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Award-winning Cornish Boatbuilder acquires Norfolk-based brand, Hardy Marine

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has acquired Hardy Marine in a deal that will result in the further expansion of this award-winning Cornish company that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021.

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 from its Norfolk base.

From its purpose-built, low environmental-impact HQ at Mylor Creek near Falmouth in Cornwall, Cockwells enjoys a reputation for building beautiful bespoke boats – from ultra-luxurious superyacht tenders and stylish motor launches to traditional sailing yachts.

Cockwells is also the proud originator of Duchy Motor Launches – a prestigious, semi-production brand that echoes the classical designs of the gentleman’s launch of generations past. These stylish vessels, that range from 21ft to 60ft, can be customised with a seemingly limitless number of optional extras to create a cruising environment that is the pinnacle of modern luxury.

Additionally, Cockwells’ Mylor Creek Boatyard is fully equipped to offer refits, restorations and engineering services for local yachts and superyacht tenders from all over the world.

Delivering a range of boats that meet a variety of requirements, the Hardy name has become synonymous with quality, comfort, strength and experience. This, together with superlative after-sales support, has translated into a loyal customer base, repeat business and robust brokerage values.

In parallel with Cockwells’ Duchy Motor Launches, the hulls of the Hardy 26 up to the Hardy 65 are semi-displacement designs from the drawing board of Andrew Wolstenholme, who is, arguably, the UK’s leading naval architect in this category.

“Both Cockwells and Hardy are committed to building exceptional motor boats that deliver style, reliability, customisation and all the advantages that technological advances can supply,” explains Founder and Managing Director, Dave Cockwell.

“The Duchy is predominantly a stylish day boat and occasional weekender. The Hardy is the Duchy’s rugged, sea-faring cousin. Cockwells are often asked to build bigger boats for cruising; The Hardy is ideally suited to that market.

“We plan to build on the seakeeping and styling of the Hardy brand, and introduce Duchy-like finesse to some of the fittings such as Cockwells’ famous joinery and cutting-edge superyacht technology – to make the Hardy even more yacht,” Dave adds.

By 2021, Cockwells will have built 32 Duchy Motor Launches since the company launched the Duchy 27 in 2011, and demand continues to outstrip supply. Cockwells plans to chart the same course with the Hardy 32 to 65 range and increase demand for these exemplary trawler yachts.

The Duchy 35 and the Hardy 65 are past winners of Motor Boat & Yachting Awards, and both brands attract customers who seek high levels of customisation and craftsmanship.

Cockwells’ purchase of Hardy Marine will also create jobs. The company already operates from two sites – one in Falmouth as well as the Mylor Creek Boatyard – and has increased its headcount from 30 t0 80 staff in recent years. Cockwells has appointed Julian Weatherill from Hardy Marine to the position of Sales Manager in order to sustain the continuity of the brand.

“The many synergies between Cockwells and Hardy make this a perfect match for me,” explains Julian. “Having worked with Hardy clients and owners for the last few years, I am passionate about the brand and know that this new alliance will propel it forward. I am equally delighted to be working with the Cockwells team to drive the sales trajectory of its highly-prized Duchy Motor Launches.”

“Whilst many other companies are laying off staff as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Cockwells is proud to be employing more people,” comments Dave. “We have our own in-house design department as well as our own engineering capability and electronic programming. We make our own joinery; we manufacture our own components and sub-contract almost nothing. On the rare occasions that we do sub-contract, we partner with local businesses. We have a dedicated after-sales team, which is very important, and we are undergoing a transition to lean manufacturing to increase productivity and enhance our working environment. With an already successful growth strategy, an international reputation for excellence, a healthy forward order book and our acquisition of the renowned Hardy brand, we are in a very strong position to face the future with confidence.”

Cockwells’ purchase of Hardy Marine has been made possible as a result of funding from Business Investment for Growth (BIG). Financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the Cornwall Development Company, this £3.15m investment fund aims to create 175 skilled jobs in Cornwall.

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About Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding is based in Mylor Creek Boatyard near Falmouth in Cornwall, at the westerly edge of the UK. 

We build bespoke superyacht tenders, motor launches and sailing yachts in any material to your precise requirements and our exacting standards. We are also the proud creators of the Duchy Motor Launch brand – a prestigious semi-production launch with a range of 21ft to 60ft. Our Mylor Creek Boatyard is also fully equipped to offer refits, restorations and engineering services for local yachts, and superyacht tenders from all over the world.

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About Hardy Marine

Hardy Marine was founded in Norfolk by John Hardy in 1976. Initially, the yard built small motor boats designed by Colin Mudie. High demand led to the company’s facilities in North Walsham being expanded to their current size in 1982 and the brand subsequently expanded to include the Seawings range.

The semi-displacement Hardy 36, designed by award-winning naval architect, Andrew Wolstenholme, was introduced in 1997, followed by the Commander 32 and Commodore 42 a few years later. Building on the reputation for their fine seakeeping characteristics that these motor yachts generated, the Hardy 50 hit the market in 2004. The first of the company’s flagship design, the Hardy 62, was completed in 2013, and later rebadged as the Hardy 65 when hull #02 was launched in 2017.

In 2013, Hardy Marine came under the ownership of the Windboats Group, which has been boatbuilding in Norfolk since 1920. The Group imbued the Hardy brand with the expertise and design flair that it had developed whilst producing almost 300 Oyster world-cruising yachts of up to 72ft, and invested significantly in developing the mould tools for the Hardy range.

