The two ‘Venetian-style’ tenders were inspired by Italian water taxis

The tender division of Hodgdon Yachts in the US has launched two new, custom ‘Venetian-style’ tenders for an 80m megayacht under construction in Germany.

The two tenders – inspired by Italian water taxis – are semi-production models, allowing customisation of the Michael Peters-designed 9.5m Venetian limousine tender and an 8m Venetian centre console tender, according to a company news release. They’ll be delivered early next year to Abeking & Rasmussen boatyard.

According to the release, the limousine tender features mirrored windows that electrically raise and lower, port and starboard hull side doors that swing open for easy aft side boarding, and a power roof that allows for up to 12 guests.

The centre console tender matches the look of the limousine. The design, layout and performance capabilities were tailored for beach use and watersports.

Over the course of its 200-year history, the family-owned Hodgdon has built boats ranging from the early 20th century Arctic explorer Bowdoin to the 100ft superyacht Comanche, which in 2016 shattered the west-to-east transatlantic monohull sailing record.

In recent decades, Hodgdon diversified its services to include Hodgdon Yachts, specialising in custom sail and power yacht construction; Hodgdon Tenders, building high-quality superyacht tenders; Hodgdon Yacht Services, offering full service boatyard services and refits; and Hodgdon Defense Composites, building specialised defense craft.

Hodgdon has delivered 15 tenders to date, with three contracts under construction, yard owner Tim Hodgdon told Mainebiz. The niche tender market has seen growing demand, according to Hodgdon, but “there’s a lot of growing competition as well. The strength of the dollar is an obstacle because most of the competition is in Europe and other parts of the world.”