Cockwells Titian Tender
October 16, 2018 Boat International: A Titan masterpiece

It took a South Korean artist and a British boatbuilder to bring to life Gaya, the 10.5m teak tender that wowed Simon de Burton.

Dave Cockwell freely admits that he wasn’t over-endowed with qualifications when he left school at the age of 15. l t didn’t matter to him, because he’d discovered his vocation years before – and it lay in boats.


Despite not coming from an especially nautical family, Cockwell had barely reached double figures before he was helping his plasterer father convert an old ship’s lifeboat into a rudimentary cabin cruiser in the garden of their Bristol home. By the time he was in his teens he had become well known around the city’s harbourside as “the lad in the little RIB” who would do odd jobs on boats for pocket money.


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