UK, Falmouth. Cockwells, the British superyacht tender specialist, has launched its newest limousine tender. The 9.5m vessel is built to match the internal and external aesthetics of its 88m Far East-built mothership, as well as suiting the larger vessels dimensions and weight restrictions. SuperyachtDesign.com speaks to Dave Cockwell, managing director and founder of Cockwells, about the project.
“The interior design and finishes have been done to compliment the beach club of the mothership, creating a seamless transition from the tender into the mothership,” starts Cockwell. “The interior is very contemporary, very clean with subtle mixture of timbers, primarily washed teak and dark walnut with a high gloss.” The mothership’s beach club will be found to the side of the vessel where the tender will be loaded using a two point lifting crane.
Designed in-house by Cockwells in collaboration with naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme, she weighs in at three tonnes and can reach a top speed of 36 knots with 12 passengers on board using a single 370hp Yanmar engine. A combination of carbon deck and superstructure and the latest composite products ensure weight is kept off and speed is kept up.
“Three tonnes is not heavy for a tender of this size and style, but she wasn’t designed to be super lightweight. We were looking to optimise around the three tonne mark to get the right performance for the horse power we had allowed,” Cockwell explains.
This limousine concept is built using Cockwells’ existing Pacific Hull mould, but everything from the hull to deck joint is completely custom. “The most impressive thing about this boat is the comfort it provides thanks to her low centre of gravity, and at low speeds she is extremely quite,” continues Cockwell.
The helmsman on board is found towards the Bow. Cockwell explains that, in the case of limousine tenders, it is important for the helmsman to be at the most uncomfortable point on the vessel, this ensures he maintains awareness of the guest’s discomfort and can alter his driving style appropriately.