Motorboat & Yachting: After selling its first model to China, Cornish motorboat manufacturer Cockwells has announced plans to expand its operations, following a highly successful summer, and is planning to take more staff.
The custom boatbuilder is aiming big, following a successful showing at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September), which saw its first sale to the Chinese market.
The 9.5m Limousine model will be used as a tender for an 88-metre superyacht, the yard told local newspaper Falmouth Packet.
Managing director Dave Cockwell told the news provider: “I am very much looking forward to expanding our skilled team of craftsmen here at Cockwells with more self-motivated and keen individuals in order to meet the growing demand.”
He added that moving into international market has always been a key part of their long-term growth strategy. Earlier this year Cockwells expanded its range with the 33 Impulsive and the 27 Launch (pictured above), about which boat test editor Jack Haines wrote: “Sometimes you have to step back and admire a boat for its sheer beauty.”
Pratical Boat Owner: Action at Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 starts tomorrow, 10 October, and will continue until Sunday. Recognised as the third largest boat show in the UK, organisers are hoping to top last year’s record visitor attendance figures.
This year’s show has been designated a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014 Official Event’, which means that visitors will be able to enjoy a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage.
Organisers are also hoping to attract a record number of exhibitors to the 2014 show. Many major marine companies confirmed to exhibit this weekend, also took part in the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Boats of all shapes and sizes will be exhibited from dinghies to luxury powerboats and classic yachts.
RYA Scotland will be holding sailing taster sessions on the Drum racing yacht and dinghies. Also on the water but for the more adventurous visitor, there will be the chance to try Flyboarding.
PBO at the show
The Practical Boat Owner team will be returning to the show once again, with PBO Editor David Pugh and Deputy Editor Ben Meakins on hand to chat to readers.
David said: ‘We hope to see you there – the show is growing all the time, and offers a great opportunity to look at both new and second-hand boats, check out some of the latest gear and, of course, pick up the latest issue of PBO.’
Visitors can enjoy the RYA Scotland Marquee filled with companies exhibiting the latest marine and leisure products plus the RYA Scotland Theatre – a purpose built exhibition space hosting a range of workshops, expert lectures, competitions and special activities for the kids.
Expect cars from Bentley, Maserati and, for the first time, McLaren – a Farmers Market, the Clyde-Life Style Marquee showcasing Scottish craft companies, performances from choirs and pipe bands, plus the chance to take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina to see the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde.
Watch the skies above Scotland’s Boat Show at 2pm this Sunday and enjoy the skills of the Royal Air Force and the aerobatic display of their Tutor aircraft.
The Met Office is forecasting light showers for tomorrow, followed by sunshine and cloud on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday.
The show opens daily at 10am and admission is free – car parking is available for the nominal charge of £3 per vehicle.
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