May 5, 2005 Cockwell Boatbuilder

A boatbuilder who stands out from the crowd, Dave Cockwell is different for all the right reasons.

Although I’ve met Dave Cockwell several times before, on this occasion we sit in his office, going through his history. He moved here, to this yard at South West Shipyard, Ponsharden, Falmouth, in 2002. The yard is a bustle of activity as he races to complete an Ed Burnett-designed 32ft (9.8m) twin-screw, Gentleman’s picnic launch called LIITTT – known as L2T.


Alongside lies the National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s ‘park and ride’ ferry Kingsley IIII, which is almost ready to be relaunched after a paint job and the fitting of a forward hatch. Next door, his workforce are silently having their lunch break. I suspect straining ears are keen to hear what their respected boss has to say.


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