Williams Performance Tenders has introduced the Sportjet series, and like the Williams Inflatable 325 designed as a tender specifically for the Monte Carlo MC series of yachts, these are rigid hull inflatable boats—called RIBs for short. These new inflatables have been dubbed pocket tenders, which implies they may be small or perhaps de-featured, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, Williams tenders carry a bit of British-infused prestige, like a Rolls Royce dinghy built for James Bond to zip around his big yacht in Monaco.
The Sportjet line includes two models: the 460 (15’ 1”) and the 520 (17’ 1”) and each can function as a stand-alone runabout or a towboat perfect for waterskiing and wakeboarding. The rear sports platform provides a place for a skier to stand and put on his or her gear, and get ready to jump in. To get back aboard, there’s a ladder neatly hidden from view.
The helm seat has a backrest that serves both the driver looking forward and a waterskiing spotter facing aft, keeping an eye on the person on the towline. But this backrest is reversible so when flipped forward (while the boat is not being driven) the entire aft seating area forms a sunpad, perfect for a Bond Girl.
The helm is offset to starboard and the dash is neatly laid out. It’s protected by a windshield that folds down so the tender may be stored in a space with low clearance, like in most yacht dinghy garages. There’s stowage below the dash as well as in the large locker in the bow, under the forward seat. From the helm seat back, the tubes are topped with stainless-steel handrails with extra handles at the transom.
The jet engine means there’s no propeller, which is a bit safer when managing people in the water. The Rotax 4-TEC 150 HP jet propulsion engine has a top speed of 48 MPH—and that’s where those handrails really come in handy.
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Standard features include the windshield, removable ski pole, navigation lights and ladder. However, it wouldn’t be fitting of James Bond if it couldn’t be pimped out a bit. The Sportjet is offered in a choice of four colors: Basalt Black, Electro Blue, Neptune Grey, and Lava Red, so matching the big yacht will be no problem. You can also add LED lights, a Bimini, a dodger, a Garmin chartplotter and a Fusion audio system.
More large yacht owners are looking for a RIB to do double duty as both a tender and a toy. With the Sportjet, you can tow a skier, deliver guests to dive site, and pull tubes and water toys all day long. Williams keeps in mind this cross-functionality in all their lines including the DieselJet and TurboJet series.
The 520, with its forward-facing seat ahead of the helm pod, weighs 1,300 pounds (the smaller 460 weighs in around 1,200 pounds). It’s not the kind of tender you’ll be manhandling for a beach landing—but then, that would be uncivilized and difficult to do in a tux, anyway.
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