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Fill your garage with the finest and fastest new superyacht tenders and dayboats to hit the water. Sam Fortescue selects the best boats designed to supplement your superyacht...

Compass Tenders  

12-13m landing craft.

Compass has embraced the beamy potential of the cat with its latest tender. Hull No 1 was delivered in 2020, featuring a draught of just 57 centimetres and a bow ramp to make beach landings a breeze. With removable seating taken out, the 12-square-metre loading bay packs on water toys and dive kit, complete with removable racks for cylinders. With the seating in, this space can carry eight guests, bringing the total seated passengers to 12. Whatever the configuration, there’s a shaded dining area plus a shower, head and galley. The model is customisable, with Yanmar, Volvo or Cummins engine packages, and Hamilton or Rolls-Royce water jets for a top speed of 40 knots.

Dario Messina penned the sharp lines and tight styling of the 7.35-metre NY24. It comes in three variants: GT, Deluxe and Limo, with the latter the best contender for superyacht tender use. With a 300hp Volvo D4 putting power into the water via an Aquamatic drive with duoprop, its top speed of 32 knots is guaranteed to ruffle its passengers’ hair. The Deluxe version features stylish pilot chairs by ideaeITALIA, and there’s even room for a convertible sofa berth and heads below. Audiovisual, fridges and almost any other add-on you desire can be fitted, and there’s also a nod to sustainability in the form of Oltremateria, a recyclable finishing material.

Yachtwerft Meyer  

Solaris tender.

Bremen-based Yachtwerft Meyer is well known for its reliable semi-custom support boats, but it was the catamaran tender to 139.7-metre Solaris which caught the eye when it launched in 2021. Engineers employed the same rounded Marc Newson styling as on  the mothership, with a frameless curved windscreen, lots of hidden storage, a drop-down beach landing platform and a hydraulic hardtop fixed in just two places. Its twin Hamilton jets are powered by two 480hp Volvo Penta D6s.


Launch 25gt.

Also available as an 8.5-metre model,  the 7.6-metre 25GT can be specced with sterndrives and a sleek fold-down hardtop for stowing in a large tender garage – its height can be reduced to a little over 1.5 metres at the touch of a button. Options abound,  from a heads compartment to trim tabs for wakeboarding. There’s also a forward cockpit, bathing ladder, deck shower and a fine blend of tech and design throughout.

Falcon Tenders  

Miss wonderly.

Southampton-based startup Falcon is carving out a niche for itself in fully custom superyacht tenders, and this 10.6-metre limo is its impressive calling card. Miss Wonderly showcases hybrid drive technology – a cutting-edge engineering feat for boats of this size. This allows the tender to operate in silent electric mode up to about nine knots before the twin 270hp inboards kick in. Elegant furniture below gives Miss Wonderly ’s luxurious cabin a lounge feel, and she is capable of ferrying 14 guests from superyacht to shore.

Beiderbeck Designs  

3-in-1 luxury tender.

Smart design thinking from beiderbeck has made it possible to combine a limo, SOLAS and rescue boat into one vessel, winning the Germany-based company a BOAT International Design and Innovation award in the process. Two 11-metre limo tenders are currently in build at Knierim Yachtbau, and a larger 13-metre version for 50 passengers is on the drawing board too. There’s a wetroom and a bar on board, plus comfortable seating throughout. Twin Volvo D4-300 engines give it a top speed of 30 knots.

Onda Tender

Onda Tender’s 371GT flagship model debuted at 2021’s Monaco Yacht Show , following requests for a larger version of the yard’s 331GT model . A generous beam of 3.28 metres coupled with high bulwarks means the vessel can serve as either a day cruiser or a chase tender. The 11 metre Gran Turismo is powered by Yanmar and Mercury Volvo engines for a top speed of 58 knots.

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Launching & Retrieving The Tender / RIB



One of the most used piece of equipment onboard is your tender. This is the little boat used to run errands and deliver people back and fourth to the yacht. These tenders are usually stored on board using a davit or crane system. Sometimes the tenders will be towed but in most cases the captain will want the tender secured to the deck.

