Dutch tender manufacturer Xtenders has launched a new flagship 16.1m model designed by Dubois Naval Architects.
The Xtenders 16.1m features a low profile foredeck and wheelhouse structure that creates a stylish exploration craft fully made from carbon. She is able to make 500nm at 25 knots in significant comfort.
Herbert Dercksen is the man behind the creation of the tender. His experience as an Olympic sailor in the multihull class and founder of the Extreme 40 class has had a great influence on the efficiency, stability and ultimate top speed of the vessel. This was brought to life by Xtender’s design team who succeeded in capturing Dubois’ minimalist design perfectly while retaining the uninterrupted play of lines.
Sebastian Allebrodt, the owners representative for this project, comments: “I wouldn’t even call it a tender. It’s more like a small superyacht. The project was conceived in the same way we do superyachts, with a specification designer and interior designer. The 16.1 has been a big game changer for Xtenders and I feel they were working more as a superyacht shipyard during the project rather than a tender builder.”
The interior cabin was approached with an intense attention-to-detail mindset. GCA Architects from Barcelona decorated a lovely space where guests can escape the elements when underway or simply seek some privacy.
A clear coat full carbon veneers are a prominent feature upon entering the cabin. The interior is a fine example of the customisable nature of this model. The space features a fully operating galley with high quality Miele and CEA design appliances, a day head and large day berth that transforms into a comfortable lounge sofa, all amenities requested from the first client.
“Two of the most important factors were the correct use of the textures and of the colours; the cabin’s interior shows a strong contrast between the flat dark surfaces in carbon fibre and the coziness and softness of the white fabrics,” explains Anna Trillo of GCA Architects.
The centre cockpit is neatly laid out with two recessed navigation screens and gear that is only essential for manoeuvring, makes up the high-gloss dashboard.
Shock mitigation seats allow for a safe and comfortable ride for the driver and passengers, all while being protected by the nearly invisible wind-guard ahead and sleek hard top canopy structure above.
Great attention has gone into keeping the Xtender 16.1m’s deck as clean and simple as possible, with dedicated storage for the custom fenders and lines neatly tucked into the bulwarks and hatches.
A removable sun awning, useable in speeds up to 40mph, is easily erected by crew and cleverly stows below the aft sunbed.