9 of the trendiest tenders on the market

14 July 2021

From helping guests perfect their wakeboarding skills to pulse-raising rides across the waves, a tender is the ultimate superyacht sidekick. Meet some of the finest new models to hit the water and designs fresh from the drawing board...

Nautor’s Swan Shadow

Builder: Nautor’s Swan
Length: 13.23 metres
Top speed: 55 knots

Diverting from its usual production of performance sailing yachts, Nautor’s Swan has ventured into the field of powerful motor boats with the launch of its Swan Shadow. Designed in collaboration with Jarkko Jämsén, the chase boat can reach a top speed of 55 knots under the power of its three 225 to 250hp outboard engines. The customisable tender also features a movable aft platform for easier access to the water or dock, a walkaround deck and a convertible cabin for comfort at sea in any weather.

Vikal SP Range Limousine

Builder: Vikal
Length: 8.1 metres
Top speed: 38 knots

Vikal’s eight metre limousine tender offers ultimate guest comfort in a compact and customisable form. A spacious interior with air-conditioning and large windows can accommodate up to eight guests on board as well as two crew, while her exterior features full-length side decks for ease of access from helm to aft. The hard top can be opened up for a light breeze and a swimming platform provides the perfect area for launching toys or jumping into the water. The limousine is powered by twin Volvo D3 200hp diesel engines that can propel across the waves at 38 knots.

Compass chase tender

Builder: Compass
Length: 11.6 metres
Top speed: 40 knots

Powered by a pair of Yanmar 8LV 370hp engines, the 11.6 metre chase tender by Compass can reach a swift speed of up to 40 knots. The open tender, constructed from high tech composites with epoxy resin, was designed in collaboration with Patrick Banfield and Kirsten Schwalgien Design. Up to 15 guests can be accommodated on board and have the option to sit forward of the helm console for a thrilling experience or to recline in the sunshine on the aft sunpads. Ideal for stowing on board a superyacht, the chase tender has a compact height of just 1.87 metres and a beam of 3.3 metres.


Builder: Ferretti Group
Length: 14.5 metres
Top speed: 35 knots

Ferretti Group’s 48Wallytender is defined by an eye-catching and modern design that helps her reach top speeds of 35 knots while maintaining passenger comfort on board. The GRP and carbon fibre tender features fold-down hydraulic bulwarks that open up to add an extra sunbathing space, and the passerelle aft doubles as a five-step swim ladder that unfolds with the touch of a button. She is powered by a propulsion package of two Volvo IPS 650 engines totalling 960 HP and is operated with a user-friendly joystick control. 

Life Proof Boats by IMS 39' Yachtline 

Builder: Life Proof Boats by IMS
Length: 12 metres
Top speed: 54 knots

With a top speed of 54 knots via triple Yamaha 425 XTOs, this 12 metre by Life Proof Boats was built for performance while remaining comfortable at high speeds. Notably, everyone seated inside (not just those at the helm) get a softer experience thanks to military-grade suspension seating. The head and galley are finished to yacht standards, there’s a comfortable dining area aft, while a bow passerelle folds down for easy beach access. Hull No 1 was delivered in summer 2020, while a second is planned to start production this spring.

Vikal Beach Lander Catamaran

Builder: Vikal
Length: 12 metres
Top speed: 34 knots

With two hulls, the 12 metre catamaran tender provides a sturdy platform for guest transportation from ship to shore. A large foredeck can be rapidly reconfigured for multiple uses, and seating options can be easily adjusted to suit the size of the group. There’s also a shower and dayhead, a small kitchenette and a bimini hardtop for day-long outings on the water. Designed for exploring shallow waters, the catamaran is powered by a pair of D6 Volvo Diesels coupled to two large Hamilton HTX water jets and can hit speeds over 30 knots.

beiderbeck designs Knierim tenders

Builder: beiderbeck designs
Length: 11 metres
Top speed: 30 knots

German design studio beiderbeck has come up with a stylish solution to a real life problem. Lifeboats are mandatory for charter yachts with more than 12 guests, so they need to carry these as well as the limousine tender that gets guests to shore in style. The Bremen studio therefore penned a SOLAS and German Lloyds-approved lifeboat, disguised as a chic limo -– two boats in one. Two 11-metre versions, built at Knierim Yachtbau, have been delivered and two 9.3-metre versions are in construction (the latter have a third function as SOLAS rescue boats). Designs for a 13-metre version have also been revealed. Beneath the skin it ticks every box for an emergency, but it also has rakish lines, an air-conditioned interior with tinted frameless windows and amenities from a fridge-freezer to a shower. As the studio notes, “Although emergency rations are stowed aboard in accordance with regulations, the bar will also dispense a tequila sunrise or Singapore sling”. The 13-metre will have a top speed of just over 30 knots and a 200nm range at 30 knots.

Life Proof Boats by IMS 31’ GT Coupe

Builder: Life Proof Boats by IMS
Length: 9.45 metres
Top speed: 46 knots

The 31’ GT Coupe is a multifunctional boat that’s ideal for the superyacht owner with a passion for fishing. The day boat is designed to cruise at speeds of up to 46 knots in any climate, outfitted with a canvas enclosure with a diesel heater as well as a powerful air conditioner. Optional interior amenities include a day berth and a galley, and avid anglers can make good use of downrigger pads, rod holders and a chart plotter or fishfinder display on the radar arch.

Compass Tenders catamaran

Builder: Compass
Length: 12 metres
Top speed: 40 knots

Compass has embraced the beamy potential of the catamaran form with its latest tender. The first hull of the 12-metre model was delivered last year, featuring a draught of just 60 centimetres and a bow ramp, to make beach landings a breeze. With removable seating taken out, the 12-square-metre loading bay packs on water toys and dive kit, complete with removable racks for cylinders; or with the seating in, this space can accommodate eight guests, bringing the total seated passengers to 20. Whatever the configuration, there’s shaded cockpit dining for 12, plus a shower, head and galley. The model is highly customisable, with Yanmar, Volvo or Cummins engine packages, and Hamilton or Rolls-Royce water jets for a possible top speed of 40 knots. The first hull even had jet ski refuelling capabilities.