As a deckhand you would have to launch and retrieve a tender up to several times per day. The launch and retrieval process can be quite dangerous if not performed right, or if done in heavy seas.

We go through the safety checklist you should follow before launching a tender in the video shown below.

Some safety tips are;

  • Never launch and tender unless you have pumped it full of air.
  • Never launch a tender with-out two tag lines attached to the bow and stern, this allows you to control it as you lower it or raise it.
  • Always put the bung in the tender before launching so it doesn’t start taking on water.
  • Always inspect the crane & davit system for leaks and or frays so you don’t get into trouble.
  • Always inspect all lifting harness attachments and anchor points on the tender.
  • Always stay well away from the tender as you lift, and do not get yourself into a position where you might get trapped or stuck.
  • Always keep the tender low and not over your head if possible.
  • Always test the engine and mechanicals before releasing the lifting hook and casting off the boat.
  • It is suggested to wear gloves when handling tag lines to prevent sudden rope burns.

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The “Tend’r Rollers ® ” system provides the most innovative tender launching system in the marine industry today. With our system, there is no need to mount, dismount or store your outboard motor or gas tank.

Using the manual 316 stainless steel hand winch or power winch, the system gently lowers your tender and outboard from your swim platform into the water, and away you go.

Reverse this procedure and the tender and outboard are rolled onto your swim platform.

Our “Tend’r Rollers ® “, system was designed by a boater, for boaters, with one thought in mind: to make it easy and effortless for launching and retrieving your tender and or personal watercraft.

The “Tend’r Rollers ® ” system is designed to handle weight in three categories:

  • Standard Light – up to 475lbs. wet
  • Standard Heavy – up to 750lbs. wet
  • Super Heavy – up to 1200lbs. wet


The system was designed to be adaptable for most types of vessels and can be removable only on our standard system. Engineered to be reversible, with the extra set of pads provided, you can launch or retrieve your tender from either port or starboard side of your swim platform. Be advised excessive weight of tenders and motors will affect the performance of your vessel, and can be a matter of safety.

Optional quick release pads are available, with our system your stern view is unobstructed.

Our system is in two parts, so that when your tender is launched, the center part of your swim platform is unobstructed.

The water tight, threaded mounting pads are supplied with our system for fibreglass or wood swim platforms.



Installation of our Tend’r Rollers ® system is a relatively simple process, easily undertaken by a qualified person. Simple step by step installation instructions with a full size drill pattern are enclosed with the system. Caution: While the Tend’r Rollers ® system is inherently safe, if used correctly and according to instructions, Anchor Welding Inc. and Sea Weed ® Marine Products, manufacturers of the Tend’r Rollers ® system will not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage however caused, including but not limited to, incorrect installation, overloading or improper use of the system or the boat or platform on which it is installed.


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When building a yacht, there is always a tension between the space available and the luxury desired. A luxury yacht exudes luxuriousness and comfort, but to achieve this, the available space needs to be used in creative and innovative ways. For a yacht builder in the south of the Netherlands, we designed and developed a tender launch system that makes optimum use of the space in the lazarette and that can launch and haul in the tender in a safe and user-friendly way. The structure is light and compact, and can haul in the tender with precise movements. The sophisticated electronics, the touchscreen with its user-friendly interface, and the remote control all ensure a smooth and simple operation of the system. In addition, the basic concept is such, that the yacht builder can add a wide range of options (such as for instance a swimming platform) and thus create more advanced and luxurious yachts for his clients.

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Today’s yacht tenders are bigger, faster, and loaded with extra features. If you find yourself using your tender less than you had originally planned because the hassle often involved in launching, you should consider the new, innovative systems that make launch and retrieval so much simpler. Most yachts have one or more locations for stowing a tender: on the swim platform, hanging from the transom, on the aft trunk cabin, on the aft deck roof, in a stern garage and on the foredeck. There are pros and cons to each. Keeping your tender on an aft deck roof keeps it out of the way. It doesn’t usually interfere with your vision, and it doesn’t present an obstacle on your transom or swim platform. The downside to this location is that it can be difficult to launch your tender in a rough anchorage. The height exaggerates the boat’s motion, and a 300- to 500-pound tender can be a lethal weapon when tethered to the end of a swinging, gyrating boom. Some yachts can store a tender on their aft cabin. This is an ideal setup, because it doesn’t create the height problems of a roof installation. While a simple, manual boom and tackle system can be used for lowering and raising a lightweight tender, heavy RIBs, and 4-stroke outboards require mechanized davits.

