Triple the tender

Superyacht tenders are often mere accompaniments to the mother yacht. Yet, from Beattie’s point of view, the tender is one of the most important parts of the whole yachting experience. After all, what’s the point of having an explorer yacht that goes to fantastic locales, yet leaving the guests either on the yacht or on-shore only? To that end, Beattie and Marshall worked on the concept for Big Fish’s 28-foot tender, Triple Ripple, in considerable detail.

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Most interestingly, Triple Ripple has a 300-nautical mile range, and includes an on-board enclosed head, purpose built storage for Scuba gear, a sound system, and a detachable bimini. Beattie points out that, during the daytime, he spends much of his time onboard the yacht’s tender, exploring shallow areas, bays and the shore, with the yacht serving as a sort of moving luxury hotel.

To keep plenty of space clear in the aft end of Big Fish, Triple Ripple is stored up at the bow, below deck. A clever system makes use of a lifting platform that reveals the tender and a davit, letting the crew deploy the tender clear of the aft end. On most occasions, Beattie says, the tender is simply towed behind the yacht, and in fact, the tender was designed to be towed for long distances.

Moving on

As our interview comes to a finish, Beattie merrily informs me that he and his mates are due to leave that day to rendezvous with Big Fish, then in the Galapagos Islands, for some quality exploration time. In fact, Beattie reckons he’ll wind up spending about eight to ten weeks of the year aboard his amazing new treasure, making the rest available for charter.

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As Big Fish was meant to explore the world’s oceans, her maiden voyage will naturally be a circumnavigation. From the Galapagos, she will make her way to Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in the US. This coming winter, Big Fish will be available for amazing ten-day charters in Antarctica, from December through to February.

Beattie then plans to take the Northeast Passage over the north of Russia in the summer of 2011 to arrive back in the Pacific. His plan is to then permanently base Big Fish in the South Pacific and in Southeast Asia, where she will be available for more chartering fun. Since her launch back in the spring of 2010, Beattie reports that Big Fish has had three big charters, and he certainly anticipates more after the Fort Lauderdale showing.

Beattie is clearly pleased with his first major foray into custom superyachting, and he is now involved in the construction of a sistership for Big Fish, Star Fish, a 50-metre version which will have an extendable platform off the aft deck which will function like a pier. According to Beattie, Star Fish is already six months into construction.

When she is done, there will be plenty for those charterers with a taste for luxury, fun and adventure in the world’s most remote and beautiful places.

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Technical Specifications – Big Fish

Length: 45 Meters 147.6 Feet
Beam: 9 Meters 29.5 Feet 

Draft: 3 Meters 9.8 Feet 

Number of crew: 10

Built: 2010

Builder: McMullen & Wing

Naval architect: Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects

Flag: Marshall Islands

Hull construction: Steel

Hull configuration: Displacement
Engines: Caterpillar 3508B DI-TA 1050hp @ 1600rpm

Generators: Two Kilopak 125 kW
Cruising speed: 10kts
Fuel Consumption (at cruise): 120 Litres/Hr
Number of cabins: 5 (3)

Cabin configuration: 5 Double
Bed configuration: 1 King, 4 Queen

Number of guests: 10


Tenders and toys: 

1 x 28' Custom M & W tender (300-mile range)
8 sets of dive gear
1 x 14ft Nautica RIB with outboard
2 x Wake boards
1 x kayak
2 x windsurfers
2 x kiteboard sets
2 x paddle boards
Snorkeling gear
Uunder water cameras