For decades, megayacht owners have requested tenders to match their motherships. However, a tender measuring nearly 84 feet is quite a different story. So, too, is a tender custom built with hybrid propulsion, to be more environmentally minded. The Perini Navi Eco-Tender may be unusual in these respects. This 83’7″ (25.5-meter) project is further unusual for supplementing a sailing superyacht. But, when you see the two together, you see how they complement one another, particularly in style.
Launched in March 2019, the Perini Navi Eco-Tender belongs to existing customers of the shipyard. Initially, the owners wanted to commission an all-new, larger yacht. However, they decided their 171-footer (56-meter) still suited their cruising needs. Furthermore, they decided that a classically styled motoryacht with extra, flexible cabins would be better for the additional guests who occasionally joined them in their travels.
Therefore, the Perini Navi Eco-Tender has three staterooms, comprised of a twin, a double, and a VIP. She has a crew cabin, too, plus a galley. Perfect for the owners, who are avid nature photographers, the foredeck is custom designed for whale spotting and similar activities.
Also perfect for leaving as small an impact on nature as possible, the project has a hybrid-propulsion system. Twin MANs paired with Hamilton waterjets can push the yacht in excess of 30 knots in traditional cruising mode. Hybrid mode, meanwhile, sees one MAN engine operate an electric motor and the other MAN operate normally. Diesel-electric mode involves a genset powering both electric motors. Last but not least, the owners can enjoy zero-emission mode. With this, the electric motors and waterjets draw from a battery bank.
Commissioning a tender to match your mothership while being mindful of Mother Nature never looked so good.
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