UK, London. During the build of Perini Navi’s 70m ketch Sybaris the owner was subject to a change of heart. The space beneath the foredeck was initially set aside to house two RIBs, but when the owner decided he wanted two tenders — a limousine tender and a sports tender — the UK-based Cockwells team were called upon to provide an innovative solution to the spatial crisis.

Cockwells overcame the problem by using the cockpit well of the limousine to store the roof when the boat is stored in the garage. The roof is made of a carbon fibre frame with acrylic windows weighing in at approximately 100kg. Lightweight materials in conjunction with interior and exterior handrails allow the roof to be stored by hand or by crane. When deployed, the roof will be fixed in place using clamps set on the inside of the boat, much like the docking of a phone and this will allow the roof to automatically connect to the tenders’ electrical systems revealing LED lighting in the ceiling.

An additional benefit of the removable roof is that the owner now has two sports tenders at his disposal. The two boats will have the same hull and will weigh no more than 2.2 tonnes with different deck layouts and fit outs. The sports tender contains a central helm console with surrounding seating for 10, two sunbeds and a shower. The convertible limousine has air-conditioning, heating, a cool box, storage and can carry eight guests and two crew. Both contain marine music systems and the latest CAN bus technology to control onboard systems.

“This project is a great example of why people come to us”, says Cockwells’ managing director Dave Cockwell. “We are great problem solvers; when you cannot get something off the shelf you need to find a company that has a proven track record with in-house design and use a wide variety of materials and skills to make sure your product will be 100 per cent tailor made for you. As a customer, you don’t want design decisions to be made based on the limitations of the manufacturer’s experience and skill base. That’s why we work with any material here and we combine traditional shipwright skills with the most advanced technology.”

The tenders are in build in the UK with an expected delivery in June 2015 in time for the launch of Sybaris.

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