Sealegs and J Craft reveal luxury amphibious tender
by Chris Jefferies
Swedish tender specialist J Craft has teamed up with Sealegs of New Zealand to create an amphibious version of its Torpedo 42 luxury superyacht tender.
This curvaceous design features a flared aft section, which disguises the landing wheels that allow this innovative tender to drive up the beach and easily drop guests off in some of the world’s most remote destinations.
Eric Series, chairman of Sealegs said: “The Sealegs 100 system that J Craft will use is the most powerful system we have ever built and will make [the tender] more versatile than ever, as well as turning heads.”
This amphibious tender is based on the 12.6 metre J Craft Torpedo, which features a retro design that harks back to the wooden speedboats of the 1950s and 1960s.
Key features on board include a wet bar and galley featuring cutlery designed by Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden. The high standards continue with handcrafted cabinetry, sumptuous leathers and a steering wheel designed by Italian automotive specialist Nardi.
The deck area can be shaded by a bimini, which extends forward to offer protection to anyone relaxing on the foredeck sunpads.
As you might expect from a tender called the Torpedo, this amphibious cruiser can hold its own among the world’s fastest superyacht tenders. Power comes from a pair of IPS 500 pod drives, which allow for a top speed of 44 knots and a maximum cruising range of 350 nautical miles.