Benetti's custom-built 108 metre IJE was constructed with a straightforward brief from the owner: "A sleek, elegant yacht that could also carry three large tenders". The vast garage at the stern and large tender bays forward make IJE a master toy carrier. Delivered in 2019 with an interior of 3,600GT, the yacht was penned by RWD.
The most innovative superyacht tender garages
Almost every luxury yacht carries a tender of some sort, but how they carry them distinguishes the run-of-the-mill from the truly exceptional. BOAT picks out the finest examples from around the world, starting with IJE's expansive tender garage.
Bilgin Yachts' 80 metre flagship Tatiana features a bow shaped like a bullet, which conceals hatches for two Castoldi tenders, four Jet Skis and mooring equipment. This interesting architectural feature leaves nothing but a seamless expanse of the deck forward, with emergency rafts hidden from view on the upper deck.
SilverYachts' military-style explorer 85 metre Bold was designed as a sports activity vessel with capability of carrying numerous tenders and toys. The stern holds two 15 metre tenders alongside two Jet Skis, while aft sits an Espen Øino-designed Rupert RIB tender which ferries guests to and from shore.
Octopus is one of the most iconic superyachts in the world. But her main talking point is perhaps her huge internal dock. The floodable stern is capable of accommodating the 19 metre tender Man of War and a 20 metre submarine. While under the ownership of the late Paul Allen, Octopus and her submarine were used to search for a sunken ship. After eight years of looking, they finally discovered the Japanese ship Musashi that sunk during the Second World War.
This 52 metre steel-hulled cruiser by Sanlorenzo packs the premium features to match her impressive size, such as a superyacht beach club with a removable floor. This means that the area can be partially flooded, allowing her eight metre tender to gracefully drift in and effortlessly dock with the mothership. Once the transom door is closed, the excess water is pumped out and Seven Sins is ready to cruise on to her next destination.
The desire to free up space in the transom for a superyacht beach club has led many designers to move the tender garage towards the bow, where they can be craned into a foredeck locker. The high-tech Lürssen superyacht Elysian, takes exactly this approach, with its gull-wing doors allowing an eight-metre custom Windy limo tender and a crew boat to be snugly housed.