HRH The Princess Royal braved the elements yesterday as she visited Mylor-based boatbuilder Cockwells to unveil its latest vessel.
The production of the Duchy 27, a classic gentleman’s motor launch, marks a culmination of 15 years of buoyant business for the Cornish boatbuilder which has doubled its workforce, doubled turnover, and taken over new premises in the past two years.
Traditionally producing bespoke boats, the Duchy 27 is Cockwells’ first foray into production boats, Duchy Motor Launches. Importantly though, the team are still keen to showcase the best of Cornish craftsmanship in the Ducky 27 with the hand-built English oak interior including special touches like the hand-blown glasses from St Ives and local bone china crockery.
This latest project provides the company with the potential for further growth with the ability to produce at least 12 craft per annum retailing individually at £120k (ex vat).
Director Dave Cockwell said: “It has been a great honour for us to have Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal here to unveil our first Duchy 27 and a wonderful recognition of the skills and commitment of the Cockwells team.”