First look: new Hodgdon custom yacht tender hits 35 knots
by Risa Merl
US builder Hodgdon Yachts has shared the first look at its new custom superyacht tender. Hull No 418, the 12 metre limousine tender is destined to join her mothership at a Northern European shipyard.
Upon delivery, Hodgdon’s team will re-commission the tender and provide the crew of her superyacht-to-be with ample training.
This is a limo tender that can move – powered by twin Volvo outdrive engines, she has already recorded cruising speeds of more than 35 knots.
The cabin of the limo tender is outfitted with the most luxurious appointments, including custom leather seating, birds-eye maple wood joinery and leather detailing. She will comfortably seat 10 passengers inside the climate-controlled cabin, and also offer seating for six outside in the cockpit.
The new Hodgdon limo tender offers numerous boarding options for ease of use, from the aft deck, bow and port or starboard forward of the cockpit.
Sarasota, Florida-based Michael Peters Yacht Design was responsible for the tender’s naval architecture and the general arrangement. In order to fit in the mothership’s tender bay, the composite top covering the helm lowers hydraulically.
America’s oldest builder, the family-owned Hodgdon yachts opened its Hodgdon Custom Tenders facility in Maine in March 2014. The facility specialises in semi-custom and custom yacht tenders from 8.5 to 12 metres.
Hodgdon built the limo tender to the Feadship superyacht Sea Owl, which won a 2014 ShowBoats Design Award for tender design.