The new Solas standard Vripack and Boating Matters Res-Q-Tender
Boating Matters has teamed with Vripack to create a new approved 3 model diesel rescue tender range starting at 4.2 metres for Yachts. The new boats, called Res-Q-Tenders will be built in Holland using Dutch ingenuity, craftsmanship and Vripack's excellent design and engineering capabilities.
This a brand new design that incorporates the latest thinking in practical ideas and features as well as the latest SOLAS standards. However the design emphasis has been on facilitating on-board maintainability which is critical to the operation of tenders on a busy Yacht. They can be used on yachts under 500 tons that don’t require the full SOLAS certificate or on Yachts over 500 tons that do.
Res-Q-Tender’s are created by Vripack and Tim Fleming, the latter with over 25 years experience with Zodiac, developing tenders for the large yacht market and especially SOLAS approved versions. Vripack is a respected Superyacht Industry leader in design and engineering. All Res-Q-Tender models are custom made to order and can incorporate some individual and bespoke requirements for the Owner within the limits of the Approval Certificate.
The Res-Q-Tender range consists of diesel inboard, waterjet or sterndrive powered rigid hull inflatables from 4.2m thru 5.3m.
“There is not a big market for these type of tenders which tend to be highly customised and you need a lot of time and engineering resources to be able to manage each individual build.” said Tim Fleming “but that is what I like to do for a living and I am lucky to have Vripack acting as the engineering authority. I also have a great builder here in Holland who is used to this type of precise aluminium work for Superyachts as well as building approved boats” he added.
All this comes at a cost and the projected selling price will be around € 90,000 for the smallest model with the complete SOLAS package.