Constellation Custom Tenders, Made in USA

Constellation-Custom-Tenders-Perseus3-alongsideBased in Rhode Island, Constellation Custom Tenders has made quite a splash with two of its three models. They’re onboard the new Perini Navi Perseus³. Furthermore, those two are among the first three tenders made by the builder.

Constellation Custom Tenders’ craftspeople include ones who have built America’s Cup boats. Construction is in carbon fiber and composite. The company also teams with experienced designers to ensure that its models will fit the tender garages aboard power and sailing yachts alike, plus of course perform. So far it’s collaborating with Rodger Martin Design and Rob Doyle Design. LOAs range from 19’7” to 27’9” (6 to 8.5 meters, respectively). Each model is available in a few lengths, depending on your needs.

The two tenders aboard Perseus³ are the RM169R and the RM196U, both created with Rodger Martin. The RM169R, the boat with the bolster-like seat back aft of the helm in the photos here, is for the owners and guests. Constellation Custom Tenders created the RM196U for the crew’s use.


Interesting enough, the RM169R aboard Perseus³ is hull number one of its series. The owner’s captain says his boss couldn’t find anything that suited his tastes, until this. Constellation Custom Tenders and Rodger Martin gave the runabout a retro look and plentiful seating. Beam is 7’5” (2.3 meters), while draft is just 10 inches (0.3 meters). The 260-hp Yanmar promises about a 38-knot top end and 33-knot cruise, each under full load.

The RM169U, meanwhile, has some classic looks, too, but is more utilitarian (hence “U,” for “utility,” in the model name). The crew can use it for picking up stores and other necessities. Constellation Custom Tenders employed the same hull for it as the above-mentioned tender, plus the same engine.

All Constellation Custom Tenders models come standard with things like LED courtesy lights and flush-mounted LED navigation lights, and a self-bailing cockpit. Wiring is in accordance with ABYC standards. A variety of options are available, too. They include underwater lights, teak or faux-wood decks, dive-tank holders, electric or turbine propulsion, T tops or biminis, sunpads, and custom paint jobs.

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