Giancarlo Storti, chairman and technical director of an important Italian machinery manufacturer in the woodworking sector well known on the international scene for more than 50 years, has always had a special love for the sea. His genius and long experience led him to invent, design and market the new collapsible rigid-keel tender, Extender, and found the company of that name, Extender S.r.l., together with his wife in 2013. Although the company is ‘young’ it can, however, count on the skill of expert designers, qualified technical personnel and a multi-language sales staff. The aim of the company is to create unique products, totally made to measure and customisable in colours, finishing and even lengths to enable ship owners to equip their ships with a comfortable tender, suited to the dimensions and number of the guests, without occupying too much space on shipboard. At the same time, Extender also facilitates the work of the personnel on board as, in just a few minutes, they can perform the opening or closing procedures without difficulty. The company has its main office not far from Milan, on the banks of the Po River, a short distance from Lake Garda.