The Windboats Group went into administration in April 2020 – not because of the Hardy brand, which has a healthy order book – but as a result of financial difficulties and the negative impact of COVID-19.

During the past 40 years, Hardy Marine has delivered more than 4000 boats worldwide, which ranks the company as one of the most prolific British boatbuilders. Premium build quality together with first-rate customer support have ensured repeat business and robust resale values.

hardymarine.co.uk | twitter.com/HardyMarine1 | facebook.com/HardyMarineofficial | instagram.com/hardy_marine


Clive Edwards is a HOC Member with a Hardy Pilot 20SE mv "FELICE" which i will be using in connection with this WaterWatch initiative

Whilst emailing I should mention that any HOC members interested in getting involved with WaterWatch will be welcome to join the Merchant Navy Association as an associate member (Sub is only £8.00 per annum) and then become a member of our waterWatch crew.

The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club

Commodore: Clive Edwards, 19 Horsford Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UH

Tel 01305 781725, email commodore@seafarersafloat.uk

 Merchant Navy Association Boat Club to launch  “WaterWatch”

Following the formation of the partnership between the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and the RNLI last autumn to promote the RNLI#s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterways the RNLI has recently re-branded its former Community Safety operations as “Water Safety”    

For some years the MNA Boat Club has operated a scheme to promote maritime safety under the brand name “SeaVue” whereby Boat Club members undertake to act as watchkeepers afloat to “Spot, Plot, and Report” incidents, potential incidents and hazards whenever they go afloat and to alert the Coastguard accordingly, in a manner very similar to the National Coastwatch (NCI) operating from their fifty or more look-outs around the coast

Given the involvement the MNA Boat Club now has with the RNLI in respect of promoting the Respect the Water campaign on inland waterways the Boat Club is now in the process of launching its  “MNA WaterWatch” scheme whereby MNA Boat Club members will undertake the same “Spot, Plot and Report” activities in respect of the UK’s inland waterways, including rivers, canals, lakes and the Broads. Initially the MNA WaterWatch scheme will be launched as a “pilot scheme” in their East Anglian region

The MNA’s WaterWatch members will operate both from their own boats and/or from ashore by means of ad-hoc patrols and will of course report to the relevant waterway authority rather than to HM Coastguard unless the incident is in an area such as a major tidal river or estuary. In some cases it may also be appropriate to report incidents  to the Nautical Institute’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting scheme known as CHIRP

The new MNA WaterWatch scheme is now  featured on the www.seafarersafloat.com website where details of the MNA Boat Club’s various other activities are also to be found

For further information contact Clive Edwards  on 01305 781725 or email commodore@seafarersafloat.com  or Steve Walker (MNA Boat Club East Anglian regional Chairman) on 07769 725434, email wavewalker@btinternet.com

Clive Edwards, 28th May 2020


We received this press release from Craftinsure, one of the advertisers in our magazine and website. Is this a new way of arranging your boat insurance?

Boat Insurance sails into the 21st Century

 Craftinsure.com, which has been setting the pace since becoming the first online boat insurer back in 2000, has turned the old fashioned world of boat insurance on its head again. The first boat insurance App that has full functionality, allowing you to manage your boat insurance, at your convenience, on your phone, is now available.

 We can use our phones to bank, to call a cab and to check the weather, so surely you should be able to sort your boat insurance out on your mobile?

 Craftinsure has not made the boring world of boat insurance really interesting, but we believe we have made it really easy.

 As you would expect, the App will notify you of forthcoming renewal and you can change your premium payment method on the App.

 You can also make a claim direct from the App on your phone and check progress through the App. The repairers you may need to get back on the water are all on the App and are listed nearest to where you are.

 You can take pictures of your boat along with expensive bits of kit and store them in the App, so if the worst happens, the claim is made easy.

You will be able to geolocate your boat on the App and so it will alert you when a major storm is on the way, but it will only give you the ‘heads up’ if the storm is likely to hit you.

To download the App simply open https://www.craftinsure.com/app on your phone

We received this press release from the Merchant Navy Association which may be of interest to our members.

Commodore: Clive Edwards, 19 Horsford Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UH

Tel 01305 781725, email commodore@seafarersafloat.uk

Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Boat Club  become RNLI Ambassadors to promote the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterways

On behalf of the MNA Boat Club I’m delighted to announce the publication of the attached leaflet outlining the partnership  between the MNA Boat Club and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).to promote the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign to reduce the number of drownings around the coast and especially on our inland waterways. 

  I am delighted that the hugely respected RNLI has recognised the experience, skill and knowledge of MNA members by choosing to work with the MNA Boat Club.  The RNLI has now extended the opportunity to all members of the MNA with an invitation for them to play a part as “Ambassadors”  in promoting the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign aimed at significantly reducing the 150 plus fatalities each year as a result of drowning.

“I am delighted to be working alongside the MNA with this initiative. We have a variety of ways of promoting our safety messages, but nothing beats a face to face conversation with a knowledgeable person. MNA members acting as RNLI Volunteer Ambassadors will be able to pass on their experience and knowledge to others in order to save more lives around our coasts and waterways.” Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner.

For further information please contact:

Seafarers Afloat: The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club - Supporting the RNLI 'Respect the Water Campaign'  
Seafarers Afloat website

Katie Beney, RNLI National Community Safety Partner,
Email Katie_beney@rnli.org.uk

Clive Edwards, MNA Boat Club Commodore 
Email clivecgedwards@gmail.com