If you have a superyacht, and want an equally super tender, then you need look no further than the Jupiter limo. The Jupiter limo tender was recently introduced by Compass Tenders. The 35 foot tender is a collaboration between Patrick Banfield from AllSeas Design and H2 Design. According to the builder, the Jupiter limo is a “sleek and speedy vessel with a striking and distinguishable look.”

She was specially designed to complement her primary boat, the new 400 foot superyacht that H2 designed for Lürssen Yachts. The Jupiter limo tender is a striking sight to behold with her whisper grey hull that stands in contrast with the jet black windows, and exterior lines that are accentuated by the changing colored RGB lighting that follows the curves of the rooftop and windows.

A tender that could easily outperform and outclass many a primary boat, the Jupiter limo, sports a state-of-the-art Raymarine control and navigational cockpit, with a light grey leather driving seat. There is also a teak decked foredeck in front of the cockpit used for storage. With performance a priority, the tender is powered by twin Volvo D4 300hp engines, providing her with impressive top speeds of 40 knots, and allowing guests to arrive swiftly, securely and in style.

Instrument Panel on the Jupiter Limo Tender

How to Find the Right Tender for Your Yacht

While the Jupiter limo may be the epitome of tenders on the market right now, she may not be the right one for your particular yacht. So, how does one go about choosing the right tender?

The most common mistake that yacht owners make when shopping for a tender is to get one that is the wrong size for their primary boat. You would be surprised at how many yacht owners simply do not measure the exact dimensions of where the tender will be housed on the yacht. Dimensions can be deceiving. You need to take into account the tilt on the tender’s outboard for example, and also keep in mind, that while a 13 foot tender may fit in 14 feet of space, it may restrict access to boarding or maneuvering about the boat. When looking for a tender, it may be a good idea to take your engineer, or captain along, or trust the advice of your yacht manager, to ensure you get the right size.

Other Considerations When Buying Your Tender

Once you understand how to choose the right sized tender, you need to think about your budget, the material the tender is made from, and the type of propulsion. These considerations will largely be based on what you intend to use your tender for. If you envision that it will be mostly sitting up on the davit, or swim platform, unused, these things are less of a concern. But, if you will be using your tender often, then things like power and comfort take on more significance.

As far as budget goes, remember, like in all things, you get what you pay for. So, if you do not intend to use your tender often, it’s OK to shop on price. But, if you will be relying on the smaller craft to get your friends and family around often, you do not want to cut corners.  Remember, if you are going to be using your tender to deploy to many shore excursions, you will be spending a lot of time on her once you get where you are going.

The next place where owners often make mistakes, or do not give enough thought, is in powering the tender. It is easy to place an engine that is too big or too small on a tender. In addition to how you intend to use the tender of course, the total length, the material, and the transom height, should all factor into the amount of horsepower your tender really needs.

Finally, the material. Most modern yacht tenders are “RIBs” or Rigid Inflatable Boats. A RIB is constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwales. Different materials are used to make up those tubes, and they have varying durability. Again, how you intend to use your tender will play a lot into your materials choice. Where your boat is docked also plays a major role in your material. The two main choices are PVC, or a more durable, and more expensive material known as hypalon.

If you are using your boat in the Northeast, in the Pacific Northwest, or, in and around the Great Lakes, you probably can get away with PVC. But, if your dockage and use is here in South Florida, or other more tropical climes, you want to avoid PVC. It does not do well in strong sun and tropical heat.

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