Tenders come in many shapes and sizes, designed to fit into small garages or be towed behind the superyacht. Some are hot rods. Others are the Jeeves of the yachting world, remaining a discreet distance from the mothership, ferrying the owner and guests when needed.
Sacs Marine Rebel 47
Created by yacht designer Christian Grande, the Rebel 47 from Sacs Marine is a prince of tenders, living up to its name with an unconventional topside that is edgy, luxurious, and smartly designed. The 47 Open model is divided into five separate sections, starting aft with large sunbeds above the engines, facing lounges in the cockpit, three comfortable seats at the helm, more sunbeds in the foredeck area, and seats across the front. The Rebel is a magnet for cool options. Its teak swim platform at the transom, for instance, accommodates hydraulic steps that raise up to a dock to pick up guests or lower into the water for a quick dip. The T-top is noteworthy for its curved stainless supports an opening skylight. The Rebel 47 also comes in a Limousine version with a full-featured interior with sleeping quarters, head, and full galley.
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When a boat gets chosen as an America’s Cup tender, it has to be good. Sir Ben Ainslie chose a UK-built Silurian for his British Challenge of the Cup because of its fast but the seaworthy hull.
The 34-foot Scorpion Silurian, which can be powered by twin outboard engines rated up to 800 hp, has a stepped hull that gives it plenty of getting up and go, but also an uncanny ability to track in all sea conditions. Its upscale look with a particularly sharp bow makes it a stylish running mate for any superyacht.
Pascoe 10.4 Limousine
Some tender builders may call their boat limos, but UK-based Pascoe International has designed its Limousine series as the real deal. This 35-foot-long hull is nearly all air-conditioned interior, so it can carry a full soiree of guests to and from even the largest superyachts.
The plush, white-leather seats make short journeys from ship to shore a pleasant experience, rather than a hair-tousling, wave-pounding joy ride. For those who prefer the open air, there is a raised companion seat next to the helm chair, and two more seats just behind.
At just under 15 feet, Avon’s eJet is smaller than the other tenders but has features that set it apart. The seats are high-end Serge Ferrari upholstery, sewn by hand at Avon’s French factory, and a top-quality UV-resistant Hypalon fabric coats the inflatable tubes. It’s also the only all-electric RIB on this list, powered by an 80 hp Torqeedo Deep Blue brushless engine mated to a next-gen BMW battery for a 90-minute range at normal use. Anyone who drives a Tesla or other electric car will appreciate the eJet’s instant torque and quiet running, not to mention the top end of 26 knots.
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There’s the added bonus of being able to see its current position or monitor the batteries via smartphone. The eJet will appeal to a yachtie with limited garage space, not to mention refusing to deal with a gas engine and the usual routine maintenance.
Naumatec Freccia 1200
Naumatec’s Freccia 1200 is aptly named —a sleek, narrow, twin-stepped RIB that can reach 65 knots with twin 420 hp engines. Italian yacht designer Federico Fiorentino clearly created 1200 to quench his thirst for beauty and speed. The spacious open deck allows for 12 people on board. Fiorentino also passed on the usual center-console configuration for a right-handed helm that allows unbroken passage from stern to bow. There are sunbeds fore and aft, with lounges behind the helm as well as companion seats, along with top-drawer components that show the boat’s quality.
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