“The type of bamboo we use matches, if not exceeds, the qualities of hardwood,” explains Peter Illig, the international business development and sustainability advisor at Lamboo. “Lamboo components are more stable by an average of 20 per cent in comparison with hardwoods and up to 40 per cent more stable than softwoods such as pine or douglas fir. Bamboo also reacts better when exposed to fire, as it smoulders rather than burns.”
The tender, which can carry a maximum of eight guests and achieve a maximum speed of 28 knots, will be available in two models to accommodate both the superyacht and lake-based markets. The former version is estimated to cost a little over 148,600 euros to construct, with an equivalent model made from traditional plywood costing approximately five per cent less.
“For the superyacht market we offer the full Lamboo plywood construction version finished in a veneer of almost unlimited colours, tone patterns and grains,” says Symonds. “This is diesel powered via a z-drive unit using either a Volvo Penta 190d or the more powerful Mercruiser producing 265hp.”
A model of the R1 tender will be presented at the 2013 boat shows in Abu Dhabi and Singapore to tempt prospective owners.
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