Twenty years ago, Boston Whalers and RIBs were as popular with large-yacht buyers as they were with boaters who owned just these craft. They served as occasional toys or were used for utilitarian purposes by the mothership’s crew, and sometimes both. The more yachts grew in size, though, the more time they started spending at anchor. Suddenly, owners found themselves needing a better way of getting to and from shore.
The 35-foot (10.5-meter) Michael Peters–designed Hodgdon Limo tender is a versatile fiberglass and carbon-fiber beauty. The hydraulically raising roof means guests won’t dampen their spirits in inclement weather or miss out on a sunny day. This feature provides easy boarding and 360-degree ventilation.
Market contraction notwithstanding, 2012 has been a most interesting year in the yachting world. It is difficult to cover all that has happened in a few pages, but we attempted to bring you a snapshot. Our wandering editors highlighted a few of the noteworthy happenings of the past 12 months, which may lead to yet more exciting things soon to come.
Building upon its recent success with the Top 100 set, Hodgdon Yachts of Maine has recently developed with Michael Peters Yacht Design a series of alluring tenders. Two of Hodgdon’s custom-built 10.5-meter limo tenders (by Michael Peters Yacht Design) already accompany the Oceanco Seven Seas on her journeys around the world.
When ordering a custom yacht, it's important to have tender and toys as unique as the mothership. This month we look at several companies that are building custom or highly unique tenders as well as a French company with an innovative watertoy every family will want on board.