In a move to embrace a new trend for multihull superyacht tenders, such as those seen serving Eclipse & Rising Sun, Compass has revealed renderings for its new catamaran tender.
The new multipurpose 12 metre model has a draft of just 0.6 metres and a bow door which makes beach landings easier than ever. This model follows Compass’ previous 12.8 metre catamaran tender which was custom-designed for a client.
The catamaran style of the tender offers exceptional versatility and considerably more space on board when compared with a monohull, allowing easier transportation of guests and equipment for scuba diving or fishing trips.
Compass chief executive Richard Faulkner opened up about the 12.5 metre project, which provides seating for up to 20 passengers. “The increased overall size of a catamaran tender offers a much higher degree of ride comfort, then there is the significant increase in both passenger and storage capacity on board. This is particularly evident when water sports are being considered."
With the forward seating removed, the forward cockpit and deck area increases to 12 square metres, offering plenty of space to stow equipment for various sporting activities. Removable racks can also be added for stowing larger items such as scuba diving cylinders, SeaBobs, SUPs and kayaks, or the space can be used to facilitate large-scale provisioning. Perfect for picnic setups, a large bow door makes beach landings a breeze.
Moving aft past the helm station, there is a well-proportioned toilet and shower unit together with a galley ensuring all needs are catered for on board. A large lounge area aft offers seating for up to 12 with shade provided by a hard top bimini complete with downlighters for night-time operations or evening entertaining.
"The tenders will be fully customisable, so everything from the engine type to the seat configuration can be adapted to the customer’s wishes. “We are always open to incorporating client’s requests; that’s the benefit of being a custom tender builder,” said Faulkner. “For instance, our first catamaran tender has Jet Ski refuelling capabilities, which was important to the owner, and goes to further show how a tender such as this is able to support an even wider scope of activities and functions.”
Engine options can also be tailored for each owner and include Yanmar, Volvo or Cummins engine packages with Hamilton or Rolls Royce water jets for a top possible speed of 40 knots.
Compass has revealed that the first catamaran tender has been delivered to the client, while construction on the second hull is already underway with delivery slated for autumn 2021.