PHOTOS: Louis van Baar
Megayacht staterooms often prioritize flexibility, converting from twin to queen cabins or from sleeping areas to gyms. DutchCraft believes tenders can be flexible, too. Its DC25 combines multiple functions due to modular, simple-to-switch features. Plus, its electric-propulsion system means it can access some protected waters in your global travels.
Capable of carrying 10 people, the DutchCraft DC25 measures 26’3” (8.02 meters). For convenience in stowing in tender garages, the hardtop folds down flush with the bulwarks. DutchCraft employs carbon fiber construction, too, to minimize weight. Plus, four lifting rings let your crew maneuver the boat for launch and retrieval.
Seeing as some yacht owners buy multiple tenders for multiple purposes, DutchCraft reasoned that the DC25 could combine those duties. So, for instance, the tender is beachable due to a shallow 1’3” (0.4-meter) draft with her engine trimmed up, with a drop-down bow section (top) for disembarking. More so, though, the rail system at the center of her 7’8” (2.38-meter) beam means multiple DutchCraft-designed modules can swap in and out. Banks of benchseats can make the DC25 a traditional ship-to-shore shuttle. If you like diving, the builder has customizable dive-gear racks. It even has bike racks. Furthermore, since the helm is far forward, you can skip the seating altogether and use the aft expanse for toy stowage, including a mini sub.
In collaboration with DLBA Naval Architects, DutchCraft engineered the DC25 for good performance. You can reportedly zip around at a maximum 30 knots for up to 75 minutes, for example, with the standard 100-kW DC motor and optional 134-kW battery bank. (The standard battery capacity is 89 kW.) Additionally, dialing back speed to 6 knots should provide seven and a half hours of operations before needing to recharge the batteries. Speaking of which, the battery bank can recharge within about two hours. If you’re a Tesla fan, note that DutchCraft employs Tesla-reconditioned lithium batteries. Regardless, the lack of sound and fumes will make for a more pleasing day on the water.
DLBA Naval Architects dlba-inc.com