The best things in life really can come in small packages, but designing a great small package takes significant skill.
When New York-based Hacker-Craft is preparing to build a wooden tender, it starts with owner input on hull form and aesthetics.
Space is always a concern, but working in wood, Hacker-Craft can design most of what an owner wants in a fixed footprint.
A custom limo tender takes about 6,200 hours to complete.
Hodgdon Yachts in Maine takes two to three times as long to build its fiberglass tenders as it does a 36-foot production boat.
Why? These craft feature an intricate, labor-intensive design with myriad parts that must be joined and faired by hand.