Published: Thursday, 09 May 2013
Mike Fulton

Hodgdon Yachts has announced the delivery two new custom-built tenders - hull numbers 415 and 416.

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These 8.5-metre beauties were designed by Andrew Winch Designs of London, with naval architecture and engineering by Hodgdon's own in-house engineering team. They were specially engineered and constructed using infused epoxy carbon fibre construction to meet the client's demanding weight constrictions.

The limousine tender features the exceptional craftsmanship and sophisticated systems engineering that Hodgdon has become so well known for. Outside, the defining characteristic is a compound curve teak-clad transom exceptionally executed, while inside it is the full wood raised panel teak joinery. Interior features include a separate toilet and wash basin lockers with luxury leather seating for up to eight guests plus two crew. Systems highlights include NEMA 2000 systems integrated iPad in the salon, electrically retracting glass moon roof, electrically retracting glass aft bulkhead, hydraulically lifting roof, lithium ion smart battery system and more.

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The open tender, a companion to the limo tender, features open seating for 10 people plus two crew, a retracting hardtop over the helm (for clearance into the mother ship tender garage) and a special Andrew Winch-designed and Hodgdon-engineered retracting bow ramp for beach and shore-side guest boarding convenience.

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Both vessels have overall lengths of just over 8.5 metres with water level lengths of around 7.5 metres. Draft for both is one metre with drive down and 0.5 metres with drive up. Displacement is 4,600 kilograms and both are powered by Volvo D-6/400HP engines. The beam of the limosine version is 2.75 metres and that for the open version is 2.69 metres. The limo has a top speed of 38 knots and that for the open tender is 39 knots.

Both tenders are in transit to a significant shipyard in Holland where they will join the mother ship launching soon.