AUGUST 1, 2017 – Reliant Yachts of Newport, Rhode Island announced today a new build is under
contract for a 40-foot limousine tender utilizing their X series platform.
Jim Ewing, principal at Reliant Yachts states, “We want to create a tender that shares the beauty and
functionality of the classic Venetian water taxi, but in a completely modern way. The contemporary
megayacht tender has to be a proper yacht unto itself, able to deal with diverse sea conditions, so hull
design and stability are key.” The 40-footer is slated for completion in early 2018, and will be delivered to
Italy to be used as a luxury tender to a large new construction megayacht.
Ewing adds, “Although the parameters of the tender garage offer challenges — tight clearances, load
restrictions, crane pickups — we see that as a way to utilize our design and building skills. We have
to make incremental adjustments everywhere to accommodate the garage plan, but without losing
functionality or compromising the lines. Frankly that will always be the case when building a tender for a
megayacht; where and how it is stored is always critical.”
Engines will be aft to minimize noise in the main cabin. Construction utilizes carbon fiber to keep the
weight down while maintaining structural integrity. The hull, as with all of the X series hulls, will be
a deep-V. Speeds are anticipated in excess of 30 knots. Natural light and visibility are a key design
parameter, with a large powered overhead hatch and wrap-around glass cabin sides. Where the head is
located aft, the glass transitions to tinted privacy glass without the use of visible mullions on the exterior.
Guests may enter forward or aft with a private sitting cockpit aft. Other features include generator, air
conditioning, wet bar with refrigerator, leather seating, intercom communication with helm, and a stateof-
the-art entertainment system.
Ewing concludes, “A Seakeeper stabilizer is being installed to provide the most comfortable experience
possible for passengers. Megayachts are often berthed a fair distance from port, so having to traverse
through chop is not uncommon. We want this tender to be every bit as comfortable as it is beautiful.”
More information will be forthcoming throughout the year as the build progresses. For more information,
contact Reliant Yachts at 401.684.1476, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.