Large cruisers and sportfish convertibles have a spacious foredeck that is ideal for a tender and davit because the flying bridge helm provides unobstructed sightlines. The exposure to wind and the possibility of boarding seas, of course, require extra precaution in securing and protecting the tender. Small to midsize yachts, however, are limited to transom or swim platform installations. A traditional approach is to install davits on the transom, which incorporate pulleys or electric winches. This is a safe place to stow a tender, but you’ll have a large object hanging off your stern, just begging to get hung up on a piling. An alternative choice is to stow your dinghy on your swim platform, and there have been several new, creative approaches to how this can be done some very simple and some very sophisticated. The simplest davit system starts with a traditional load-bearing pipe installed through the deck and attached to a structural part of the boat. The davit slips into the pipe, which has a bearing allowing for rotation. Attached to the davit is a manual or electric winch with a cable and hook. The system is relatively inexpensive, and it’s adequate for a light dinghy.

Most modern tenders, however, weigh 300 pounds or more. Launching and retrieving them requires a lot of mechanical advantage. A motorized crane, or davit, will be able to lift and swing the tender clear of the boat’s hull. Notable advancements have been made in their design, making them much easier and safer to operate. New, low profile designs have also made them less obtrusive looking. Manufacturers such as MarQuipt, Steelhead, and Nautical Structures, have a wide range of units to choose from. A good rule is to pick a unit with twice the capacity you currently need. This gives you an added safety factor and allows for a future upgrade of your tender and motor. Determine the required height and reach to get your dinghy up and over lifelines, rails, or deck boxes, and to get well beyond the sides of your vessel. Also, consider its location relative to your tender. If you install the davit on the port side of your vessel, that may prevent you from launching your dinghy on the starboard side – a possible inconvenience when in a marina. If possible, consider a centerline location. Today, the better, smoother-operating cranes are electric/hydraulic driven. Some are telescopic, allowing you to shorten the boom when not in use to save deck space. Luffing action, or the raising or lowering of the boom angle, is hydraulically controlled on the more luxurious units and manually adjusted with lock pins on the less expensive units. To have more control over your dinghy, you’ll want a handheld controller, which allows you to move about the boat while you’re operating the system.

