is for sale by her current owners. A unique beautiful 32-foot gentleman's launch built entirely from wood and available for viewing at Mylor Creek Boatyard.