“Why don’t you build tenders in the same bespoke style as the Dominator Ilumen range?” It was a simple question from a Dominator Yachts customer. “A standard commercial tender off the shelf doesn’t suit the Ilumen philosophy to arrive in style to my Dominator.” Finishing up in time for the summer 2021 season, the first “Mini Ilumen,” a 23-foot (7-meter) tender, kicks off the new Ilumen tender range.
Custom requests are normal business for Dominator. Even with its long focus on yachts and megayachts, like the Ilumen 42M Tri-Deck, the management team believed more customers might be interested in custom, complementary styled tenders. Additionally, the team reasoned, a Mini Ilumen might make an attractive day cruiser for a new customer. Furthermore, newcomers to yachting might consider the size as an entry point into the lifestyle.
The Ilumen tender series starts at about 20 feet LOA (6 meters) and offers custom choices for both length and features. Each does, though, employ carbon composite construction, like Dominator’s megayachts. Thermal and acoustic insulation apply, too. In fact, the shipyard says its fiberglass methods lead to 30 percent better acoustic and thermal insulation, as well as lower weight, compared to traditional fiberglass methods.
Plus, the Mini Ilumen employs an in-house-designed high-performance hull for good speeds, less resistance in the water, and of course good fuel consumption. Dominator expects the first 23-foot Ilumen tender to achieve a 26-knot cruising speed and 46-knot max speed. Range should be nearly 300 nautical miles even at 26 knots.
Speeds and other performance parameters change according to the engine package. Dominator offers twin Volvo Penta V8-300 C/DPS gasoline stern drives and twin Volvo Penta D4-300 DPS diesel stern drives. Both engines are Volvo Penta’s Aquamatic stern drives as well. This means you receive a complete package, from controls to engine, drive, and props. Alternately, you can request hybrid propulsion, with an electric motor.
Pricing starts at €300,000 (about $363,500 at press time).
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