The design process for custom superyacht tenders

We are happy to work with either our own designers or those selected by our clients. We are ready to work through the design process with the team or individuals concerned. If the design concept is already on the drawing board we can help turn it into reality.


Each vessel is custom built so we can meet your exact requirements for size, weight and passenger capacity. Electrically-operated retracting deck houses, screens and masts can be incorporated to accommodate your height restrictions. If weight is an issue we can suggest ideas for weight reduction using composite technology.

Working methods

We are experienced in all areas of design provision, working closely with designers, design teams and project managers to transform your technical requirements into a stunning yet practical craft.

Regulatory bodies

Every tender can be built to comply with the EU Recreational Craft Directive or any other recognised standard.


From open-air runabouts or covered air-conditioned limousines to spacious weekenders, we build to any design.

Using our specialist joinery skills we create unique interiors matched to each owner’s taste with every detail meticulously finished. Our classic style combined with state-of-the-art technology ensures comfort and safety for all passengers.

All our interiors are handcrafted in the finest materials. Construction can be in solid wood or, where weight is an issue, in a wood-veneered foam sandwich, with finishes including well-known species such as teak, mahogany, oak and walnut or other more exotic varieties.


Cockwells are most well known for building timber hulls, using both traditional and modern strip-planked epoxy-sheathed methods.

We also build with lightweight composite technology. Some time ago, recognising that this is a very specialised technical form of construction, we took the decision that we should sub-contract composite work. Since then, we have been working closely with local companies who are experts in their field, and regularly use epoxy-infused Aramid e-glass foam sandwich. They can produce very high quality hulls and decks in their climate-controlled workshops, and we can then complete them to our normal high standards with the installation of joinery, deck fittings, engineering and electrical systems, all finished with the highest quality paint and varnish systems.

We can also offer a wide range of external finishes on the outer skin of the hull from a resin-infused veneer (with a choice of timbers) giving high-durability and outstanding natural beauty, to high-quality paint systems.

There are a variety of deck finishes available, which range from resin-infused laminates to traditionally laid teak.

All construction methods will be tailored to your specific requirements.


With a number of different powering options we can tailor the tender to suit the owner’s and crew’s preferences. From a big steady Volvo to the ultra-lightweight FNM, from stern drive to shaft drive, a perfect match for you and your mothership can be achieved. With regard to fuel capacity, range would normally be in the region of 150 nautical miles at a cruising speed of around 30 knots. Maximum speed is likely to be around 38 knots. This can vary dramatically depending on the specification.

Electrical systems

Generators and shore power systems are available options, as well as climate control, entertainment and hi-fi systems.

Navigation Equipment

Compass, log, echo sounder, VHF, GPS, chart plotter and autopilot are all standard.

Deck Gear

The high quality standard deck gear includes an electric windlass and a stainless steel anchor. In addition to this, we can also produce individual castings and fabrications for that personal touch. All these fittings can be in a variety of finishes such as bronze, chromed bronze, 316 stainless steel or nickel plate etc.

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Monaco Tender - SOLD


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SOLD - Our 9.5metre Monaco Tender was recently for sale. She was built especially for the Monaco Yacht Show last September where she transported VIP guests, including the RAF Red Arrow pilots, around the event. Please click here for more information.

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