Cockwells designs 14.5m luxury landing craft tender
by Chris Jefferies
British tender specialist Cockwells has released its latest custom vessel design, a 14.5 metre luxury landing craft.
Despite its 3.4 metre beam, this design retains a sleek aesthetic, which was created by the yard’s in-house team. Loading capacity is for up to 12 guests or a luxury car such as a Range Rover Sentinel.
Dave Cockwell, founder and managing director of Cockwells, said that the design “utilises every inch of space, including bow storage for the anchor and fenders, and incorporates a wealth of features that make it highly desirable and a joy to handle.”
The landing craft features an aft console layout with two helm seats and an enclosed heads compartment with a sliding door. When left bare, the forward storage area can be used to carry a luxury car, motorcycles or ATVs, with a hydraulic bow ramp that adds to stability while loading. A portside crane offers further loading options.
Seating for up to 12 guests rises from the landing craft’s deck via electric struts, meaning that this vessel can also be used as a passenger tender. The folding carbon fibre bimini allows this area to be completely shaded when needed.
Power comes from a pair of 260hp Yanmar 6BY3 engines, which give this luxury landing craft an unladen top speed of 35 knots, although this drops to 20 knots when fully loaded.
Based in the Cornish port town of Falmouth, Cockwells has created several custom superyacht tenders over the years, most recently a pair of 7 metre limousines for the 70 metre Perini Navi ketch Sybaris.