Xtender 9.3m — the custom convertible tender that offers the best of both worlds
by Sam Ross
Dutch builder Xtender has delivered a 9.3 metre tender which has been designed to “combine all the advantages of an open day boat and a luxurious limousine”.
Built for an 83.5 metre Feadship the tender is made solely from carbon fibre, weighing in at 3.5 tons and capable of reaching a top speed of 39 knots. The unique concept was drawn by Denis Popov and Xtender worked in collaboration with Vripack and StrucTeam.
The tender’s innovative design, featuring two retractable roofs, makes the boat both multifunctional and practical. At the push of a button the two roofs can be moved into three different positions. Raising the coachroof and the Bimini forms a fully functional limousine with two separate decks or if the Bimini is raised above the aft deck a versatile tender with two open decks is created. Finally, both roofs can be lowered into the hull, creating a total storage height of 1.55 metres, so it can be neatly fit in the superyacht's garage.
The vessel’s layout has two distinctive areas — the front limousine interior and the open aft deck with an adjustable seating arrangement. The main interior, placed towards the bow, can seat up to 12 guests and also benefits from a panoramic roof, continuous LED lighting, climate control and a multimedia system.
The aft deck offers the perfect space for on-water activities with various different set-ups available. The transom can also fold down to offer easy access to the water.
The tender is based on the unique 12 metre scalloped hull design by Xtender which can be trimmed down to any size between 8 and 12 metres.
“The custom convertible limousine is a prime example of a truly personalised product,” said a spokesman from Xtender. “A tremendous amount of effort and craftsmanship was taken to design, engineer, and build such a unique vessel to the highest superyacht standards.”