Last month we featured an 8.5-metre boat, the GT Tender by design studio Dobroserdov Design, which is the most akin to a sports car that we have seen in the market to date. This week sees another automotive-inspired boat by Spanish design studio Alex Pirard Yacht Design, a 12-metre carbon fibre boat called Oronero.

Built by Italian manufacturer Hi-Tech Marine for the owner of Carbon Dream SpA — one of the largest producers of carbon fibre components in Europe — Oronero was the official tender at the 2011 Perini Cup. Designed specifically as a limousine tender for superyachts, it boasts a number of features including its party piece, a convertible, automatic folding hardtop. “The hardtop system used on this model embraces technology from the automotive industry and takes around three minutes to go from the fully deployed position to being folded away,” explains Pirard.

At the flick of a switch, the aft section of the tender can be fully exposed to the elements, as the two part hardtop structure folds completely out of view into a hidden compartment at the stern. Oronero has also been fitted with two folding platforms on either side of the boat for easy boarding. “Each platform has been integrated into the hull, allowing guests to enter or leave the boat without the need of stairs and minimising the risk of injury,” reveals Pirard.

Capable of transporting eight guests comfortably, the tender includes a single en suite cabin, which is handy addition when wanting to freshen up before an evening out after a day spent ashore. Other features of the limousine tender include a TV, air conditioning and a dinette on the main deck. Another dinette, which converts into the bed when required, and a kitchen are located in the interior. This area is finished in clear oak wood and beige leather combined with the carbon fibre finish of the hull.

Oronero has also been fitted with solar panels that are integrated into the hardtop, and two 280hp Diesel Hybrid engines, both of which add to the boats green credentials. Achieving a maximum speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots, the hybrid engine system provides plenty of performance, while at the same time offering a silent seven knots when using the electric motors.

With a price tag of approximately one million euros, it is definitely at the higher end of the market in terms of cost but with an all carbon fibre structure and various environmentally friendly additions, you get a lot of technology and convenience.

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