Love Me Tender: 5 Great Tenders to Get Hooked On
February 13, 2017
No superyacht is complete without a luxury yacht tender. Once considered purely as support boats, these days tenders are big business and come with an exciting range of features.
Whilst a tender's primary role is to transport guests to and from port in comfort, they are also used for entertainment. Dragging the kids around on inflatables or taking guests water-skiing and wakeboarding is all in a day's work for a superyacht tender. Whether custom made or classic design, there's no doubt that the tender has come into its own, so we've put together a list of our top tenders for you to enjoy.
First up is Windy SR26, a bespoke yacht tender bought for Project 18151, a new Heesen build. Windy SR26 is definitely not your average tender, she has been specifically designed to offer her yacht's owner the best possible experience. Thanks to her hull constructed in a deep V monohedron design, she has an excellent offshore performance and a cruising speed of 35 knots. Her teak deck comes complete with a bathing platform for guests to enjoy a swim, and a shower to rinse off afterwards. She has lots of seating and storage aboard for trips to and from port, and can also be used for game fishing thanks to her built in rod holders. Her folding console is a space saver in the garage area keeping her below 1.5m, whilst her high freeboard ensures a safe and comfortable ride for guests, an ideal combination we think you'll agree.
Feadship's Blu 470 has an Axopar 37 foot tender and she is very popular with both the crew and charter guests. Designed and built in Finland, this premium-range motorboat has a lot of features which make her stand out from the crowd. She comes with a 2-cabin layout to protect guests in choppy waters and provide shelter from the elements. Her maximum speed is 45 knots and she is incredibly fuel efficient thanks to her unique design and sharp entry hull. Her spacious cabin seats up to 10 guests comfortably and she has plenty of on-board storage for shopping trips or for a day spent cruising the coast. With her Scandinavian looks and futuristic design, this is one tender that stands out from the crowd.
One of the most hotly anticipated tender launches in 2016 was the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat. Designed in collaboration with Quintessence yachts, the unique concept behind her design was billed as "earth meets water". The AM37 is every bit as elegant and powerful as Aston Martin's range of luxury cars and when it comes to comfort she lacks for absolutely nothing. She features an incredible wrap-around windscreen sculpted from a single piece of glass, an innovative sliding deck to protect her from the elements, and a swim platform which extends into the water for a refreshing dip. On-board, her smart technology allows you to access the air-conditioning, fridge and coffee machine by remote control. Have a cappuccino waiting to go when you arrive on board at the touch of a button. She has a touchscreen entertainment system with movies and music available at any time and a champagne cooler for impromptu celebrations. With leather furnishings and polished metal instruments throughout, AM37 is a dream come true for sports car enthusiasts at sea.
If you're looking for a tender which combines classic design with modern technology, the Ventura 850 is the boat for you. Created by Dutch firm, Ventura Boats, this custom tender was inspired by wooden vessels from the 1960s and 1970s. Handmade by Dutch craftsmen from mahogany wood, the Ventura 850 features a vintage dashboard complete with analog gauges and a speedometer. Her timeless look is paired with a state of the art engine which has a maximum speed of 59 knots, perfect for zipping from your superyacht to the port in style. The Ventura 850 seats 8 people comfortably and is ideal for spending a day cruising in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine.
Last but by no means least, is Italian stallion Unleashed, a powerful Maori 50 tender designed to withstand any conditions at sea. Unleashed was built to resemble a sailing boat and thanks to its specially-designed hull, it has excellent stability with smooth sailing as standard. On-board the living area is spacious and comfortable with room for 12 passengers and four sun-pads for guests to relax and catch some rays. With a cruising speed of 35 knots, this streamlined and sleek tender will get you ashore quickly and comfortably without compromising on style and quality. Unleashed is available for sale with SuperYachtsMonaco.