Every superyacht has an auxiliary boat that takes passengers on board from a pier. Tenders are also often used for exploring small bays and shallow waters inaccessible for a superyacht.
Many shipyards include tenders in a yacht sale. That way the owners do not have to look for it separately and try to take both the dimensions of their yacht and personal preferences into account. Every year, companies release improved versions with updated technical characteristics, design, and eco-friendly parameters. Sometimes shipyards issue one-of-a-kind custom tenders on request— in such cases, the boats are purchased for the collection.
We bring you a selection of the most anticipated tenders that were presented at the largest exhibition of the yacht industry — Monaco Yacht Show 2019:
The all-purpose tender 55-S from Wajer reaches a speed of 40 knots due to modern 435 HP Volvo Penta engines. Both Sinot Yacht Design and Vripack marine architects developed this project. The tender can transport marine accessories, including jet skis, surfboards, diving equipment, etc. The hardtop is equipped with removable panels for weather protection, in addition, there are solar panels on the stern. The boat can accommodate up to 6 passengers. Full package includes carbon fibre coating and hydraulic retractable platform.
2. Jet Tender 25
Castoldi had already submitted a tender for MYS in 2017. Two years later, an updated Jet Tender 25 with a Castoldi turbo engine system, which allows you to reach speeds of up to 38 knots, was presented during the exhibition. The new layout includes folding steps on the left and right sides for increased accessibility, a platform with a ladder at the stern for easy entry into the water. The tender can simultaneously carry up to 16 passengers, which can be considered an advantage for superyachts.
3. 48 Wallytender
The 14.5-meter tender is the perfect combination of the classic Wallytender line style and the powerful engines. The maximum speed of the vessel reaches 38 knots. Folding sections of the bulwark increase the size of the platform for swimming, and a streamlined fender makes it easier to dock and lift the tender on the yacht.
4. Shadow 500 Black Ops
In the Hercules port on MYS, Brabus tenders are distinguished by the company's dark grey body and bright red seats. Shadow 500 Black Ops is a new 9-meter sports tender capable of a maximum speed of over 50 knots. The ship is powered by two XS Pro V8 FourStroke engines by Mercury Marine. Upon purchasing, the future owner can choose a configuration with an open aft deck, a day cabin, or a cockpit aft. The company plans to issue a limited number of tenders.
5. Air-Sport 7.0
The 7-meter air-Sport 7.0 tender from Cockwells is a combination of a lightweight version of RIB boats and a luxury limousine tender. The layout assumes accommodation of 8 passengers and 2 crew members. There are boarding points on on the right board and the aft, for the convenience of docking with the yacht and mooring at the pier special inflatable boards are installed on the tender. The exterior of the tender is impressive: the design was developed in collaboration of Henry Ward and the Cockwells team. The maximum speed of this sport tender is 37 knots.
When choosing a tender, consider the size of your yacht. The size of the auxiliary boat directly depends on the size of the vessel on which it will be placed. In addition, marine architects always allocate space in the schematics of megayachts to accommodate the auxiliary: on a flybridge, special platform or even in a tender garage.