Traditional transom davits, popular on sailboats, also work very well on many powerboats. Most systems are permanently mounted, but others, such as those made by St. Croix, can be removed when not needed. It’s important to have your tender selected before installing the davits, as the lifting lines should be located directly over the tender’s lift rings, which often means the davits will be off-center. The davit bases must be secured to load-bearing surfaces with beefy backing plates. Transom davits are either stainless steel or painted aluminum and are fitted with a line and pulley system. Among the popular brands are St. Croix, Kato, and Atkins & Hoyle. Besides fixed-position systems, companies like Olsson and Ocean Marine Systems offer fork systems with hinged bases that mount on the forward side of the swim platform where it meets the transom. A manual or electric winch lowers the entire unit for attaching to the dinghy’s lift rings. The fork is then raised to a secure, locked position against the transom. If you plan to stow your tender and motor on your swim platform, you’ll have several options, some of which are quite innovative. One tried-and-true method is the Weaver Snap Davit System, which works well for relatively light dinghies with small outboards that can be removed and stowed separately. A clever system from Dinghy Dumper is designed for tender packages weighing up to 400 pounds. Utilizing Weaver brackets, a stainless steel winch tower, and a pivoting outboard motor bracket, you simply crank away¡Xraising the tender on its side while the motor pivots, staying in an upright position. A similar but more robust system is available from Sea Wise. The system features heavy-duty brackets that attach to the tender’s rigid hull and clip onto swim platform brackets. A stainless steel winch tower and pivoting outboard motor bracket complete the basic system¡Xall well-thought-out and ruggedly built. For tenders weighing less than 450 pounds, Sea Wise offers a hand-cranked winch with a 25:1 ratio. If you use your boat for fishing, a removable winch tower and brackets are available as options. For tenders weighing up to 850 pounds, the company offers a hydraulic winch system that makes launching as easy as pressing a button. An advantage of the Sea Wise system is that the tender’s rigid hull, not its pontoons, supports the weight of the launch and motor. So, if your inflatable tender becomes partially deflated, it will still work. Many modern yachts have extra wide swim platforms, which allow a tender to be stowed in its natural, horizontal position. You can choose manual systems like the ones offered by Ocean Marine Systems and St. Croix, or you can enjoy the luxury of a hydraulically operated, mechanized lift by companies like Sea Lift, Freedom Lift, and TNT. Ocean Marine offers two manual systems, one a tilt cradle and the other, a roll-on system. The tilt cradle is fine for smaller, lightweight dinghies up to 250 pounds, whereas the roll-on handles tenders up to 750 pounds. Essentially stainless steel cradles that you lift or roll your dinghy onto, they offer low cost solutions. St. Croix offers similar systems. One of the most attractive and easiest systems to use is by Sea Lift. This hydraulic lift is installed under your existing swim platform and can lift 800 pounds. To retrieve your tender from the water, just center it over the cradle’s submerged chocks, and the unit lifts it over the platform and then rolls it forward where it locks in place. A safety feature allows the unit to be manually lifted in case of hydraulic or electrical failure. Its low profile makes it look like the boat’s original design, not an ugly afterthought. TNT manufactures the hydraulic Dinghy Lift, which replaces your boat’s original swim platform with a specially made one. The entire platform, with your tender sitting in a cradle, submerges at the touch of a button. It just doesn’t get much easier than this, but be prepared to spend some serious money. The custom fabrication of the platform and heavy-duty, anti-corrosive hydraulic mechanism is a major investment. If you find yourself hesitating before launching your tender because it’s too much trouble, take a close look at these systems. You’ll reduce the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your yacht’s topsides, and you’ll enjoy using your tender to explore the extended reaches of your anchorage.

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Williams Jet Tenders - A World of Luxury Yacht Tenders

The original craftsmen.

Greatness, it takes time. A passion for craft, a commitment to do things the right way, the aim of perfection countered by the constant need to improve - there are no shortcuts to these things. After all, we’ve been leading the way since 1996, and we’re just getting started.

From bulbs to boats.

Two brothers begin their working life selling fresh produce. But it’s the go-kart they made to sell it from that really inspires them, beginning a lifetime of craftsmanship. Over 40 years later, they’re still working together - but selling boats instead of bulbs.


Like all the best stories, it starts in a shed.

The spirit of that go-kart lives on as John and Mathew begin building boats in their converted shed. When they can, they source materials from the UK. When they can’t, they build them from scratch. A sign of things to come.

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A maiden launch.

The Tahoe 20, ‘Jade’, emerges from the Williams Oxfordshire workshop. Powered by a single V8 inboard engine, she’s based on the classic Italian and American runabouts of the 1950s and 60s.

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Jade takes the stand.

The first Williams tender, the first Williams boat show. The immaculate Jade features at Henley-on-Thames with a display stand and boat trailer built by the boys. (Would you expect anything less?)

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Jade is given glowing reviews in ‘Classic Boat Magazine’ and ‘Motor Boat & Yachting’.

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Jade posing for a Majorca photoshoot.

Jade gets a sister - Izana.

Jade isn’t an only child for long. Work begins on her sister, ‘Izana’, a 33-footer powered by twin V8s running through Z drives. She echoes the classic Italian lake boats of the 1960s but has a new engineering configuration and modern hull shape, created by award-winning naval designer Tony Castro.

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To sunnier shores.

After appearing at the London Boat Show, Izana is delivered to her new owner in Antibes, France. She sails the glittering Côte d’Azur for a decade before sailing onto Montenegro.

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Izana being put through her paces by ‘Motor Boat & Yachting’ magazine.

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The dawn of a jet-powered era.

