SL Limousine

UK, Southampton. Pascoe International has spent the last three years developing a new range of tenders, which it will present at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. The new SL line (available from 9.6m to 10.6m) comprises of a Limousine and the open Landau model, both of which were designed by Ken Freivokh Design (KFD) with naval architecture by Patrick Banfield.

“The USP of these tenders is that they are based on a highly researched platform — something which is standard practice for cars and planes, but somehow neglected for yachts,” explains principal designer at KFD, Ken Freivokh. “The Pascoe design is the result of extensive research to develop the optimum platform for a superyacht tender, yet still offers the potential for extensive customisation.”

SL Landau

Both models have been designed with the aim of offering superior views out along with providing a comfortable and open ride. In moving the control station towards the aft — amidships in the case of the Landau — the forward section of the boat is unobstructed. Each model features a seating area at the bow, which includes a foldable bimini built into the hull that is concealed by a hatch that remains flush with the hull whether deployed or not.

“The vast majority of limo style tenders only make the central area available for guest use, with the bow area devoted to steering and the aft platform left as an engine cover,” continues Freivokh. “The open Landau tender and the fully enclosed limousine offer a very handsome horseshoe style guest seating area forward.”

The SL Landau has a top speed of 40 knots and can carry 14 guests

Aft of the bow seating area are boarding steps, which lead on to the main seating area. On the Limousine, a central retractable glass roof makes it easy to enter the cabin while also opening the interior to the marine environment and minimising the feeling of claustrophobia. In contrast, the Landau offers an open seating area aft of the control station, with sunbeds mounted behind.

“The new range is a big step and is very exciting for us,” explains general manager at Pascoe International, Richard Watson. “We’re trying to offer something that is better than other offerings on the market in terms of usability and reliability. At the same time, it was important for us to make the range a more accessible semi-production option. It is cheaper, has a shorter lead time and offers all the quality and functionality you would expect.”

SL Limousine interior

Capable of transporting 14 guests in the Landau, with space for a further two guests in the Limousine, a top speed of 40 knots and 35 knots respectively is envisaged from two 260hp engines. The engines are de-coupled from the drive train in order to reduce vibration and noise, while saddle stitched detailing and embroidered logos on the seating add to the luxury feel of the line.

The first two hulls under construction are for the open Landau model, one of which will be at the boat show in September, with the third hull being constructed for a Limousine. Watson confirmed that the team had sold three orders of the closed cabin model at the time of writing.

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