Cornish boatbuilder expands with acquisition

United Kingdom
4th September 2020

Cornish boatbuilder expands with acquisition

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has acquired Hardy Marine, the Norfolk-based motor boat builder.

The Cornish boatbuilder Cockwells, which constructs superyacht tenders, motor launches and sailing yachts, is also the originator of the customisable Duchy Motor Launches.

From its purpose-built, low environmental-impact HQ at Mylor Creek near Falmouth in Cornwall, Cockwells enjoys a reputation for building beautiful bespoke boats, and its boatyard is also equipped to offer refits, restorations and engineering services. The company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021.

By 2021, Cockwells, which operates another site in Falmouth, will have built 32 Duchy Motor Launches since the company launched the Duchy 27 in 2011, and demand continues to outstrip supply.

With a heritage spanning four decades, Hardy Marine has earned its reputation for building sturdy, high quality, all-weather motor boats that combine excellent engineering with impressive seakeeping and elegant interiors. The hulls of the Hardy 26 up to the Hardy 65 are semi-displacement designs from the drawing board of UK naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme.

Dave Cockwell, founder and MD of Cockwells, commented:


Cockwells’ purchase of Hardy Marine will also create jobs, with the company already increasing its staff headcount from 30 t0 80 in recent years.

Dave Cockwell continued:

The Cornish boatbuilder Cockwells has appointed Julian Weatherill from Hardy Marine to the position of sales manager in order to sustain the continuity of the brand.

Julian Weatherill said:

Cockwells’ purchase of Hardy Marine has been made possible as a result of a £3.15m investment fund from Business Investment for Growth (BIG), financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the Cornwall Development Company.

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