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New MD for Cockwells

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has appointed Dean Short to the role of MD.

Founder, Dave Cockwell, will take up the dual roles of executive chairman and sales and technical director.

Dean previously held the position of director of operations at Princess Yachts for more than six years.

His appointment will enable Dave to focus on developing new products, increasing sales and driving technological innovation.

The company has a full order book stretching into 2025 including orders for Duchy Motor Launches, Hardy Motor Yachts and superyacht tenders.

The team at Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding - photo courtesy Cockwells
The team at Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding – photo courtesy Cockwells

“It is a real pleasure to welcome Dean on board having personally been at the helm and steered the ship through considerable growth over the last 20 years,” explained Dave.

“It is fantastic to have recruited somebody with such a wealth of experience and knowledge, not only in boatbuilding but also in manufacturing, to help take command of this expanding company.

“We have extensive growth plans for the coming years and are now operating over three sites with a workforce of more than 150 staff to meet the ever-increasing demand for the bespoke superyacht tenders, Duchy Motor Launches and Hardy Motor Yachts that we are proud to design and build.”

Dean added: “I am really excited to be joining a business with such a rich heritage, such a prestigious product range and a great team here in Falmouth. “I am inspired by Dave and his shareholders’ drive, passion and enthusiasm to significantly grow the business and to continue to build the global brand it is today. It is a real privilege for me to be part of this winning team and to lead it forward as we embark on this exciting new journey together.”


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