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In-build: 25m Eco Tender takes shape at Perini Navi

In-build: 25m Eco Tender takes shape at Perini Navi

Italian yard Perini Navi has made swift progress on its recently announced Eco Tender project — as these first in-build photos show, the hull and superstructure are already complete.

This 25 metre all-aluminium motor yacht is due for delivery in early 2019 as a tender and supplementary vessel for a client who also owns a 50 metre Perini Navi sailing yacht.

Speaking last year, Luca Boldrini, sales director of motor yachts at Perini Navi, explained: “The project grew out of discussions for a bigger sailing boat. What they really wanted was more flexible cabin space to accommodate single guests or children. As they prefer to anchor offshore, they also wanted to explore closer inshore in something more substantial than a conventional RIB.”

The resulting super tender design inherits the Perini Navi style with graceful looks and comfortable interiors. Her lines come courtesy of the Italian yard’s in-house head of design, Franco Romani and the high bulwarks mean that guests will be able to step straight onto the mothership.

Accommodation is for up to six guests split between three staterooms, including a full-beam VIP suite, a double cabin and a bunk bed cabin, while the compact crew quarters can accommodate two people. Key features include a contemporary interior décor and a sunken foredeck seating area, which allows the owner to pursue his other passions of bird watching and nature photography.

Power will come from a diesel-electric drivetrain that comprises a pair of 1,627hp MAN engines twinned to Hamilton waterjets for a top speed of more than 30 knots. The owner can also opt for a zero-emission mode that uses a battery bank to power the waterjets — ideal for exploring marine parks or other environmentally sensitive areas.

Boldrini describes this system as a “first”, adding that the impetus came from the nature-loving owner, who has a “huge respect for the environment”.

This is the smallest Perini Navi project since the Perini 80 sailing series, which hit the water in the late 1980s. Other hybrid superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 42 metre E-volution, which is at an advanced engineering stage.

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