Hodgdon unveils tender and 40m superyacht collaboration

22 September 2011

Hodgdon Yachts has introduced its luxurious 12-seater Limo Tender at the Monaco Yacht Show, as well as a 40m concept by the same designer.

The 10.5 metre tender, which we reported on earlier this summer, is designed to reflect the art and attention to detail that goes into the design of the superyacht it will serve. The idea is that the sense of luxury does not end when one steps aboard a tender to reach shore,

‘It is unique shapes and a unique aesthetic that Michael Peters puts into it,’ says Tim Hodgdon, president of Hodgdon Yachts.

‘It has a beautiful leather interior – it feels like being in a custom Lear jet.’

The tender's side windows power down to reveal boarding access both port and starboard, and the saloon’s hardtop rises hydraulically to ease boarding and allow greater headroom. Two of the tenders are already onboard the 86 metre Oceanco yacht Seven Seas.

The boat is one of three of Michael Peters-designed Hodgdon tenders designed for specific purposes. The trio also includes the 10.11 metre Sport Tender and the 9.15 metre Center Console Tender, for adventure-lovers.

The Limo Tender is powered by a Volvo D6-370 engine and Volvo DP outdrive and can achieve speeds of up to 32 knots, even when fully loaded. The Sports Tender and center Console Tender are powered by twin 315hp Yanmar 6LPA-STZP engines and twin Mercury Bravo Three X stern drives. Their maximum speed is 44 knots (at half load).

The collaboration was so successful that Hodgdon and Michael Peters have since worked together on a 40m yacht.

The designer has taken particular care to consider the use of the yacht. When moored stern to, the aft of the yacht becomes a very public area, so Peters has positioned the owners’ suite at the front of the vessel. It includes a spa pool and large private outdoor area.

From the exterior it exhibits a raised pilothouse and smooth lines made realistic through the proposed use of innovative materials.

‘It would be very complex to build in aluminium, but in composite it makes sense,’ says Hodgdon.

The full beam, main deck, owner’s cabin features a large en suite, private access to foredeck owner’s deck with spa pool and sun pad, galley, dining area, salon and guest lounge.

The lower deck features full beam water toy or tender bay aft, engine room, VIP cabin with a study, two double guest cabins with en suites, and crew accommodation.

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