A superyacht is all well and good, but what happens when you want to go exploring, or racing, or navigate a smaller port or harbour — from the inlets of the Caribbean to the islands of Greece? That’s where your trusty tender comes in. To fuel your nautical adventures, we’ve rounded up five of the best…
If you're looking for high-tech tender, Wajer 55
From Wajer Yachts, a family-owned Dutch boatyard, the 55 is their new flagship tender. Elegant, sophisticated and stylish, it is 16 metres long and features such innovations as a fully automated spray hood, movable cockpit floor and a swim platform that doubles as a gangway.
It was designed for maximum comfort in the water and excellent manoeuvrability and, as one of the very few tenders to feature three powerful 435 hp IPS600 Volvo Penta engines, you won’t be short of speed either. Our favourite feature? The way the hydraulically operated anchor concealed in the bow can be conveniently operated from the steering console.
For a safe, accomplished support boat, Scorpion Silurian 1080
Scorpion Ribs may be small, but they pack one hell of a punch. As a chase boat, their Silurian excels, providing the mothership with a beautiful, safe and accomplished support vessel.
Luxurious, fast, safe, dry and comfortable, the Silurian makes use of Scorpion’s class-leading unique hull design that has been evolved over 20 years to deliver a soft, comfortable and safe ride with outstanding performance and fuel efficiency. It’s that total capability that has given Scorpion more long-distance offshore records and race wins than any other RIB manufacturer. Impressive.
Scorpion Silurian 1080
For the perfect small socialising vessel, Mazu 42 Walk-Around
Launched at the end of last year, Mazu’s new 42 Walk-Around makes the cut for one reason and one reason alone: That impressive bathing platform, which is about as long as it gets for a 42ft boat — and perfect for socialising.
With a cruising speed of 36 knots, Mazu have masterfully brought together style and substance, and the centre console allows the vessel to be walkaround, allowing for ease whilst maintaining a requisite level of safety thanks to deep bulwarks.
Mazu 42 Walk Around
For the option to make your tender your own, Fjord 36 Open
The appeal of the Fjord 36 Open comes from its customisability. Sumptuous materials, finishes and colour palettes allow you to build a boat as unique as you are – inside and out.
But our favourite feature comes as standard — deck and underwater lighting, which can be combined and controlled to keep the celebrations going well into the night. It may be a tender, but with an enviable 40 knot maximum speed, this is where the party’s at.
Fjord 36 Open
For luxury paired with adventure, Xtenders 16M Day Cruiser
This Day Cruiser vessel, designed to be a long-range exploration boat, is the perfect tender for those who long for adventure on the high seas, an exhilarating life on the ocean. Super clean and slick, it’s not only good looking, but incredibly capable — just what you want when embarking on an exciting expedition.
And you don’t have to jettison your creature comforts, either. Underneath the exquisite teak deck, across the full width of the bow deck, lies a cabin with a luxuriously finished interior that can accommodate up to four people. Now that’s what we call the best of both worlds.
Xtenders 16M Day Cruiser
Need a yacht to go with that tender? Here’s our pick of the best…