Traditional boat builder Cockwells have designed a superyacht tender capable of carrying a bullet-proof, armour-plated Range Rover

Falmouth-based Cockwells boat builders are changing the meaning of ‘motor launch’ with this new landing craft from their premier collection of custom-built superyacht tenders.

The 14.5m craft is a drive-on, drive-off vessel that allows owners the luxury of taking a car with them wherever they go. The tender can even carry the £400,000 Range Rover Sentinel, a bomb-proof luxury armoured vehicle that weighs nearly 4.5 tonnes.

Hand-built in the UK, the car is designed to withstand 7.62mm, high-velocity, armour-piercing incendiary bullets and even blasts from DM51 grenades.

Cockwells’ new tender means that even the most security-conscious superyacht owners can take their car with them wherever they go. The company claims the new landing craft will have a maximum speed of 20 knots with  a car on board or 35 knots without.

It is powered by twin 260hp Yanmar 6BY3-260 engines.

A hydraulic bow ramp prevents the boat from grounding as you drive the car on, stops it lifting when the car drives off and ensures that the whole platform is completely stable when ashore.

Cockwells 14.5m launch can carry a Range Rover

Cockwells 14.5m landing craft can carry a Range Rover Sentinel

A modular floor system with various attachment/fixing points, a crane on the port side and a folding carbon fibre bimini cover add to the luxury  appeal.

With its 14.5m LOA and 3.4m beam, two helm seats to starboard, a forward-facing bench seat on the front of the helm console and a day head inside it accessed by a sliding door, this custom landing craft offers comfortable space for 12 guests and two crew members. Additional beach seats rise from the cargo area on electric struts when not in use.

“Once again, we’re combining innovative engineering with exquisite craftsmanship to produce a design that stands out from the crowd, uses 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,” said MD Dave Cockwell.

He said that there is no other British design to rival his 20-year-old company’s effort in this field.

Although Cockwells is best know to MBY readers for its Duchy range of traditional GRP gentleman’s launches, it has recently ventured into custom built superyacht tenders.  It showed its two latest 7m superyacht tenders on board Sybaris at the recent Monaco Yacht Show. Sybaris is a 70m Perini Navi ketch.

It is looking for potential clients to start custom-building this new car-carrying design.



LOA: 14.5m

Beam (max): 3.4m

Stowed depth: 2.33m

Air draft: 1.8m

Displacement:            5.5t (without car)

Engine: 2 x 260hp Yanmar 6BY3-260

Max speed: 20 knots with car, 35 knots without car