Tender options for all sizes of megayachts are plentiful these days. Not as plentiful, though, are beachable tenders, outside of standard RIBs. X-Craft is changing that, however, with its first Beachlander RIB model. In fact, the owner of a megayacht commissioned hull number one. The 24’6” (7.5-meter) custom yacht tender can shuttle guests straight onto shore while simultaneously keeping them dry as they board or disembark. And, of course, because every X-Craft is an entirely custom project, it has features standard RIBs don’t offer.
Hull number one, recently delivered, stemmed from the owner wanting to take 12 people to and from the beach without them getting their feet wet. Designed by Van Geest Design, the Beachlander has sturdy boarding stairs, along with a handy starboard-side grabrail. Equally important, X-Craft created the bow steps to deploy via single-handed operations. Therefore, just one crewmember can fold them straight onto the sand. Related to this, X-Craft ensures sand can’t get into the gear and ruin the mechanism. Furthermore, while the steps deploy manually on hull number one, electrical deployment is optional, if you prefer.
Since the Beachtender is a proper tender, it can fit in a tender garage, feature a removable bimini, and more. X-Craft tailors each boat to customer requests. In fact, the just-delivered version has a refrigerator built into the boarding stairs, plus phone charging ports throughout. Stowage areas are also spread out, beneath cushions and beneath the helm console. Fenders and lines stow, too, in the leaning bolster. This way, guests don’t have to move when the tender docks.
Guests and crew also don’t need a separate tender for pursuing watersports. X-Craft created the Beachtender to handle waterskiing and wakeboarding. The 260-hp inboard diesel reportedly permits a 43-knot top speed. Note, too, that you can set acceleration and/or cruise speeds for different guests’ skills.