Category: Yard News

Cockwells Launches First Hardy Motor Yacht in Cornwall

Following Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding’s acquisition of Hardy Marine’s assets last year, the award-winning company marks its 25th anniversary in business with another history-defining moment: the launch of its first Hardy 42 in Cornish waters.

Described by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine as ‘the serious cruiser’s choice’, and arguably the class leader of her size and type, the Hardy 42 is an exceptional vessel with outstanding sea-keeping capability at more than 25 knots. Blending elegant looks with luxurious accommodation and wide, safe, walk-around decks with a generously-proportioned aft deck and flybridge, she provides plenty of outdoor living space.

The 31st Hardy 42, which is the first to be completed by Cockwells, is also the first of the renowned Hardy brand of all-weather motor yachts, designed by Andrew Wolstenholme, to incorporate hybrid propulsion and a digital switching system for full control and monitoring of all the vessel’s systems via the 16” Raymarine displays in the wheelhouse and flybridge helm positions.

Cockwells will continue to build the Hardy 42 to its well-respected traditional design but the Company has also designed two entirely new models – the Hardy 45 and Hardy 53 – to deliver the ultimate modern cruising experience for multi-generational maritime adventures, for which it will launch detailed specifications at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show.

Cockwells’ Hardys provide an incredibly sturdy, safe, spacious and stylish home from home that are perfect for coastal cruising anywhere in the world, and we are immensely proud to build them,” explains Managing Director and Founder, Dave Cockwell. “Whether you plan to navigate great seaways, island-hop in the Caribbean, stay close to the coast of the British Isles; fancy a Baltic crossing, cruising inland waterways, or sailing the Mediterranean, across to Malta and out into the Aegean Sea, the possibilities are endless.”

Based on the classic Hardy 42 hull, the all-new Hardy 45 is not only designed to deliver outstanding performance across the spectrum of marine environments. The vessel is ergonomically designed to provide personal space for all aboard. There are two en-suite state rooms: one VIP guest suite forward, with scissor-action V-berths that convert into a double with ease, and a luxury cabin aft that allows privacy for time out – an air-conditioned sanctuary to cool down in, away from the heat of the midday sun or a centrally-heated cocoon to cosy-up in when cruising in colder climates.

New side window profiles soften the exterior and a flush-closing side-deck, with doors port and starboard, provides easy access to the helm and spacious saloon, which exudes contemporary style. The layout of the flybridge seating has been modified to maximise space and enhance comfort. A radar arch replaces the radar mast of the original design to accommodate a clear sliding door between the aft companionway and aft deck where you can dine beneath the stars.

Based on the tried-and-tested Hardy 50 hull, the new Hardy 53 reflects the look and feel of the Hardy 45 but offers three luxury cabins as standard; and a larger swim platform to accommodate the boat’s RIB or tender, providing more space for entertaining on the aft deck.

“As with our popular range of Duchy Motor Launches, you can have any layout you choose,” adds Dave Cockwell. “Whether you opt for a galley in the saloon, and a larger VIP guest cabin forward with separate heads and shower cubicle in your Hardy 45; wish to convert the third cabin of your Hardy 53 into storage space for your paddleboards, bikes and other toys, or create a fourth cabin by incorporating the galley within the saloon, we can create a Hardy that is uniquely yours.”

Cockwells is also committed to building the Hardy 40DS and 52DS models to their original designs, and has already completed its first Hardy 52DS hull. This striking explorer yacht, developed from the Hardy 50, which is ideal for exploring in all weathers, offers double-berthed en-suite owner’s accommodation; two twin-berthed cabins with shared heads/shower, and a generously-proportioned deck saloon and cockpit area with plenty of space for dining.  There is also the option of a spacious flybridge for relaxing and enjoying the view.

“For anyone excited to own this boat for sea-faring adventures next year, our first Cockwells’ Hardy 52DS is ready for her interior fit-out. Why not design her to your precise requirements at an advantageous price?” adds Dave.


For further information please contact our sales team on +44 (0)1326 254990

Control & Monitoring

Precise control and monitoring of the onboard systems allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride!

Whether you are gently cruising along the coast or punching into a head sea, having full control over the vessel and to be able to monitor how the systems are performing from the protection of the helm position is vital.

Every Hardy we build is ‘Designed for Comfort, Built for the Sea’.

Hardy Customisation

We offer bespoke interiors on all our range of motor yachts, working closely with the client to achieve their individual style, everything from interior joinery species and upholstery, through to lighting, fixtures and fittings.  Alternative layouts are also available to suit cruising requirements with family and friends.  The images are from Hardy 65 ‘Maresia’ which can be viewed here as an example of our work.

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements:

Windboats Centenary

“Windboats diversified once again and in 2013 the company acquired the well-known and highly respected Norfolk motorboat builder Hardy Marine from Len Funnell….”

2020 marks the centenary year of the Windboats name in Norfolk, a boatyard with a rich and interesting history.  Read the full story by clicking on the title below:

(link) 100 years of Windboats

The early years transporting to the sea



Colin Mudie

Everyone here at the Hardy yard is saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Mudie RDI CEng FRINA FCSD – designer of the early Hardy range when the company was founded in 1976.  Initially small motor-sailers but soon followed by the ever-popular models such as the Family Pilot 20, Fishing 20, 24 & 27 with their distinctive rope fendering on a wide blue hull stripe.  Close to 4,000 boats of his design were launched during his era with Hardy.

In his 93 years he become known by many within the industry, from his small mass-produced designs through to large tall-ships such as the 23m training brig ‘Royalist’ and the 43m Sail Training Ship ‘Lord Nelson’.  He was also a life Vice President of the RNLI in recognition of his active involvement at local level in Lymington where he lived, along with being an ambassador for the Jubilee Sailing Trust which allows many thousands of people, including those physically disabled, to enjoy the experience of sailing on a tall ship.

A huge loss to the industry, our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.

Kids Corner!

If you have children getting a little bored at home, download/print the line drawings below of some of our popular models.

We would love to see their talented work, so take a photo and email to us and we will post on our social media – maybe there is a new budding yacht designer in the family!

H65 line drawing

H42 line drawing

H36 line drawing

Hardy Bosun

Hardy 18 Navigator

Hardy 26 Mariner

Some have already been busy…..

by Betsy from Norfolk

by Anthony from Worcestershire

by Mollie from Hampshire

Hardy 32DS ready for handover

‘Grey Goose’ is the 24th hull of this popular model and is being handed over to her owners this week.  They will take her from Ipswich to her permanent berth in Fowey, Cornwall. (once Storm Ciara passes through!)

Oak interior with horizontal grain, fully spec’d for all year round use, even has air-conditioning!

We welcome them to the Hardy family and wish them many happy years of Hardy ownership.

Latest Hardy 32DS launched

Hardy 32ds

Last week saw the launch of the latest Hardy 32DS to leave the yard, the 24th of this popular model, which will be handing over to her owners at our Sales Office in Ipswich and initially heading to the south coast UK before crossing the English Channel where she will be based in NW France.  Moulding of the next H32DS has begun which will launch at the end of the year.

Hardy 32ds

Hardy 32ds

Hardy 32ds