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Race to find skilled staff as Mylor boatyard's £1m order book grows

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

  • The Farouk, a 'gentleman's' motor launch built by Cockwells boatyard in Mylor, is taken out for a sea trial by its new owner and friends

  • The Farouk underwent a traditional champagne launch at Cockwells boatyard. She has been named in memory of her new owner's best friend

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This Cornish-built ‘gentleman’s’ launch will soon be leisurely traversing the Norwegian fjords, while the boat yard that built her races to find the skilled staff it needs to keep up with a growing order book.

Mylor-based Cockwells marked the Farouk’s launch in time-honoured tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne over her bow this week, before its new owner and a party of friends took her out for an exhilarating sea trial.

The motor launch will be used by her new owner to travel between his island home and the mainland.

A five strong Cockwells team headed by project manager Mark Baker spent seven months building the craft.

The luxury boat can sleep two people, with its deck house and internal joinery made from solid teak. Its cockpit can seat 12 guests around two tables and a similar commission would cost you around £180,000, excluding VAT.

With a growing £1 million book – which includes a project under way to custom build an eight metre superyacht tender – managing director Dave Cockwell has said that recruiting skilled staff to meet the growing demands of the business is a priority.

It is currently looking for skilled workers who can hit the ground running, creating several new permanent roles at the yard.

Mr Cockwell said: “We need at least half a dozen new skilled staff from all trades including, engineers, electricians, boat builders and also a project manager or two.”

Cockwells is anticipating signing yet another new build contract this month, with more orders likely to be secured at forthcoming boat shows, beginning with the Jersey Boat Show this bank holiday weekend.

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