Superyacht tenders are getting bigger, sleeker and sexier—in some cases becoming indistinguishable from luxury day boats. Here’s a look at three new designs that caught our attention at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Defiance D-44 Express Tender
The Defiance D-44 Express Tender by Setzer Yacht Architects will be marketed as a luxury day boat, but the original design was commissioned by a megayacht owner who wanted a tender for personal and charter use. Hull No. 1 is expected to be 47 feet long, with construction starting in early 2016.
The Defiance D-44 by Setzer Yacht Architects.
Setzer is planning to offer two models—called Atlantic and Pacific—for the general public. They’re built on the same hull, but the Atlantic is an open design for warm-weather cruising while the Pacific has an enclosed helm.
We’re still awaiting details on the power package, but she looks like she’s a true mover, even in a static rendering. Stay tuned for more information at www.setzerdesign.com
Prince 40 Luxury Tender
Bill Prince Yacht Design is going to offering this 40-footer as both an open and an enclosed limousine version. The designers wanted a sleek overall look, which is achieved through details such as recessed cleats. Guests will also feel elegant stepping aboard, since they can actually step through a starboard boarding door instead of having to climb inside from a dock or swim platform.
The Prince 40 Luxury Tender by Bill Prince Yacht Design
For anyone wanting to use this “luxury tender” as a family day boat, she’s outfitted with a cooktop, ice maker and fridge, all aft. A cabin belowdecks is ideal for a couple enjoying a long weekend.
On this design, too, we’re still awaiting power specs. Look for more details as they become available at www.billprinceyachtdesign.com
Zurn Yacht Design inked this Vanquish Boats beauty, whose propeller shaft and resulting 22-inch draft make her ready to gunkhole pretty much anywhere. Gas and diesel outboard options are available, and the outboard configurations are marketed as having “best-in-class fuel economy.”
Vanquish 26 by Zurn Yacht Design
The bow-forward design makes the cockpit feel even bigger, and allows space for an L-shaped settee aft. An integrated wet bar is also here, and owners can select a sink or barbecue. An enclosed head is beneath the port console.
Check out more details at www.vanquishboats.com