Vripack Designs Limo Tender

Limo tenders are increasingly appearing on the decks and in the garages of superyachts, and no wonder. They’re more sophisticated than your usual runabout or RIB, and sometimes their styling echoes that of the yacht they accompany. Vripack, which h...

21st July 2010.
By Diane Byrne

Vripack Limo Tender aerial

Limo tenders are increasingly appearing on the decks and in the garages of superyachts, and no wonder. They’re more sophisticated than your usual runabout or RIB, and sometimes their styling echoes that of the yacht they accompany. Vripack, which has designed a number of both megayachts and yacht tenders, has fashioned a 25-foot limo tender for buyers of Heesen Yachts’ 5500 series (180 feet LOA).

It did so at the request of the project-management firm Nakhimov, which will also commission the construction of the tender (yard not yet selected). While the images here don’t convey it, the styling echoes many elements of the Heesen. But Vripack incorporated some novel features, too, notably the skylight and abundant use of glass.

Vripack Limo Tender aft

In fact, the limo tender is so nicely outfitted, it might keep the owner and guests lingering longer onboard. Two mini-bars will keep libations flowing. Six people can sit inside in climate-controlled comfort, while a few more can enjoy the rush of air while outside at the U-shape bow seating. Should they wish to take a dip, the limo tender has a teak-decked swim platform. The overall design keeps guests and crew separate, with the helm station outside. The illustrations here show it to starboard, but Vripack has included an extra crewmember leaning post just opposite.


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Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.
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