To spread the joy of tenders to a wider audience, we created the Ski Rib. Fast, nimble, and built to fit the most popular powerboat of the era, the Fairline Targa 43, the Ski Rib is a hit. Over 100 of them are were built in two years.

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Transforming the industry.

Fuelled by the Ski Rib’s success, ‘Williams Marine’ becomes ‘Williams Performance Tenders’. We build the first of a new, groundbreaking generation of jet tenders. It starts with the TurboJet 325, which, with its innovative design and powerful 4-stroke Weber engine, changes everything.

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Production goes turbo.

When the TurboJet hits the European boat shows, demand rockets. We expand the TurboJet range , adding the 285, 385 and 445 to the crew. This allows us to offer a tender for most yachts between 45ft and 100ft. Production soars to 900 tenders a year.

The dawn of diesel.

We launch our first diesel tender, the TurboJet 505D. This sees us expand into superyacht territory and start a unique, long-standing relationship with one of the finest engine makers in the world - Yanmar.

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A growing family.

The success of the 505D allows us to expand our diesel offering. Now called the DieselJet range , the 445D, 505D, 565D and 625D combine people-carrying practicality with rip-roaring performance.

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Ready to launch.

Understanding that a tender needs to work seamlessly with its yacht, we create the Tender Launch System. Now, owners can easily move their tender from their yacht’s garage to the water and back again.

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Inspiring next-gen boat builders.

We launch the Powerboat Workshop, an annual course for 14/15-year-olds where they build a radio-controlled powerboat using the same techniques employed on Williams tenders. Every year, we pick one pupil to join our apprenticeship programme. Alan Sugar, eat your heart out.

A sporty little number.

Collaborating with renowned engine manufacturer BRP, we launch our exhilarating SportJet 460 tender , the start of a completely new range of yacht tenders

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A mini revolution.

Proving that great things really do come in small packages, we launch the MiniJet 280 , powered by the BRP ACE 900 engine. Owners of yachts between 38ft and 45ft can now experience the joy of owning a Williams tender.

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The SportJet range evolves.

We expand the SportJet offering to include the 345 and 395. They open up the feature-filled SportJet experience to a whole new raft of yacht owners, with the most recent additions able to fit on yachts from 50ft upwards.

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An icon remastered.

Launched back in 2005, the TurboJet changed tender travel forever. Now in 2018, we make it even better. Powered by the industry leading 90hp BRP Rotax ACE 903 engine, the TurboJet reaches blistering speeds. And with its new upholstery and slash-cut tube profiles, it looks the part while doing it.

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We evolve the tender. Again.

As yachts increase in size, so too must the tenders onboard them. So we launched the EvoJet . Designed for superyachts over 40m and able to comfortably fit 13 passengers - and their belongings - the EvoJet is a new high-water mark in luxury tender travel.

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A greener future.

We open our in-house resin-infusion moulding facility so that we can produce lighter and more environmentally friendly mouldings.

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10,000 tenders.

Another milestone reached. We launch our 10,000th tender - a testament to our dedication, our expertise, and to the sheer joy our boats bring to the open water. So that's 10,000 tenders down - now, onto the next 10,000.

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Besenzoni tender hauling and launching systems are studied for the handling of  RHIBs and tenders, up to 2 tons of weight. The whole collection of Besenzoni hauling and launching systems has been developed to respond the need of facilitating, simplifying and rationalizing the technical operations of recovering and launching, ensuring safety and security. Every product is the result of an accurate design, attentive to aesthetic and functional details: from the slides and the shifting rollers with hydraulic movement incorporated in the yacht garage to the new compact hauling systems advisable for low headroom garages. Selected raw materials such stainless steel for the structures and a complete quality control (of raw materials, productive processes and final product) represent Besenzoni’s quality standards of safety and reliability.


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C‑Quip’s telescoping tender booms, also known as ‘tender poles’, are the perfect solution for managing multiple tenders. They hydraulically extend several metres from the hull, helping to avoid collisions between your yacht and expensive tenders. Carbon fibre construction gives exceptional strength to weight ratio, so they can easily secure large tenders, and when retracted they are flush with the hull topside.

