Amphibious yacht tenders may be the latest, and greatest thing on land or sea!
Some super yachts are so large, that they can accommodate multiple tenders, and even ATVs for onshore adventures. But what if you could have one “vessel” that could serve both purposes? Not only would it take up less space, but it would be pretty darn cool!
You can have that “best of both worlds,” with an amphibious tender, such as those made by New Zealand based Sealegs. As evidence of the rise in popularity of such craft, Sealegs recently issued a press release, announcing that they had closed over two million dollars in sales at the Auckland Water Boat Show.
Sealegs amphibious craft are custom-built to match any superyacht. According to the company, “we pride ourselves on crafting the perfect tender for any superyacht, regardless of size or design.” The builder goes on to say that, with a Sealegs amphibious tender, you will, “experience effortless landing and launching on any beach with the best in amphibious tender technology. The patented Sealegs amphibious system is proven on over 1100 craft built and sent to over 51 countries around the world.”
Sealegs Sport RIB is the most compact RIB in the Sealegs family. While it was initially designed for negotiating smaller garages and spaces, at under 20ft, is ideal as a yacht tender.
Other Amphibious Watercraft
While the Sealegs Sport RIB may be the latest example of an amphibious tender, it is not the only such “vehicle” on the market.
Another one that was introduced last year, and has been making “traction,” ever since, is the Iguana. The builder of the Iguana describes the craft as an amphibious speed boat. Rather than wheels, the Iguana rolls along on tread-like tracks, that deploy like an airplane’s landing gear as she exits the water. On land she can “go on any kind of terrain – pebbles, concrete, mud and even soft sand,” according to Iguana Yachts founder, Antoine Brugidou. He goes on to describe that the tender’s versatility is due to the strength of the track. “The weight is spread over a very large surface so it doesn’t sink and you can actually drive it over places you would find it difficult to walk on. The ground pressure of the whole boat is similar to the weight of one person on foot. The system is very powerful, so you can go up steep slopes such as sand dunes, too.”
Brugidou goes on to describe the ease at which the amphibious craft can exit and re-enter the water. “It’s a bit like landing a plane. When you get close to the beach you just press a button and your landing gear unfolds from the hull – it only takes eight seconds, so it’s very quick. At this point you are still moving with your outboard engine. You push two levers forwards to make the tracks start to move and when you reach the shore the tracks will grip it and drive onto the land. Reversing the process is even easier, – you drive into the shore with the tracks and once you feel you are starting to float you start the outboard engine.”
Brugidou says that while right now his main clients for the Iguana are yacht owners and a few waterfront resorts, “there are many potential uses for a boat like this – coastguards, rescue, scuba diving, transportation of goods, and for fun, obviously!”
Two other amphibious tenders that have been making waves at recent boat shows are The Humdinga, a high-speed amphibious truck that can bring you on inland adventures in ways no ordinary yacht tender can, and the Quadski XL, which was the big hit at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. Not a truck/tender like the Humdinga, the Quadski is more a combination Jet-ski and ATV for on-water and off-road fun.
How to Find the Right Tender for Your Yacht
While an amphibious tender may be one of the latest and greatest in water toys, that may not be what you are looking for in a yacht tender.
The most common mistake that yacht owners make when shopping for a tender is to get one that is the wrong size for their primary boat. You would be surprised at how many yacht owners simply do not measure the exact dimensions of where the tender will be housed on the yacht. Dimensions can be deceiving. You need to take into account the tilt on the tender’s outboard for example, and also keep in mind, that while a 13 foot tender may fit in 14 feet of space, it may restrict access to boarding or maneuvering about the boat. When looking for a tender, it may be a good idea to take your engineer, or captain along, or trust the advice of your yacht manager, to ensure you get the right size.
Love Your Tender
Our On Demand yachting service will “love your tender,” and everything else there is about your luxury motoryacht. With on demand you can be sure that engines and every other system aboard your tender or primary boat, are always in tip top shape, and ready for adventure, whenever you are!
Finding reliable crew can be challenging. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (855) 318-6328.
[Main Image Courtesy of Sealegs – http://www.sealegsrecreational.com/images.html]
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