UK based bespoke superyacht tender builder Cockwells is to supply two 7m tenders to the latest 70m ketch being built by Perini Navi.

The yacht was to have two RIBs stowed away under the foredeck, but when the owner decided he wanted a limousine tender the Cockwells design team managed to achieve a compact solution by using the cockpit well to store the roof whilst the boat is stored in the garage. This also means that when the weather is good the limousine tender can run about without its roof and be used as a second sports tender.

The two tenders will have the same hull, but the deck layouts and fit outs are completely different. The sports tender will have two sun pads on the aft deck and the limousine tender will have a removable roof to enable it to fit under the foredeck of the sailing yacht. In order to make them as light as possible, the tenders are being built with composite carbon fibre in combination with other more striking materials such as titanium. The total weight of each tender will not exceed 2.2 tonnes with fuel and driver.

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Tender in bay

“This project is a great example of why people come to us”, comments Cockwells’ managing director Dave Cockwell. “We are great problem solvers; when you cannot get something off the shelf you need to find a company that has a proven track record with in-house design and using a wide variety of materials and skills to make sure your product will be 100% tailor made for you. As a customer, you don’t want design decisions to be made based on the limitations of the manufacturer’s experience and skill base. That’s why we work with any material here and we combine traditional shipwright skills with the most advanced technology.”

As well as having the usual features such as heating, air conditioning, marine sound systems, a shower and courtesy lighting, the tenders will also have luxurious interiors to match the mothership, as well as the latest CAN bus technology to control all systems. They will both be powered by Yanmar engines producing up to 260 horsepower. The tenders are currently in build in the UK and will be delivered in the summer in time for the launch of the mothership.