UK. In early November we reported on one of two new tender concepts designed by Coventry University graduate Guy Waters. While the first model is a 9.7m rigid tender, the second is a 9.4m RIB based on the young designer’s dissertation for which he received a distinction.
“Inspired by the work that went into my dissertation, this go-anywhere adventure tender is based on the same platform as an inshore lifeboat concept I designed for the RNLI, converted for the consumer market,” explains Waters. “Aimed at owners who want to explore new places or who want to spend a night away from the mothership, the RIB can be driven single handed and has all the accoutrements you'd expect to find on a sleeper vessel.”
Offering the same beam as the rigid tender at 2.4m, this RIB design can transport eight to 10 guests, with a double cabin forward for a couple wishing to spend the night. The port side features an L-shaped seating area, while additional seating is provided on the starboard side, which includes an integrated galley unit with a hob, sink and small fridge.
Aft of the boat is a bathing platform, with the engine bay hatch concealed by sunpads. The steps, which provide access to the seating area amidships, can be lifted hydraulically to provide access to the engine bay for maintenance, with additional access gained by removing the sunpads. Exterior lighting is fitted throughout the boat, helping to create a soothing atmosphere at night.
“The shape of the hull and tube are based on the results of my research which looked at how crew members work on inshore lifeboats,” says Waters. “Using this idea and applying it to a tender meant that it should create a sense of adventure and exploration. Utilising a waterjet system, as opposed to a propeller, kept the draught shallow allowing the boat to navigate coastlines with relative ease.”
The GRP boat with Hypalon variable diameter construction tubes will be powered by a single Nanni engine producing 300hp, connected to a Hamilton waterjet.