Compass Tenders, the brand known globally for its custom tender projects, has announced that it will be introducing a new semi-custom limousine range to the superyacht market. The new ‘Latitude’ range hopes to benefit from over a decade’s experience in the custom sector and incorporate the most successful elements of Compass’ 35 bespoke tenders in operation around the world into a more time efficient, cost effective and reliable product.
“I just wanted to simplify the process of getting a high-end limousine tender by utilising a known hull platform and engineering package, while maintaining the ability to customise, beyond the limitations of production platforms,” explains Richard Faulkner, CEO of Compass Tenders. “The Latitude range, as the name suggests, provides the customer with significant scope for alteration.”
The Latitude range is split between four versions, The Compass North, South, East and West. The four iterations provide alternative coach roof stylings atop the platform hull and standard engineering package, which Faulkner believes is the best marine engineering package available to the market, resulting in a confident two-year warranty programme.
North is a traditional classic water taxi with a full-length coach rood. East boast a more curved profile and full length coach roof to maximise interior space. South has the same profile as East, but with an open plan saloon towards the aft deck. West has the curved profile and is shortened to provide forward facing exterior aft guest seats.
“In percentage terms, choosing the semi-custom model rather than a fully custom Compass tender will reduce the build time by around 20 per cent, allowing the owner to take delivery of the vessel in little over a year,” continues Faulkner. “However, it is also possible to commission the Latitude range without using one of the four set coach roof styles. If the owner wants to bring the designer of the mothership into the project, as is often the case, we are still happy to do that.”
Faulkner explains that limousine tenders have become increasingly relevant in recent years, to the extent that they are almost a prerequisite for vessels over 80m, which happens to be Compass’ target market. As vessels have continued to grow in size, increasing numbers of superyachts remain anchored beyond marina boundaries, necessitating a more robust, dry and stylish form of transport for taking the owner/s and guests to shore.
The introduction of a semi-custom range may also benefit Compass by bolstering its proposition beyond the new build market and making the UK-based company a force to be reckoned within the re-tendering and refit sectors where cost and build time hold greater primacy than in the new build sector where build times are counted in multiples of years, depending on when the owner engages the tender manufacturer.
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