Iguana Yachts, the French tender manufacturer based in Normandy, has introduced a new model to its versatile line of amphibious tenders: the 9.2m ‘Iguana Commuter’.
Building on the technology of the existing range, the Iguana Commuter has some functional new touches to deliver an exciting – and impressively non-restrictive – experience for users.
Among the new features are: an adjustable hard top, which can transform from a watertight windshield into an airy sunshade in seconds; a small cabin with a day bed, storage and a day head; shock-mitigating seats; and an underwater camera for landing visibility.
Furthermore, the tender can be remotely controlled by an iPhone – this is primarily for steering in tight spaces, and also features a land cruise control option. Other practical modernisations include the anchor and ladder, both of which are electric and are controlled on a touchscreen user interface, which can control any feature on the boat.
The Iguana Commuter will be available in two different models: the Commuter Sport and the Commuter Limo. The main difference between the two is the seating layout – a U-shaped arrangement on the sport version – engineered so that guests can face forward while underway – whilst the limo has six forward-facing seats.
In terms of its performance, the new model, which has a carbon fibre hull, can reach a maximum speed of 45 knots and has a 100-nautical mile range at a speed of 30 knots. It also offers a land speed of approximately 5mph.
“The plan is that we will work with superyacht designers to offer capacity for completely bespoke projects,” explains Emma Bond, marketing manager at Iguana Yachts, in an exclusive conversation with SuperyachtNews.
“The hull has to stay the same shape because of how the amphibious tracks are integrated, however we can make the vessel size bigger or smaller if required.”
Bond believes that the vessel is ideal for leisure boat owners with waterfront properties who don’t have the proximity of a marina, pontoon or dock, but can drive the tender out of the water for its safekeeping.
Driving the appeal for superyacht owners, conversely, is the capacity to go ashore in remote locations, without having to worry about leaving the boat in shallow waters – this is how a few Middle Eastern superyacht owners, and Iguana clients, have used these vessels to date.
The first of the Commuter models is being designed for serial yacht owner, John Staluppi, and will be enclosed in the tender garage of his 69m in-build Benetti project, Spectre, which is due for delivery in October 2018.
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