Our Rich History
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The origins of Tiffany
Yachts date back to 1934 when Tiffany Cockrell and
his father, Odis C.W. Cockrell, began building Chesapeake
deadrise workboats. After Tiffany returned from
serving in damage control for the Navy during World
War II, he and his father continued to build boats
in the summer and oyster in the winter. Two cold
winters of oystering were all Tiffany needed. He
told his father it was time to start building boats
year round. Tiffany and his wife Betty Lee soon
began building a successful pleasure boat business.
In 1949 Tiffany’s father was ready to retire
and turned over the reins of the business.
During the 1960’s Tiffany would have as many
as 5 boats going at one time ranging from 30’
to 40’. Many of the early boats were a trunk
cabin style, but when the early sportfishers began
to appear on the market Tiffany followed suit. Tiffany
also developed a “frog belly” design
to reduce propeller slippage and allow for a shallower
The 70’s brought
the use of fiberglass and cold-molded hulls to Tiffany
Yachts. Tiffany’s children also joined the
business during this time. His son Randy came out
of the Navy and began helping in the design and
development of the yacht construction. His daughter
Becky and his son in-law Rex also joined the business.
Becky began in the purchasing and parts department,
and now is the business manager.
became a real focus in the 1980’s as Tiffany
Yachts crafted yachts from 36 to 62 feet that featured
elegant interiors. Randy developed his style of
ample flare and sharp entry at the bow and continued
the tradition of one off completely custom yachts.
In the 90’s Tiffany began to step back from
the day to day operation and Randy began to build
all fiberglass hulls using a one off female mold.
He also began to use a CAD design program and purchased
a 5-axis CNC router to aid in layup of the hull
mold and many of the fiberglass parts and wood trim.
Currently the fourth generation of Cockrells has
joined the business. Becky’s daughter Laura
Shackleford is running the Interior Design and Marine
Canvas division. Randy’s son Taylor Cockrell
is learning the ropes on boat design and fabrication.
Both are interested in bringing new technology to
the building of custom yachts.
May 13, 2011 marked the passing of founder Tiffany Cockrell. His loss if felt everyday, but his legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Tiffany R. Cockrell, Founder
The Cockrell family has built over 150 boats since the 1930’s.
They are eager for the next custom Tiffany Yacht
to be yours.