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Dutch Yard Redefines the ‘Tender’

Published on April 15, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


Whilst some billionaires continue to battle it out to commission the largest superyacht on the planet (an accolade currently held by 180 metre Azzam owned by the President of the UAE), others have decided to drop out of this rather obnoxious race and prefer to add a second superyacht to their fleet instead – the ‘shadow boat’.

Previously called the ‘tender’ (a smallish boat designed to ferry passengers ashore, tow a wakeboard and then squeeze back into the superyacht’s garage) the ‘shadow boat’ is an altogether larger proposition.  Anything from 20 metres to 60 metres (and beyond) in length, these support boats follow around their motherships and provide everything from storage space (for jetskis, submarines, cars, reserve fuel, the aforementioned tenders) to extra accommodation (nannies, security) and from a place to land the chopper to a dance floor or beach club for extravagant parties.


Functional rather than a thing of great beauty, the shadow boat definitely won’t take the limelight from the sleek elegant superyacht, although it needs to have a decent engine room and hull to keep up – there’s no point in having a shadow boat that trails behind.

One company that has turned its hand to this burgeoning market is Amsterdam-based Lynx Yachts – a five-year-old displacement yacht manufacturer.  It launched its first Yacht-X-Tender, the 24-metre YXT ONE, at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show.  Conceived by Diana Yacht Design and priced at a cool 2.3 million euros, she has an all-aluminium hull, a striking yet functional profile, and a range of over 1,250 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 14 knots.


Founder and Chairman of Lynx Yachts, Slim Bouricha, said, “I wanted a support yacht with personality.  This is designed to support yachts of over 30m and to act as a standalone vessel.”

Thanks to its broad beam, the Dutch-built YXT ONE has a huge aft deck able to accommodate a large tender of around 38 feet as well as a selection of smaller toys.  Meanwhile, below deck is a cavernous interior which can be customised to suit the owner, whether he or she wants to transport more people, more services such as a Spa or gym, or more things – a motorbike or supercar perhaps.

Having sold YXT ONE and measured the enthusiastic appetite in the market, Lynx Yachts went on to launch the baby sister 20-metre YXT.  Ready for delivery in summer 2016, at a cost of around 1.95 million euros, this model has a chic Franck Darnet-designed guest area with natural wood and plush carpets, accommodation for four-crew, a galley, and plenty of stowage space below and above deck.  A pair of cranes is on hand to swiftly load and unload items of your choosing up to a maximum weight of 1.7 tonnes.  Her range is a touch shorter, 900 nautical miles at a 14-knot cruising speed.


The Company has plans to expand its Yacht-X-Tender portfolio up to 36 metres as well as a sailing support edition to accompany performance racing sailing yachts.  In February this year a new Sales and Marketing Manager, Filippo Rossi, was appointed to help move the business forward.

Upon joining the Lynx Yachts team, Filippo, who has been in yachting since 1999 working for the likes of Floating Life, Fraser Yachts and Dalla Pieta, said, “My new adventure with Lynx promises to be an exciting challenge. I accepted without hesitation because of the yard’s mission, its new contents to develop but especially for the quality of the yard; they never lose sight of attention to detail and direct contact with the owner. The presentation of the YXT products is going to be extremely interesting. Lynx is investing a considerable amount of efforts in research and development, as we all firmly believe in the YXT’s potential as a support vessel for superyachts, designed to host all the toys necessary to fully enjoy life on the water. I’ll accept the challenge to create a brand with a noteworthy identity, enhanced by a strong sense of shared motivation and the desire to satisfy a need – the need for shadow boats – an emerging trend in today’s yachting market.”


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