The Best Electric Tenders

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Lanéva's 100% electric tender

Alternative propulsions systems are all the rage, with many eco trendsetting superyachts cruising the high seas, why should your tender be any different? BOAT has picked out the best electric superyacht tenders on the market...

Recently launched, this luxury 100% electric day boat features a 140kWh battery pack with cells designed for military use and axial flow motors used in the aviation sector. Measuring 7.9 metres, the tech-enhanced day boat is constructed from durable materials and powered by a completely electric powertrain. The boat’s system integration features a digital control and monitoring network, as well as mobile connectivity, allowing owners to see the charging level from home. With a top speed of 25-30 knots, the Lanéva electric tender has a range of 40-45 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots.

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Candela Seven

Swedish Company Candela have produced an extremely light yet impact resistant electric tender: the Candela Seven. Made from 100% carbon fibre and using techniques employed in fighter jet and airplane design, this hydrofoil tender can reach speeds of up to 30 knots without touching the waves.

This powerful tender is also completely electric which also makes it 95% cheaper to run;  Candela Seven can be recharged at your dock overnight and consumes less than 10 eurocents per nautical mile in electricity. This seriously high-tech product is also connected to 3G and alerts owners with text notifications in case of theft or updates.

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X-Shore Eelex 8000

The 2021 edition of the Elex 8000 electric tender boasts a number of techie new features. An X Shore smartwatch and app allows the driver to unlock or turn the boat remotely, and, if by some chance you find yourself overboard, the boat will automatically come to a stop. In terms of design, the tender features an impressive loading capacity of 2500kg, giving owners the option to transport multiple passengers or heavy equipment, while a stepped hull protects guests from wind and spray, as well as reducing energy consumption by 35 per cent. With two battery choices and a full charge taking between eight and 12 hours, the Eelex 8000 has a 100 nautical mile range and speeds of up to 40 knots. £199,000, xshore.com

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Zin Boats Z2R

Slick, minimal and quiet, the Z2R is the brainchild of boatbuilder Piotr Zin who founded Zin Boats in Seattle, Washington. Zin decided the next boat he would build would be efficient and emission-free. The first born all-carbon Z2R is a 20-footer powered by Torqeedo and BMW i3 batteries. It’s minimalist in weight, appearance and amenities – if you want light, you can’t load the boat, but it is appealing as a fast (top speed is around 30 knots), fun boat that turns heads. The petite dimensions, low freeboard, light weight and fast-charging electric batteries (on either 110V or 220V power) make it a tempting yacht tender.

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SAY 29E

Currently the world's fastest e-boat, the SAY 29E is powered to a top speed of 48 knots by a 360kW Kreisel electric engine. Other features on board the 8.85 metre tender include a wavecutter bow and capacity for six passengers in suspension seats. A comfortable below deck area is even equipped with a sleeping area.

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DutchCraft 25

Set to make its debut later this month when the Boot Dusseldorf show gets underway, the 8.04 metre fully electric, carbon fibre DutchCraft 25 tender has been designed and engineered in-house. The modular deck design allows the tender to be used as a guest shuttle for up to 12 people. When the deck is cleared however, there is enough space to transport a range of equipment, such as a land vehicle or up to eight dive sets. The DutchCraft 25 has a 75 minute cruising time at 32 knots or six hours at six knots.

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Hinckley Dasher 2.0

Following on from the first Dasher launched in 2017, the 8.5-metre Hinckley Dasher 2.0 packs in the carbon fibre and offers a 160hp propulsion for a cruising speed of seven knots and cruising time of five hours. Fully charged in four hours, the Dasher can reach top speeds of 23.5 knots. This zero emission tender is packaged in an artisan teak finish and is the lightest Hinckley yacht ever built. POA, hinckleyyachts.com

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Q30

From the man behind Oceanvolt electric motors comes the Q30. As much a dayboat as a tender, the 9.3-metre Q30 features a small cabin located below. Elsewhere, the tender features a hydrodynamically optimised efficient hull for minimal wake and touch screen operations at the helm. The Q30 has a top speed of 15 knots and cruising speed of nine knots, with a cruising range of 80 nautical miles. Around £157,000, q-yachts.com

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JP Green

These semi-custom tenders are powered by a single unit jet drive and have an impressive range of three hours at 15 knots. With a top speed of 52 knots, the tender will also run for over 12 hours at five knots. Built in composite, the JP Green electric tender has a charge time ranging between 40 minutes and five hours and can recharge from the mothership. From £207,500, jpribs.com

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Mylne Bolt 18

Launched in 2012 and developed in conjunction with US firm Regen Nautic, the Bolt 18 packs a 135hp electric motor that runs off a bank of lithium batteries. The result is speed and lots of it, something Mylne proved in November 2012 by clocking 28.47 knots. This 5.5 metre design is capable of carrying up to six passengers, and is the first of many such electric superyacht tenders to come from Mylne Classic Yacht Design according to designer David Gray.

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