September Newsletter

An update after another busy summer here at the boatyard with a few new faces joining us and lots of exciting boatbuilding projects underway. Constancehas been booked out all summer with guests enjoying the warm weather along the beautiful Helford River. Look out for our next newsletter as we prepare for winter storage.

Yard News

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Planning permission

We are very excited to announce that planning permission for the Long Barn and Customs House conversion has been approved. The buildings will be converted into holiday lets later this year.

Andrew Cox Marine

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Andrew Cox Marine will be joining the contractors working at Gweek specialising in marine engineering and electrical services; for enquiries email ⓒ Andrew Cox.

Winter storage

Undercover storage is nearly full now and we have received a good number of bookings for outside storage. If you have a deep draft boat please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the best tides to lift you out.

New equipment

Part of the continuing improvements to the yard this year: our new telehandler and fork lift poised to lift out boats this season.

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Apprenticeships at the boatyard

We will be supporting two apprentice positions at the boatyard in partnership with Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency: an Apprentice Yard Hand and Business Administration Apprentice. Please share with anyone you think may be interested!

French interns back this year

Once again we will be welcoming two young French interns to the boatyard in September. The two young people who worked with us last year were a resounding success and we look forward to continuing this project.

Falmouth Classics

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Constance at Falmouth Classics

For the second year we proudly sponsored this fantastic event. Constance hosted a number of happy guests over the Falmouth Classics weekend, and Mark Aichroth competed on his boat Sara in the races.


Constance's first season on the water has been a resounding success with lots of happy customers and and some fantastic trips down the river. Be sure to follow Constance Cruises on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with special events and trips.

Some of the great reviews we have had this season:

An amazing, luxurious cruise aboard a fantastic Victorian launch. The crew were brilliant - friendly, knowledgeable and excellent hosts. A really unique way to explore the Helford River and the creeks and tributaries. I couldn't recommend them enough! Stef Parr

What a great day on the Constance for Falmouth Classics, wonderful boat. Very attentive crew; nothing too much. Well looked after, will definitely use and recommend again. Thank you.
Lena Sait

We had the Constance on a sunny Friday afternoon on a work afternoon out. We all had an amazing afternoon. The crew made everything perfect and the food was delicious. Such a smooth sail down the river and the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Would highly recommend to anyone. Aaron Coward

We had a fantastic trip on Constance yesterday. Dave and Sam were great and it was a trip down memory lane for Grandma and all. We even managed to swim. The weather was picturesque. So amazing, thank you.
Ceola Tunstall-Behrens

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Boutique Retreats Review

We hosted the lovely Boutique Retreats aboard Constance this summer and they were kind enough to write us a detailed review of their trip. Read the full writeup on the Boutique Retreats website here.

Constance's history

We received this lovely drawing from Alan Munden who was involved in the rebuild of Constance (then named Jap) in Penryn. The drawing is by Alan's wife and shows Constance on the roof of the ammo barge Ruby around 1993.

Current Projects

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St Michael's Mount Water Taxis

Chris Hardman Jones team and Duncan Skingley are making progress on the St Michael’s Mount ferries! Third and fourth hulls to be delivered soon.

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Cornish Pilot Gig Build

Progress on the Cornish Pilot Gig build by Peter Martin is coming along nicely; they are now starting to complete the hull boards on their Gig.

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Ben Harris taking on Green Shed

Ben Harris will be joining us at the boatyard in the Green Shed for a 30ft sailing yacht commision. Ben moved to Cornwall in 2005 to study and train in boatbuilding and has been building boats and sailing ever since. Photo ⓒ Ben Harris.