May 15th 2012. By Diane Byrne.

Carbon Craft 130T: Tender Innovation

This thirteen foot tender reflects original thinking in terms of construction and cruising amenities.

There are plenty of yacht tenders these days, but none like the Carbon Craft 130T.

Carbon Craft came to be because company partners Ken Pierce and Mark Levey, both longtime boaters, couldn’t find a tender that suited their needs. They decided to build one, tapping craftsmen experienced with designing and building America’s Cup racers. This was purposely to create an innovative craft.

How innovative? The name of the Rhode Island-based company gives you a hint: carbon, as in carbon fiber. Renowned for its light weight and strength, carbon fiber is a material more likely seen in racing sailboats than tenders. It also results in the 130T weighing less than 1,000 pounds.

Another innovative approach was the inclusion of a recessed, closed-cell-foam collar covered with ballistic nylon fabric, ringing the exterior of the boat. The collar absorbs shock like a RIB’s tubes, but it doesn’t impinge on usable space. In fact, Pierce and Levey say the Carbon Craft 130T has 75 percent more interior volume than a RIB.

Carbon Craft 130T specifications

Something else the Carbon Craft 130T offers versus a RIB is usage as a true sportboat, or even a dayboat. At the press of a button, water skis stowed in the sole are revealed. The swim platform has a pop-out swim ladder, and a pop-out ski tow pylon is installed in the transom. The swim platform can even fold flush against the transom when not needed, for a clean profile and a shortened LOA, to 11’6”. Pierce and Levey also saw fit to have the hardtop fold flush over the bow, for easy stowage onboard your yacht.

The first Carbon Craft 130T, ready for delivery, is priced at $165,000. You can custom order your own, starting at $100,000. Each Carbon Craft can be custom painted to match a mother-ship and offers a variety of fabrics and woods.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.