Let’s face it, we know those gas outboards on our tenders are noisy and emit carbon emissions. This fact gnaws on your conscience as you enjoy the great outdoors. Now there’s a solution for sleeping better at night. Welcome to Perini Navi’s 83-foot “Eco Tender.”
We know what you’re thinking – how can an 83-foot tender be eco friendly? It’s a logical question. It turns out that being an 83-footer, it’s got eco in spades.
The Eco-tender has four-mode hybrid propulsion from Siemens. The diesel mode, with twin MAN engines and Hamilton water jets, pushes the Eco-tender faster than 30 knots. In this mode, you haver a good chance of taking line honors in dingy races. But watch out for the foiling RIBs.
Then there’s Hybrid Mode, which is diesel-electric and zero-emissions. In this mode, the Eco-tender is silent and motors at 8 knots for as long as an hour. Yes, almost a full hour of planet-saving propulsion. That’s probably enough to get in and out of Portofino from anchor with a little anchorage superyacht touring included.
We also know you are wondering how a tender can be 83 feet long. Of course, this is Perini Navi, so the mother ship is a full 170 feet long. And everyone knows your tender should be about half the size of your main yacht. If it were any longer, you can’t technically call it a tender.
According to Perini Navi, the owners prefer to anchor offshore and they enjoy exploring, but wanted something more substantial than a conventional RIB. More substantial indeed.