ITALY, Parma. Christian Grande is the award-winning yacht and product designer behind Italia Veloce bikes, the Picchio Boat, the Sessa Marine range of motorboats and the 18m Zetar RIB for SACS Marine. Now Grande has teamed up once again with SACS to reveal the Strider 22 maxi-RIB concept. With its innovative styling and 22.5m LOA, the design reveals the trend towards dayboats and superyacht tenders that combine comfort with ease of handling and performance.

The RIB’s most distinctive feature is its reverse bow and wrap-around glass canopy that provides both protection from the elements and excellent visibility. The structural stringers cut the side glazing in half making it visually more slender, an effect Grande compares with the muscles of a cat ready to pounce, which is accentuated by the long chisel-mark the length of the variable-section tubes. 

The exterior also provides for a sunbathing and dining area forward with retractable sofas that can be covered with an awning. There is an additional lounging area on the open aft deck with steps down to a generous swim platform. The steps can be lifted to reveal a garage space for a small tender, which is launched and retrieved on the height-adjustable platform—a solution that also appears on some of the Sessa Marine models. The interior design allows for flexible layouts and finishing materials to suit client requirements, with up to three en suite cabins accommodating between four to six guests.

To be constructed from composite, two MTU 12V 2000 M94 engines producing 1,920hp will achieve a top speed of 45knots and can carry a total of 20 guests and a 1,000 litres of fresh water.

Grande graduated from the Modena School of Car Design, where he later lectured, but his portfolio includes private residences, bathroom appliances, luggage racks and even a road sweeper. His specialisation in yacht design began with Sessa Marine, for whom he has designed more than 70 boats. He is expected to collaborate as a designer in the joint venture between Sanlorenzo and Sundiro Holding in China, who last September signed an agreement for the production and sale in the Chinese market of boats between 10 to 20m.

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