Cutting edge electronics and state-of-the-art technical systems make many yachts as interesting as the destinations they frequent. Onboard pools and hot tubs are more than a place for two or three people to relax. The fun never stops, with toys by the dozen that were unimaginable even a decade ago. And luxury yacht charter is, quite simply, the best-kept secret in travel.
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 Tommy Bahama label evokes coastal living and the island life. As you think Tommy Bahama, images of swaying palm trees and loose-fitting silk shirts emblazoned with jumping marlins probably float to mind, but rustic hand-hewed cabins and Adirondack chairs? Probably not.
Established in 2002, this Italian company already has an impressive range of models available. A few of those will be on display in Miami this year. One, the sleek 40 STL, is an impressive open yacht with more than enough to appeal as either a superyacht tender or dayboat.
A new addition to Deep Impact’s line of tenders and powerboats, the first 330LS was finished just in time to make her Fort Lauderdale debut and will reappear in Miami this year. For this line, LS stands for Luxury Seating, and when you look at the plans you can see why.
This is not your father’s inflatable. When Pirelli first sold boats, they were popular, easy to use and hard working. Early in its history, Pirelli ventured outside of the industrial world into motorsports and even fashion. Naturally, when it revisited the boating sector with its new line of PZero tenders, style had to be part of the mix.
Sessa is a relative newcomer to the flybridge market. A year ago it introduced in Miami its first flybridge yacht, the Fly 45. Then came the Fly 40. In Miami this year Sessa unveils its 54 in part to meet the demands of its US dealer Total Marine.
Boston Whaler launches its 270 Dauntless this month, a nice option as a versatile towable center-console tender. With a length of 27 feet 4 inches (27ft 10in with platform) and a 9-foot beam, the largest boat in Boston Whaler’s Dauntless line offers expanded storage, seating and greater fuel capacity (150 gallons), plus upgraded helm seating and leaning post.
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.
Among the many tenders debuting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week is a light and compact tender from AB Inflatables. Equipped with the standard 20hp four-stroke Tohatsu engine, it weighs just 425 pounds. However, the new 10 VSX is no lightweight when it comes to equipment and performance.
Looking for a deal on the brokerage market? There will be plenty of attractive superyachts for sale at FLIBS this year, but don’t expect a steal. Contrary to persisting rumors, brokers tell us that, while prices dipped drastically in 2009 (up to 40 percent), they have recovered and have been holding pretty steady ever since.