A yacht’s garage hosts an armada of tenders and fun-filled toys. We’ve selected the very best to keep you entertained on charter
A hint of nostalgia is never far away from a sailing man’s heart, so it’s no wonder that this crop of retro tenders hits the sweet spot.
Riva has been building boats since 1842 in Sarnico, on Lake Iseo in Italy, and the name has become synonymous with quality, elegance, speed and beauty. Today, a Riva is still the tender of choice for many yachts including the beautiful Christina O. The 10-metre Aquariva Super is heir to the legendary Aquarama and is rapidly developing her own following. Often copied but never reproduced, her sleek lines and attention to detail, combine with comfort, reliability and performance. Zipping from yacht to shore with up to eight people on board, she is a head-turner. The lines, chrome, lacquer-work, leather, woodwork and fittings all stand out, especially when polished to perfection by a professional yacht crew.
The RIB is a great no-nonsense performer at sea, but as well as being rugged and practical it can also look the part on a superyacht
Goldfish 29 RIB Tender
Norwegian builder Goldfish has been finely honing its line of RIB tenders for years, and all that care and attention clearly shows in the details of the 29 RIB Tender. It looks striking, but also has a host of practical features – Scandinavians can’t resist building small boats for people who actually use them. There’s an engine cover that converts to a sunpad and bench seat, and a foldout table if you want to stay on board for nibbles. It needs an engine cover because it’s powered by a 370hp diesel inboard that’ll get it up to 60 knots – a petrol version delivers a stunning 80. That’s a lot of performance for a tender, but then this is a boat that has offshore prowess – Goldfish hulls starred in last year’s punishing Round-Britain Powerboat Race. Yet it can mix the rough with the smooth – it is styled as a tender and already has a place serving as just that on the Norwegian royal yacht.
The very best in modern design, cutting-edge styling and production techniques is utilised in these fabulous tenders.
You’ll never mistake a Wally boat for anything else on the water. The stealthy lines set the WallyTender apart from the crowd, with a sharp entry bow and enough flare to keep passengers dry. And let’s face it you’ll probably be going quickly: the twin 420hp petrols deliver a 50-knot performance and the twin Yanmar diesels will get you in the 40s. This is a big boat in itself – 13.6 metres overall, with a beam of 4.3 metres, but there’s plenty of space for guests and gear as a transfer vessel and there are decent on-board facilities for longer runs away from the mothership.
Exploring the fascinating, unspoilt world underneath your bathing platform is perfectly possible with these super submersibles
Some serious James Bond-style exploring is easy with the U-Boat Worx C-Quester. It offers boat-like handling and unrivalled stability and can sink down to a whopping 100 metres.It is also freeboard on the surface. The C-Quester 3 one-atmospheric submersible (below) is proving to be the most popular of their range in that it allows a pilot – generally one of the yacht’s crew – to drive the submarine while a guest rides aboard, camera in hand if they like, to enjoy the view. The newest generation of submersibles use lithium-ion battery technology to provides longer usage and rapid recharging. A variable ballast tank has also been added in order to simplify the process of balancing out payload differences.
Happiness is sharing around your yacht in one of these finely tuned machines.
Kawasaki Ultra 260X
The most powerful production PWC in history. Starting it up, the Ultra growls like a leopard – immediately sending shivers up your spine. Nailing the throttle, the bow leaps onto the plane and the Ultra rockets forwards. In a straight line it is fast, stable, and easy-to-control. As you break out of the mid-range there is a ramp-up in torque and, with the wind howling past your ears and adrenaline pumping hard, friends and family on the sundeck will watch in awe as you blitz round the yacht. Carving into a corner, the Ultra 260X banks like a motorbike, leaning smoothly and precisely, even at 70mph. You’ll fall in love with the power and control. Best for: speed freaks. Top speed: 73mph. Power: 260hp. Rider capacity: 1-3 person. Dry weight: 420kg. Price: £11,600. www.kawasaki.com
The toys you need to have fun on the water, below the water and even above the water
The Breathing Observation Bubble is a one-person submersible that can cruise effortlessly underwater at two knots. The device combines a bubble helmet, seat, air tank and thruster inside a rotationally moulded, impact resistant, polyethylene body.
The diver sits in a comfortable upright position with their head inside a bubble of air, so there is no need to wear a mask or breathe through a regulator. A button on the steering wheel operates the thruster motor under the seat.