April 20th 2017. By Kim Kavin.

Top 5 Superyacht Tenders

Which top tenders are impressive enough to do your superyacht justice?

As superyachts continue to get bigger and sexier, their owners want ever more impressive tenders to match and it can be difficult to choose a tender.

Today’s superyacht tenders are sleek in design, smart in construction and loaded with features that turn heads even without the mothership in sight. Here’s a look at the top 5 superyacht tenders that are expected to catch our eyes as they ferry superyacht owners across harbors from Monaco to St. Barths.

Invictus offers the 200FX with a surprising number of customization options, which is what superyacht owners expect in everything these days, from their 300-footers to their kayaks.

Invictus offers the 200FX with a surprising number of customization options, which is what superyacht owners expect in everything these days, from their 300-footers to their kayaks.

Invictus 200FX

Invictus Yacht in Italy calls its 200FX a “mini yacht”—quite a bold statement when describing a 20-foot center console that seats six people, max. The builder worked with Christian Grande DesignWorks to incorporate design details usually found on larger yachts, such as 3-D fabrics and leather coverings with contrast stitching (check out the leather cover on the forward stainless-steel handrail as a snappy example).

The Canados 428 Gladiator can cruise at 36 knots, and hit 41 knots at top-end.

The Canados 428 Gladiator can cruise at 36 knots, and hit 41 knots at top-end.

Canados 428 Gladiator

At a length overall of 42 feet 9 inches, the Canados 428 Gladiator is the smallest boat that Italian yachtbuilder Canados has produced in the past 30 years. Designer Marco Casali, known for his work with Canados as well as superyacht builders Benetti and ISA, penned the 428 Gladiator with a goal of making it the “best and most luxurious day cruiser on the market.” She’s expected to make her U.S. debut at this fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show—with the kind of “crystal cockpit” integrated helm station that previously was found only on larger boats.

Volvo Penta IPS engines with pod drives are standard, on the Mazu 38.

Volvo Penta IPS engines with pod drives are standard, on the Mazu 38.

Mazu 38

Mazu Yachts in Turkey has sold several hulls of this 38-footer since the boat’s debut this past September. The builder is pulling out all the superyacht stops to ensure that outfitting is in keeping with larger craft, such as custom metallic and pearl hull paint, Foglizzo leathers and Alcantara (which feels like suede) in the interior décor, and 20,000 Btu of air conditioning to keep everyone feeling refreshed as they’re ferried from the superyacht to the shore. Hull number one has Volvo IPS400s and a top speed of 36 knots, while hull number two has IPS600s and a 45-knot top end.

The Keizer 42 runs on a vacuum-injected hull with 16.5-degrees of deadrise at the transom.

The Keizer 42 runs on a vacuum-injected hull with 16.5-degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Keizer 42

Dutch design and naval architecture firm Vripack, which has penned some of the world’s toughest go-anywhere yachts, drew the Keizer 42 as the debut model of fellow Netherlands company Keizer Yachts. The 42 made her debut at Boot Dusseldorf in January, marketed as a “modern runabout” whose belowdecks space has “the feeling of entering a hotel suite.” The boat is 44’ length overall with 6’ 2” of headroom in the master stateroom. Owners can choose Volvo Penta D4 or Mercury engines, and the builder says the Keizer 42 can hit 40 knots wide open.

 

The Sacs Rebel 47 is expected to be the first in a Rebel line with smaller and larger models to come.

The Sacs Rebel 47 is expected to be the first in a Rebel line with smaller and larger models to come.

Sacs Rebel 47

“Rebel escapes from the conventions that have limited the world of RIBs for too long.” So says Christian Grande DesignWorks, which drew the Rebel 47 for Sacs in Italy. Tubes that on other RIBs would be inflatable are made of moldable foam and anti-collision plastics, sheathed in neoprene hypalon. A wet bar with icemaker and cooktop can be added as options on deck, and below, rovere and wenge woodwork hints at superyacht-influenced décor. The 46’ 2” Rebel is available with inboard, sterndrive and outboard propulsion options. She’s expected to be the first in a Rebel line with smaller and larger models to come.

Read about some other superyacht tenders that have caught our eye in the past:



Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.


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