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6 of the best new tender launches

1 March 2022• Written by Sam Fortescue

Fill your garage with the finest and fastest new superyacht tenders and dayboats to hit the water. Sam Fortescue selects the best boats designed to supplement your superyacht...

Compass Tenders 

12-13m landing craft

Compass has embraced the beamy potential of the cat with its latest tender. Hull No 1 was delivered in 2020, featuring a draught of just 57 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. With the seating in, this space can carry eight guests, bringing the total seated passengers to 12. Whatever the configuration, there’s a shaded dining area plus a shower, head and galley. The model is customisable, with Yanmar, Volvo or Cummins engine packages, and Hamilton or Rolls-Royce water jets for a top speed of 40 knots. compasstenders.com


NY24 Limo

Dario Messina penned the sharp lines and tight styling of the 7.35-metre NY24. It comes in three variants: GT, Deluxe and Limo, with the latter the best contender for superyacht tender use. With a 300hp Volvo D4 putting power into the water via an Aquamatic drive with duoprop, its top speed of 32 knots is guaranteed to ruffle its passengers’ hair. The Deluxe version features stylish pilot chairs by ideaeITALIA, and there’s even room for a convertible sofa berth and heads below. Audiovisual, fridges and almost any other add-on you desire can be fitted, and there’s also a nod to sustainability in the form of Oltremateria, a recyclable finishing material. nereayacht.com

Yachtwerft Meyer 

Solaris tender

Bremen-based Yachtwerft Meyer is well known for its reliable semi-custom support boats, but it was the catamaran tender to 139.7-metre Solaris which caught the eye when it launched in 2021. Engineers employed the same rounded Marc Newson styling as on  the mothership, with a frameless curved windscreen, lots of hidden storage, a drop-down beach landing platform and a hydraulic hardtop fixed in just two places. Its twin Hamilton jets are powered by two 480hp Volvo Penta D6s. yachtwerft-meyer.com


Launch 25GT

Also available as an 8.5-metre model,  the 7.6-metre 25GT can be specced with sterndrives and a sleek fold-down hardtop for stowing in a large tender garage – its height can be reduced to a little over 1.5 metres at the touch of a button. Options abound,  from a heads compartment to trim tabs for wakeboarding. There’s also a forward cockpit, bathing ladder, deck shower and a fine blend of tech and design throughout. chriscraft.com

Falcon Tenders 

Miss Wonderly

Southampton-based startup Falcon is carving out a niche for itself in fully custom superyacht tenders, and this 10.6-metre limo is its impressive calling card. Miss Wonderly showcases hybrid drive technology – a cutting-edge engineering feat for boats of this size. This allows the tender to operate in silent electric mode up to about nine knots before the twin 270hp inboards kick in. Elegant furniture below gives Miss Wonderly’s luxurious cabin a lounge feel, and she is capable of ferrying 14 guests from superyacht to shore. falcon-tenders.com

Beiderbeck Designs  

3-in-1 luxury tender

Smart design thinking from beiderbeck has made it possible to combine a limo, SOLAS and rescue boat into one vessel, winning the Germany-based company a BOAT International Design and Innovation award in the process. Two 11-metre limo tenders are currently in build at Knierim Yachtbau, and a larger 13-metre version for 50 passengers is on the drawing board too. There’s a wetroom and a bar on board, plus comfortable seating throughout. Twin Volvo D4-300 engines give it a top speed of 30 knots. beiderbeckdesigns.de

Onda Tender

Onda 371GT

Onda Tender’s 371GT flagship model debuted at 2021’s Monaco Yacht Show, following requests for a larger version of the yard’s 331GT model. A generous beam of 3.28 metres coupled with high bulwarks means the vessel can serve as either a day cruiser or a chase tender. The 11 metre Gran Turismo is powered by Yanmar and Mercury Volvo engines for a top speed of 58 knots.