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Our Team

We pride ourselves on our passion for quality craftsmanship and our attention to detail

When we design and build a yacht to your exact specifications, we realise that we are not just creating a bespoke vessel but fulfilling a dream.

Every aspect of the process is underpinned by respect for Cornwall’s rich maritime heritage and an acute understanding of how time-honoured skills can combine with the latest technology to offer the best of both worlds – the clean lines of a traditional craft with state-of-the-art performance.

Management Team

Heading up our 40-strong company of professionals and craftsmen is our experienced management team

Dave Cockwell

Dave Cockwell

Managing Director and Founder

Having dedicated his entire working life to the building and restoring of wooden boats, Dave is a skilled shipwright. With extensive experience of every type of hull construction and joinery, he is driven by the search for the ultimate challenge.

Patrick Aston

Patrick Aston

Project Manager

Rob Birch

Rob Birch

Project Manager

Rob has been working at Cockwells since 2013 and has been the driving force behind our ever-expanding range of Duchy Motor Launches.

Will Davidson

Will Davidson

Engineering Manager

Louise Muir

Louise Muir

Purchasing Manager

Louise joined us in 2015 to fill the ever-increasing gap in our office team as a result of our continuous expansion. As a buying manager, Louise now takes care of all our stock both for the yard and the boatbuilding business.

Tristan Rowe

Tristan Rowe

After-sales care manager

Tristan grew up in Mylor, spending much of his life on and around the water, and he has amassed more than 20 years’ experience of working within the marine industry. Since 2007, he has worked at Pendennis Shipyard as a member of their sales team. He joined Cockwells in 2018 as after-sales care manager.

David Townrow

David Townrow

Refit Manager

Dave has been living in Cornwall for many years and has been working in the marine industry even longer, including running his own boatyard. In 2016, he decided to join Cockwells as a refit manager and bring with him his wealth of expertise.

Henry Ward

Henry Ward

Design Manager

Henry is our resident creative genius who develops new designs and produces our construction drawings. He joined our management team straight after graduating with a BA(Hons) degree in Transport Design and exhibiting his final-year project at London’s prestigious New Designers show.