Yacht Tenders 101: Different Types and Uses

WALLY 43 TENDER - NEW BUILD 2021 47' 6" WALLY YACHTS, Yacht tenders depend on many factors, from owner's use of the vessel, to how large the yacht is to what activities guests wish to carry out.

Yacht tenders come in a range of shapes and sizes and are dependent on a variety of factors, from the owners’ use of the vessel, to how large the yacht is to what activities guests wish to carry out.  

Tender boats are often divided into the following categories: RIBs, Limousines, Custom Tenders, Jet Tenders, Electric Tenders, Sport and Fishing Tenders.

What Is a Tender Boat?

A tender boat, also called yacht tender, boat tender, or simply tender, is a smaller vessel yacht owners use to go back and forth from a large yacht, mega yacht, or superyacht.

Six Yacht Tender Boat Categories: From Luxurious Dinghies to Superyacht Toys

#1 RIBs 

RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are an extremely popular choice of tender boats as they offer a blend of functionality, practicality, and durability. These lightweight vessels are perfect for yacht crew use and often deployed to collect provisions from ashore

#2 Limousine Tenders 

Limousine tenders combine style and function, with fully enclosed seating to protect those on board from any water or adverse weather. These tenders are often used to take guests ashore or on short journeys. These tender boats are often sleek and comfortable to ensure maximum guest comfort.  

#3 Custom Tenders 

Just as a custom yacht is built to an owner’s taste, yacht tenders can be fully customized for any specific boating need or style. Owners now see tenders as an extension of the yacht rather than just a small dinghy to take the owner to and from the shore. 

In recent years, it has become increasingly common for tenders to mirror or match the mothership; not only does this streamline the luxury five-star experience for guests when they are picked up from the shore, it also is a sleek way of identifying your tender while in the harbor. 

In recent years, it has become increasingly common for tenders to mirror or match the mothership; not only does this streamline the luxury five-star experience for guests when they are picked up from the shore, it also is a sleek way of identifying your tender while in the harbor. 

#4 Jet Tenders 

The Jet Tender is another excellent choice of vessel because of its shallow draft and high maneuverability. Often highly powered and fast, these tender boats are used to take guests to shallow anchorages or beaches, or sometimes used alongside water toys and the yacht’s on board equipment. 

Often highly powered and fast, these tenders are used to take guests to shallow anchorages or beaches, or sometimes used alongside water toys and the yacht’s on board equipment. 

 
# 5 Sport or Fishing Tenders 

Vessels that are owned or chartered by fishing enthusiasts will often have a towed boat tender or a RIB that facilitates fishing trips or deep-sea excursions. Tender boats can be equipped with a range of fishing amenities, such as live wells, cool boxes, and storage for fishing rods and equipment. Often these tenders are more basic in appearance but are well equipped to cater to all the needs of a modern angler. Fishing tenders are much quicker and are powered by multiple engines, which enables guests and owners to travel at high speeds and reach a range of different fishing destinations. 

#6 Electric Tenders 

Within the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of electric or e-tenders. As yacht tenders don’t tend to travel great distances, they are perfect candidates for electronic engines that need frequent charging or are solar powered.  

As tenders don’t tend to travel great distances, they are perfect candidates for electronic engines that need frequent charging or are solar powered.


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