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C‑Quip tender booms are designed for maximum efficiency, without affecting the sleek lines of your yacht. They telescopically deploy two mooring points for tenders, and then flush mount with the hull when retracted.

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In just 60 seconds, the double-cylinder tender boom can be push-button deployed or retracted. The tender booms are customised to your exact requirements to suit your internal yacht space and tenders.

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The design and construction of the C‑Quip tender boom combines strength with reliability. Lightweight non-corroding carbon fibre, watertight certification and an integrated wash-down system will ensure years of maintenance-free use.

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How to Choose the Right Yacht Tender Lift System

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  • September 21, 2023 August 26, 2023

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When picking a yacht tender lift system, there are several points to take into account:

  • Size matters – smaller tenders might only need a basic davit system while bigger ones might need more advanced systems like electric or hydraulic.
  • Check the weight capacity – it should handle your tender comfortably & securely.
  • Usability & convenience should not be overlooked – a good lift system should be simple to operate.
  • Durability is important too – invest in a high-quality, robust system.

John F. Kennedy’s Manitou incident serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to choose the right lift system. He was hosting Harold Macmillan aboard his beloved sailing vessel when they found out their existing davits couldn’t launch their motorized dinghy due to its heavy weight.

Understanding the importance of a yacht tender lift system

A yacht tender lift system is important for hoisting and lowering a tender safely. Knowing the importance of this system is key for stress-free tender transport.

When choosing a lift system, several factors must be considered.

  • Check the weight capacity of the lift system matches the tender’s. The dimensions and design must also fit together.

Also, see if the lift system is user-friendly and reliable. A simple design with clear controls makes tasks easier. A strong and reliable build provides great performance.

Checking the available space on board is essential. Get a system that takes up minimal space and still works well.

Consult experts or experienced boat owners to get the best lift system for you. Their knowledge can help you decide between different brands and models.

Pro Tip: Regular maintenance and checks of the lift system will keep it running smoothly.

Factors to consider when choosing a yacht tender lift system

When it comes to selecting a yacht tender lift system, there are several vital aspects to remember. These features can change the performance and safety of your yacht, so be mindful with your choice. Here are some points to ponder:

  • Weight Capacity: A major factor to mull over when picking a yacht tender lift system is the weight capacity. Ensure the lift system you select is able to safely carry the weight of your tender.
  • Installation: Another aspect to contemplate is the ease of installation. You want a lift system that is simple to set up and does not demand extensive changes to your yacht.
  • Maintenance: It is also important to think about the maintenance requirements of the lift system. Opt for one that is durable and needs little maintenance.
  • Features: Contemplate what features you need in a lift system. Some systems may have extra features such as remote control operation or adjustable lifting heights.
  • Budget: Lastly, consider your budget when choosing a yacht tender lift system. There are various options available at different prices, so look for one that fits in your budget.

Apart from these factors, think about any special needs or preferences you may have for your specific yacht. This could include aspects such as space constraints or design aesthetics.

Choosing the right yacht tender lift system is an important decision. By bearing these factors in mind and doing thorough research, you can guarantee that you select a lift system that meets your requirements and improves your boating experience.

To make a wise choice about which yacht tender lift system is suitable for you, take some time to examine your particular needs and demands. Don’t miss out on all the benefits the right lift system can bring to your yachting adventures!

Different types of yacht tender lift systems

Choosing the right yacht tender lift system can be complicated, as there are a lot of options. Different types of yacht tender lift systems offer different features and benefits. Let’s take a look at a table of some of the options:

Each type has its own advantages. However, it’s essential to consider weight capacity, installation requirements, maintenance needs, and budget. For the best outcome, it’s advised to consult professionals or trusted sources in the marine industry. They can provide valuable insights and guidance.

Pros and cons of each type of yacht tender lift system

Picking the right yacht tender lift system can be a big deal for yacht owners. Each type of lift system has its own advantages and drawbacks which should be thought about carefully before making a decision.

To help you make the right choice, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each type of lift system in the table down below:

It’s worth mentioning some unique points about these lift systems too. For instance, electric davits usually run on rechargeable batteries, meaning no effort needed to work them. On the other hand, hydraulic davits give great lifting power and control but are more pricey.

