7 DUCHY 45 ANNOUNCED
Peter Cumberlidge: “During the glorious summer of 2018, calm seas and long balmy days were ideal for paddleboarding, which is fast becoming the simplest, most economical way to go cruising”
Cockwells has announced a new flagship to its Duchy range of traditionally styled motor launches. The Cornwall-based company launched a 35 at the Southampton Boat Show last year to augment the Duchy 21 and 27 already in production. At this year’s show the company took the wraps off designs for a 45ft version, announcing that the first two boats are already sold and in build.
The semi-custom 45 follows the traditional styling of the 35 on the outside and serves up either a two-cabin galley down or three cabin galley up layout on the inside. The hull design is by Andrew Wolstenholme and is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drive engines for an estimated top speed of 32 knots, although shaft drive engines will also be available. Key options include a flybridge, gyro stabilisation, a wet room and fully integrated control system for the helm. Prices start in the region of £800,000 plus VAT.
We enjoyed a glorious summer here in Devon. Start Bay was calm for weeks, with canoeists outnumbering motor boats and yachts on some occasions. There were also plenty of paddleboarders, not just splashing about in the shallows but purposefully tracking close inshore between Dartmouth and Start Point. This fabulous coast has beautiful coves and beaches for boarders to stop at, with great cafés and pubs to hand.
When I think about it, there seem to be paddleboarders everywhere. Jane’s sports physio recently paddled from Scilly to Land’s End – 27 miles on the chart but much further if the tide turns foul. One of our nephews lives in Australia, north of Sydney, and he paddles to work from his private jetty.
Earlier this season we stayed a while in Perros-guirec, an attractive Brittany marina due south of Dartmouth. Perros is a restful, sociable place, a natural harbour for lingering, so we always do. On our second day I strolled out to the breakwater before lunch and gazed across the shallow drying bay, where acres of sand were uncovering.
Before the water vanished altogether, a paddleboarder arrived at the pier. He was a lean-looking Frenchman with a slightly scholarly air, rather like a history master. He wore a wetsuit and a waterproof backpack which, I learnt, contained a change of clothes, toothbrush and a credit card for emergencies. This game traveller had come down from Tréguier, inside all the coastal reefs. From the lower Tréguier River, a local short cut leads out to the north and a paddleboard can then follow the mainland through a secret corridor of tidal sounds and sheltered lagoons. To those in the know, this route continues all the way to Perros, so my man had a completely smooth trip in fabulous surroundings. Next day he’d be pressing on for Trébeurden through more inner channels.
In the morning we were sipping coffee when I saw the history master launch his board and glide off to sea again. By the time we were under way, I couldn’t spot him as we passed the gleaming Perros beaches and headed west inside Les Sept Îles.
We kept well outside the offshore rocks and islands on the way round to Trébeurden, anchoring off Île Molène for lunch. Later, from the marina, I saw the history master step calmly ashore at the slipway, park his board and wander into town, presumably for some comfy hotel. Which all goes to show that you don’t need to buy a large, expensive boat to go cruising in an extremely civilised fashion!
ABOVE The 45 is a new addition to the range of Duchy motor launches. RIGHT The biggest outboard yet from Seven Marine