Niche British boatbuilder Cockwells has been enjoying exciting times of late. In the past couple of months the company has adopted a posh new logo, introduced a pair of new custom launches, signed a contract with G L Watson to build its 7.6-metre Classic Tender, provided sponsorship for the Pendennis Cup with a pair of VIP tenders and announced that they are taking inquiries to build the dramatic, Venetian-style, 10.5-metre Limousine Tender by Sebastian Prolo. Now, however, there is some even more interesting news – and it comes in the form of a remarkable new 6.5-metre jet boat...

Cockwells 650 SR - Asymmetric design

The Cockwells 650 SR asymmetric design is very striking and peculiarly practical.

Conceived by bright young designer Henry Ward, the new 650 SR (Sport Runabout) is a strikingly asymmetric plaything, with a wraparound screen that stops short on the port side to generate an easy embarkation point for passengers. The helm seat is also positioned slightly further forward than the nav seat to help create the extra space required for easy movement around the cockpit.

Cockwells 650 SR: Champagned locker

No cockpit is complete without a concealed Champagne locker.

Powered by a 155hp Weber motor, the 650 should be capable of around 34 knots, which makes it ideal for watersports – and with a shallow draft and jet propulsion, it also looks very useful as a tool for nosing close in to beaches for exploration and picnics. To add variety to your day out, inboard entertainments include a Fusion marine stereo, a neat, retractable swim platform, a Champagne locker beneath the port side of the aft bench and a pair of helm seats that open out to create twin fore-and-aft sunpads.

This delicious looking piece of design uses a lightweight composite hull finished with non-slip metallic Awlgrip detailing, plus pleasantly swept teak strips that mirror the asymmetry of the screen and cockpit – and while it will no doubt rouse big interest from the superyacht tender brigade, it ought to be just as effective as a standalone boat.

Cockwells 650 SR: Designer

If your interest is roused, you can email the designer for further details...

If you want to find out more, you can get in touch with the designer himself by emailing

Cockwells 650 SR: Specifications

LOA: 6.50m
Waterline length: 5.70m
Beam: 2.30m
Draught: 0.42m
Displacement: 1,000kg
Loaded Displacement: 1,350kg
Engine: Weber MPE 850
Max Speed: 34 knots
Passengers: 4 (+1)
RCD Category: C /


If you love a bit of handmade originality, then British boatbuilder, Cockwells is made to measure: Cockwells 9.5 tender: First look video and they feature in 10 great British boat builders.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.