Hodgdon Tenders, the superyacht tender division of Hodgdon in East Boothbay, announced on Monday, May 21 that it launched a 6.5 meter limousine tender. The tender currently is the smallest member of the Venetian line, which ranges from 6.5 to 12 meters.
Michael Peters Yacht Design, of Sarasota, Fla., designed the 6.5-meter mini Venetian limousine tender, which includes many of the features that can be seen in Hodgdon’s larger tenders.
Designed for easy boarding, the tender features port and starboard hull doors that swing open for aft boarding, custom retracting stairs into the guest cabin, and a roof that lifts for full headroom height. Large glass panels have been incorporated into the roof, which allow natural light to enter the cabin and provide a feeling of spaciousness. The luxury cabin — with heat and air conditioning — allows comfortable seating for up to eight guests.
“This project has been a very exciting challenge and something we have aspired to undertake for a few years. We wanted to be the first superyacht under 50 meters to have a fully fledged limousine tender, but it needed to adhere to strict size and weight restrictions,” said Angus Jack, captain of the 47-meter Feadship. “Hodgdon impressed from the get-go, with the list of owner and crew demands for the boat being exceeded. Hodgdon’s professional approach and willingness to think outside the box has led to a phenomenal product built to the highest standards.
“I can’t thank the team enough for their efforts and I am sure this will pave the way for other similar sized superyachts to follow suit and offer their owners’ and guests’ limousine comfort transport.”
One of the most impressive points about the tender is its handling. Powered by a Volvo D3-220 diesel engine, speeds of up to 35 knots were recorded during builder trials.
“Being able to offer a limousine tender of this size that’s comfortable, luxurious, quiet, and handles so well is exciting,” said Audrey Hodgdon, the firm’s director of sales and marketing. “Now, superyachts with small tender bays or limited space on deck have the option to carry a high-quality Hodgdon limousine tender.”
Upon delivery, Hodgdon’s dedicated service and support team will recommission the tender and provide crew training.