Often it is a difficult choice: luxury motor yacht, or sailing yacht. Each type of vessel has its unique appeal, but even those who eventually decide on a motor yacht, for its greater cursing range, or other amenities, still miss the somehow magical connection to the sea you can only achieve with a sailing vessel.

Having a sailing dinghy as your motor yacht’s tender, is a great way to get the best of both worlds!

Reverso designed such a dinghy specifically for the luxury superyacht owner with the heart of a sailor in mind. The concept was  first unveiled at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show,  and the Reverso Project has been making waves with the superyacht community ever since. According to the manufacturer, “The Reverso concept is a revolutionary sailing dinghy that utilizes ultra-compact technology that has taken its design influence from sports cars, offshore racing yachts, and aviation.”

Reverso Project’s CEO, Antoine Simon, has a background in sailing and spent close to 15 years as an airline pilot. Now, as an entrepreneur, he is pouring all of his enthusiasm and experience into this new sailing tender concept. “With the Reverso Project, I had the vision of a compact, stylish and agile sailboat that can fit anywhere, and removes all the hassle that surrounds sailing and stops people from buying a boat,” he explained, speaking to SuperyachtNews.

While the ultra-compact sailing dinghy is ideal for anyone with an interest in sailing, Simon believes that a Reverso dinghy is particularly suited for the superyacht industry, mainly because of its compact design and ease of assembly. “No matter how big the yacht, there never seems to be enough space in the water toy garage,” says Simon.

According to SuperyachtNews, Reverso’s first superyacht client was the motor yacht Tatoosh, who allegedly put in an order for the dinghy before the mold for the first hull had even been built. Simon expects the concept to catch on, particularly with owners who want to increase charter income by improving charter experiences with the latest and greatest water toys.

How to Find the Right Tender for Your Yacht

While the Reverso sailing dinghy offers a new option in yacht tenders, 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.

Love Your Tender

Our On Demand yachting service will “love your tender,” and everything else there is about your luxury motoryacht. With On Demand you can be sure that engines and every other system aboard your tender or primary boat, are always in tip top shape, and ready for adventure, whenever you are!



[main image: Courtesy Reverso Project]


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