By definition, tenders are small boats built to support larger motoryachts and are routinely used to make the connection between ship and shore for the transportation of people and goods. Modern tenders are often custom-built to the same luxurious standards as their motherships, and as the world’s superyachts have grown in size, luxury, and sophistication, so have the design and coatings of their tenders.
Since opening their doors in 2012, Tender Shipyard has manufactured over a dozen custom yacht tenders and have several new boats currently under construction. Philippe Cabon, a naval architect by trade, started Tender Shipyard and leads a team that handles all aspects of design and construction from their facility in Olonne sur Mer on the west coast of France. Tender Shipyard’s range of models is impressive, with many composite tender designs involving an infusion of polyester or carbon fiber, and varying in size up to 40 feet (12m). Each model incorporates unique features including retractable and height adjustable hardtops, along with different power options including outboard, inboard and jet drive. One can find boats from Tender Shipyards all around the world, accompanying many impressive yachts from renowned builders such as Benetti, Heesen, Lurssen and Sunrise Yachts. From their very beginning, Tender Shipyard was looking for a finish of the highest quality possible for these runabouts; a search which led them to choose the full product range of ALEXSEAL, including primers, fairing compounds and finish coatings. With continuing new developments in ALEXSEAL’s product lines, and expansion of our global distribution network, ALEXSEAL provides Tender Shipyard with the quality, advanced technology and product availability they need to compliment the most elite and stylish yachts in the world—many of which are also utilizing ALEXSEAL products.