Like their land-bound namesakes, Limousine tenders entirely about the comfort, class and arriving in superstar style, dry, unruffled and ready for your close up!
Undertaking similar ship-to-shore duties as a RIB tender or other varieties of support vessels, Limousine tenders are invariably full of luxury features, such as sumptuous leather seats, bar and ice buckets, subtle LED lighting, high-tech entertainment and surround sound, windows for views and tinted glazing and shades for privacy, wide transoms for easy, safe entry and exit, a sleek profile and efficient hull for cutting through the water with elegance and elan.
Limousine tenders are an iteration of the classic day boat that epitomised “La Dolce Vita” made famous by the film stars of the 50s and 60s and their lavish, hedonistic lifestyles.
Rugged heart throbs like Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas and Richard Burton, barefoot and bare-chested, whisked away their co-starlet or latest love affair wearing a designer swimsuit, scarf and oversized sunglasses, criss-crossing the Riviera on a compact luxury launch to pose for paparazzi.
The appeal of the Limousine tender endures today, and they are a common sight on the waters of Port Hercules, Monaco, the Bay of Cannes and throughout the Med, ferrying guests from superyachts to shore – whether that’s secluded bay or sophisticated bar.
The largest vessels carry their Limousine tenders on board, tucked within their capacious garages, many with advanced deployment technology so they are smoothly lowered into the water, and travel the world serving their guests. Some are stand alone, garaged on shore and summoned by Captains and crew for special sojourns when only the most luxurious transport will do.
From Monaco, the Wallytender range, a brand under the Ferretti Group umbrella, comprises several models designed as a versatile family day boat, superyacht tender or resort shuttle. With its carbon hardtop, fold-out aft wings, sunpads, and below decks, a double cabin with ensuite, and powered by 880hp, the Wallytender 43 is laden with features, fast, stylish and seaworthy.
Proudly Australian, Vikal is a father-son operation based in Western Australia and handcrafting custom tenders for iconic vessels from yards like Benetti, Feadship, Lurssen, Oceanco and Blohm + Voss.
Pascoe International, founded in 2004, work with clients to design custom limousine tenders that complement the mothership. Having built over 300 Limousine tenders, Pascoe is famous for the unique support vessel built specifically for one of the world’s most prestigious sailing yachts, The Maltese Falcon built by Perini Navi.
When it comes to ‘Limos with the works’, Xtenders have filled a niche with their bespoke, carbon fibre fleet, designed by Extreme 40 sailing catamaran proponent, Herbert Dercksen.
TORRENS LUXURY COLLECTION has vast experience operating charter and private superyachts with Limousine tenders, as well as overseeing custom builds for clients, working with them from design to delivery.
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