By creating a stowable long-range tender, capable of reaching 50 knots, the Xtender 16.1m has been designed and built to meet the demands of the modern-day discerning owner. This highly customisable craft is the work of leading tender manufacturer Xtenders with a design by Dubois Naval Architects.
Constructed according to the highest standards in available technologies and engineering solutions, one can be forgiven for taking the full-carbon 16.1 as a serious racer rather than a tender. Dubois drew a low profile foredeck and wheelhouse structure creating a stylish exploration craft fully made from carbon. The tender is able to reach 500nm at 25 knots in the highest level of comfort and luxury, while adhering to the compact design request by the client.
With Herbert Dercksen as the man behind the creation of the tender, his experience as an Olympic sailor in the multihull class and founder of the Extreme 40 class has had a great influence on the efficiency, stability and ultimate top speed of the vessel. All of which was expertly brought to life by Xtender’s design team who succeeded in capturing Dubois’ minimalist design perfectly while retaining the uninterrupted play of lines.
For owner representative Sebastian Allebrodt, the significance of the outcome of the first project is a sign of progress for everyone involved. “I wouldn’t even call it a tender,” he says, “It’s more like a small superyacht. The project was conceived in the same way we do superyachts, with a specification designer and interior designer. The 16.1 has been a big game changer for Xtenders and I feel they were working more as a superyacht shipyard during the project rather than a tender builder.”
The interior cabin on the 16.1m was approached with an intense attention-to-detail mindset, where GCA Architects from Barcelona decorated a lovely space where guests can escape the elements when underway or simply seek some privacy. It is the clear coat full carbon veneers that first catches ones eye upon entering the cabin. A fully operating galley with high quality Miele and CEA design appliances, a day head and large day berth that transforms into a comfortable lounge sofa, completes the space. As these amenities were all requests from the first client, the interior is a fine example of the customisable nature of the Xtender 16.1.
“Two of the most important factors were the correct use of the textures and of the colors; the cabin’s interior shows a strong contrast between the flat dark surfaces in carbon fibre and the cosiness and softness of the white fabrics,” comments Anna Trillo of GCA Architects.
Out on deck, the tender’s true versatility and practically soon comes to show. The centrally placed cockpit is neatly laid out with two recessed navigation screens and gear that is only essential for manoeuvring, makes up the high-gloss dashboard. Shock mitigation seats allow for a safe and comfortable ride for the driver and passengers; all while being protected by the nearly invisible wind-guard ahead and sleek hard top canopy structure above. Great attention has gone into keeping the Xtender 16.1m’s deck as clean and simple as possible, with dedicated storage for the custom fenders and lines neatly tucked into the bulwarks and hatches. A removable sun awning, useable in speeds up to 40mph, is easily erected by crew and cleverly stows below the aft sunbed.
The 16.1m transforms into a pleasure island when at anchor, adding a whole new meaning to the term beach day. With the aft bulwarks folded down, this section converts into a wonderfully spacious area ideal for sun bathing and relaxed afternoons with family. A one meter wide swim ladder leads one directly onto the swim platform where two deck showers awaits.
In order to achieve the optimum weight to strength ratio, Xtenders cooperated with STRUCteam from the UK, who were responsible for calculating each detailed load on the craft, to determine the precise laminate solutions for each section. As Xtenders exclusively uses carbon fibre for construction, the 16.1 is no exeption and has been parlty cured in an autoclave allowing Xtenders to keep the overall weight down to a bare 11 tons. In the quest to create the ultimate lightweight and strong tender, for the construction of the hull, Xtenders turned to Trimarine from Portugal and Marstrom Composites in Sweden, companies who have built hulls for America’s Cup boats, Volvo Ocean Racers and the extreme 40 series.
With the 16.1m tender, Xtenders have achieved in building a versatile and superb looking vessel suited for the fast paced lifestyle of today’s superyacht owner. The tender signifies an important milestone in the company’s heritage, one which Xtenders are only reinforcing by expanding the layout and specification options of the tender, to create a truly custom product to suit every imaginable taste.
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