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...
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.
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.
If you want to find out more, you can get in touch with the designer himself by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cockwells 650 SR: Specifications
Waterline length: 5.70m
Loaded Displacement: 1,350kg
Engine: Weber MPE 850
Max Speed: 34 knots
Passengers: 4 (+1)
RCD Category: C
www.henryward-design.com / www.cockwells.co.uk
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 www.boats.com: 10 great British boat builders.