When exploring yacht tender lift systems, it’s important to look at expert advice and industry knowledge. Boat International says selecting the correct lift system involves considering factors such as vessel size, weight limits, budget, and personal preferences.

Making an educated decision will make sure that your yacht has a reliable and effective tender lift system that meets your individual needs. So take your time, look at the options, ask professionals if needed, and pick wisely.

Evaluating your specific needs and requirements

Weight Capacity: Check the max weight your lift system should handle. This depends on the tender’s size and weight. Make sure that the lift system can support it without any damage or accidents.

Space Availability: Estimate the space on your yacht for the lift system. Consider deck layout, storage and other equipment or fixtures that may block the installation. Choose a lift system that fits your yacht’s design and doesn’t bother other functions.

Ease of Operation: Consider how easy the lift system is to use and how it is controlled. Look for features like remote control, smooth lifting and lowering, and simple interfaces. A well-designed system will make handling your tender effortless and without technical expertise.

Unique Details: Think about any details unique to your yacht’s design or operations when examining the lift system.

Pro Tip: Consult an expert in yacht tender lift systems for tailored advice. Their experience can help you select one that integrates and performs well.

Cost considerations

Check out the table below to understand cost considerations better when choosing a yacht tender lift system.

Lower-priced options may seem attractive, but they can be expensive in the long run due to extra maintenance or shorter lifespan.

Other details should also be taken into account. For example, some systems need specialized installation services, which add to the cost.

Evaluate all costs and weigh them against your budget and requirements. This will help you avoid regretting your decision later.

Take your time to research and analyze all available options before making a decision. Investing in a high-quality and durable product can save you money and time in the long run.

Tips for installation and maintenance

Measure your yacht and tender dimensions accurately. This will avoid any harm or accidents during setup.

Choose a lift system with robust building and dependable components . Pick materials like stainless steel for strength and rust-resistance.

Exactly follow the maker’s instructions for assembly. Erroneous installation can cause malfunctions and even massive failure of the lift system.

Regularly scrutinize and keep up the lift system. Spot any signs of deterioration or damage quickly and address any repairs or replacements to stop potential mishaps or breakdowns.

Lubricate moving parts regularly to guarantee a smooth operation and forestall unnecessary strain on the lift system.

Think about consulting a professional yacht technician or expert for professional advice on maintenance procedures for your chosen lift system.

Taking time and effort into proper installation and upkeep will not only lengthen the life of your yacht tender lift system but also ensure safer voyages. Keeping records of all installations and maintenance done is beneficial documentation for insurance in case of unforeseen incidents .

A real-life example highlights the importance of following the tips. In 2018, a yacht owner didn’t do regular maintenance on their tender lift system. Consequently, during a voyage, one of the lifting cables snapped due to excessive wear. The tender dropped into the water, damaging not only itself but also the hull of the yacht. Had regular inspections been done and maintenance carried out beforehand, this incident could have been avoided.

These examples show how crucial it is for yacht owners to prioritize proper installation and maintenance when selecting a lift system for their tender. By paying attention to the tips provided and looking after your equipment, you can assure smooth operations and have peace of mind during your trips.

We’ve discussed how to pick the right yacht tender lift system. This decision is serious. You must weigh the weight capacity, installation ease, and durability. Safety and functionality are top priority!

Moreover, think about special needs or wishes you have. If guests often come aboard or you need fast access to water , a hydraulic lift might be best. If space is tight and you need something small, an electric davit might work better.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 1: What factors should I consider when choosing a yacht tender lift system?

Answer: When choosing a yacht tender lift system, you should consider factors such as the weight and size of your tender, the available space on your yacht, the ease of operation, the durability and maintenance requirements of the lift system, and any specific features or customization options you may need.

FAQ 2: What types of yacht tender lift systems are available?

Answer: There are several types of yacht tender lift systems available, including hydraulic lifts, electric lifts, and manual lifts. Hydraulic lifts offer high lifting capacities, electric lifts provide ease of use with push-button operation, and manual lifts are more affordable but require physical effort to operate.

FAQ 3: How do I determine the lifting capacity I need for my yacht tender?

