UK. Guy Waters, who graduated earlier this year from Coventry University with a degree in transport design, presents a new 9.7m tender inspired by river launches of yesteryear coupled with styling cues from sailing yacht Foggy, a design by Frank Gehry.
“My interest in boats and the water really stems from growing up near the coast I think, North Norfolk specifically,” says Waters. “I am fascinated with clever use of space, layouts and ultimately styling, whether it be new or old. I did some work on the refit of a 1928 American schooner last year, which was great, and have done further hands on work with some more modern craft since.”
Waters latest boat design, which has a beam of 2.4m, accommodates 10 guests amidships with the cockpit located forward of this. A sunpad features on the foredeck, while distinctive engine air-intakes sit above the engine compartment, which is separated by shallow steps that lead to the stern for bathing. “These steps are floating, allowing water entering at the stern to flow underneath them and exit between the exhausts,” says Waters.
“The aim of the vessel was simplicity, breaking away from the mould of how a tender should be presented,” says the young designer, who explains how it was important to create a shape that gives an impression of movement even when stationary. This is achieved in part by keep the profile low, opting for an axe-bow and curved stern. “Keeping the colour pallet to a minimum was a key objective, with a single colour to the hull, teak decking, and upholstery being the only three differences in texture and hue.”
The carbon build with teak decking will be powered by twin Nanni 270 engines offering a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed is 30 knots. Power is delivered by a traditional twin screw setup with quarto-blade stainless props.