Hodgdon Yachts’ megayacht-tenders division put the first of a new series in the water last week. The 26-footer (8-meter) open boat is hull number one of the Hodgdon Tenders Crossover line.
The full Crossover line includes not just this Open, but also Beachlander and Limousine models. Regardless of the implied intended purpose, the tender range starts at the above-mentioned 26 feet and extends up to 36 feet (11 meters). Also, all share naval architecture and modern styling from Philippe Cabon and Cyril Le Sourd. Hodgdon’s own engineering department contributes to each boat, too.
Several characteristics distinguish the Crossover line. For example, this tender has a folding helm console. The T-top, constructed of carbon fiber, folds down as well. Both make stowing the boat in a garage with restricted space possible. In addition, the boat features a single Volvo Penta engine with a waterjet drive, along with a custom-designed, wrap-around fender. Finally, designed with beaching in mind, the Crossover bow opens, plus has a section that folds out. This way, the maximum party of 12 can step straight onto the sand.
The Hodgdon Tenders Crossover series complements the builder’s longstanding Venetian tenders line. (The division launched in 2011.) “It allows us the opportunity to offer more to the market,” says Audrey Hodgdon, the director of sales and marketing for Hodgdon Yachts and Hodgdon Tenders. As for the Venetian series, it “continues to be very successful with orders currently under construction,” she continues.
This first Hodgdon Tenders Crossover delivery will pair with an unnamed megayacht, which is in build at present at a European shipyard. The shipyard is unnamed as well. Regardless, the Hodgdon Service and Support team will head to that shipyard once the tender arrives there, for recommissioning as well as crew training. This is a customary practice for the tenders division staff.
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