Answer: To determine the lifting capacity you need for your yacht tender, you should consider the combined weight of your tender, engine, and any additional equipment. It is recommended to choose a lift system with a capacity slightly higher than your calculated weight to account for any potential future additions.

FAQ 4: Can I install a yacht tender lift system myself?

Answer: The installation of a yacht tender lift system can be complex, and it is typically recommended to seek professional installation to ensure proper functioning and safety. However, some lift systems may come with detailed installation instructions for experienced DIY enthusiasts.

FAQ 5: Are there any maintenance requirements for a yacht tender lift system?

Answer: Yacht tender lift systems usually require regular maintenance to ensure smooth and reliable operation. This may include inspection and lubrication of moving parts, checking hydraulic or electrical systems, and addressing any signs of wear or damage. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific maintenance requirements.

FAQ 6: Can a yacht tender lift system be customized for my specific needs?

Answer: Yes, many yacht tender lift systems offer customization options to cater to specific needs. This may include adjustable cradle widths, various control options, remote control capabilities, and integration with existing yacht systems. It is best to consult with manufacturers or dealers to discuss customization possibilities.

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Crew fatality highlights risk of PWC launching - The Crew Report

Captains seek improved PWC & tender-launching practices - The Crew Report

Cayman Islands report of fatality during launching a PWC

After the tragic death of a deckhand during the launching of a Personal Watercraft from a large yacht the methods of launching craft have been under scrutiny. Please see the downloads above to read the case studies.

The usual method of launching PWC from the upper decks of a yacht are with the use of lifting slings and in some cases crew members board the PWCs during the lift to aid with the removal of the slings once launched. The potential issue with these slings is that they have the capability of sliding off the PWC if not 'perfectly' placed, stoppers can be used either side of the sling under the rubbing strake to reduce the possibility of this occuring.

Since this incident, risk assessments onboard vessels have been reviewed by Captains and Managing agents and many yachts have adapted their practices.

One measure that has been implemented by some yachts is changing over from the previously used lifting slings as seen in the image above.

Yes, yes we hopefully all know that no Jetski slings are built for 'man-riding' and in this example shows yet another reason they should not be used in this way both due to the lack of balance but also this would have overloaded SWL. 

What this video does do is give an example of how these 'cradle' style slings have the potential to slip.. (regardless of man riding)

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A practice that is becoming more common is a fixed system where metal plates are inserted on the inner skin at the bow of the PWC with pad eyes or lifting eyes on the outer hull. The combination of these and the D-rings on the rear or further pad eyes on the stern offer a four-point lift using an item such as Spectra© lines for lifting. The concept behind this system is valid however it is untested. Currently none of the 3 main manufacturers (Yamaha, Seadoo, Kawasaki) endorse this lifting system as the superstructure of the bow is not designed to take the weight of the PWC, it is simply fibreglass/FRP/GRP.

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Whilst looking at some ex-yacht PWC (jetski) that utilised this system, stress fractures and cracking were observed which goes further to highlighting the risks (see adjacent example photo).

This issue is exacerbated by the fact that the PWC lifting systems are not checked during inspection/survey, unlike the davits/hiabs and lifting strops for the tenders etc. Some provisional communication with inspectors/surveyors has indicated that this may be because PWCs are classified as water toys rather than vessels but this doesn't change the fact that your SMS should include all items that are lifted, for the safety of the crew and guests.

The Solution = Certified Lifting Slings?

When looking around the market place for tried and tested lifting systems they are, admittedly, sparse. The two obvious options are to stick with the Seadoo lifting slings which are manufacturer approved (by Seadoo only) but the risk of 'slip' still exists and is highlighted by the crew fatality.

The second is a system introduced in 2015 that is a certificated 4 point lifting system that has a full conformity certificate with permanent fixings which can either be fitted by a dealer or your engineer/bosun onboard. Please click here for further details and purchase options.  (Price per kit £759.77 ex.VAT)

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Disclaimer: The systems above have not been tried and tested by us, we therefore do not endorse or recommend any specific lifting systems. The resources above are simply examples of what some yachts are using in practice. Individual testing will need to be carried prior to use. 



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