Those looking for the latest superyacht tenders and toys at the Virtual BOAT Show should turn their attention to the Latitude range by Compass Tenders.
This series of semi-custom tenders offers a ready-made platform for superyacht owners to customise and design, but with a conveniently reduced build time. The range comprises four slightly varied models – North, South, East and West – that have been developed using the most successful aspects of Compass’ earlier, bespoke products.
Describing the tender range, Compass chief executive Richard Faulkner describes the Latitude models as ‘tenders [that] still offer the same excellent level of finishing and detailing that you would expect from one of our custom builds, with a sense of added security coming from a tried and tested platform. As a result, design and build times are somewhat shortened and potentially sea trial times can also be reduced. All these points also afford a reduction in final cost of the tender over a similar full custom version.’
The North model is inspired by the design of the traditional Venetian water taxi, updated with electronically operated doors forward and aft and a retractable glazed roof. By contrast, the South model is a stark departure from the typical look of limousine tenders, as the aft bulkhead has been removed to enable unrestricted views from the saloon.
The East and West models both share a sporty style and curved profile, with the East able to accommodate up to 12 guests while the West has an exceptionally versatile seating configuration. Though each of the four models has its own unique aspect, all latitude tenders have a maximum length of 11 metres and can reach a top speed of 36 knots.
This model’s suitability as a superyacht tender has been apparent from its beginnings, as Faulkner has explained that he was inspired to develop the series while creating the custom limousine tender for 91-metre Lürssen superyacht Lady Lara, in order to ‘introduce an easier pathway for a client to order a tender from us.’ As such, the Latitude tenders are ideal for superyacht owners as they balance the convenience of what Faulkner describes as a ‘known engineering, mechanical and electrical package’ with the option to ‘introduce their own styling via the mothership’s stylist.’
Possible customisations, and those that have been made in the past, include alterations to the coach roof, window shapes, engine type, interior styling and choice of AV systems. Since the launch of the series, the Latitude platform has been used to build the limousine tenders for Feadship’s 110-metre Anna and 90-metre Oceanco superyacht DreAMBoat.
Faulkner’s personal favourite is the North, with its ‘masculine, purposeful styling’ and ‘great interior guest capacity’, but each model in the range is designed to be perfectly suited to every superyacht owner’s needs and desires.