For those with virtually unlimited resources, the real race is in superyacht length. Some major projects have broken through the 500 foot mark and fast approach 600 foot lengths. This means more space for more toys and one of the most important superyacht accessories is her tenders. Getting ashore fast and in style is always a must especially when dropping anchor at exotic ports of call such as Ibiza or the French Rivera.
Dutch boatmaker Ribbon has debut a new tender design that is fast, stylish and appointed with luxury throughout. Dubbed ‘The Gentleman’s Express’, the Ribbon R27 is a high speed tender craft that was developed as a means for yacht owners to transport themselves ashore while enjoying the open air experience.
The R27’s sleek lines and luxurious touches will make it a welcome addition to any tender fleet. A true driver’s boat, the single position console sits directly in front of the ‘captain’s chair’ and he or she pilots 7 friends in the utmost comfort. Speed and stability are key elements to an efficient ride and the R27 offers a standard 300 horsepower Mercury stern drive engine. Owners can choose from a range of power plants including Mercury diesels and a cutting edge Rolls Royce Kamewa water jet propulsion system.
The craft’s ride is further enhanced by the high tech hull design and deep bow that cuts through waves dispersing water smoothly around the sides of the vessel. Using avionics as the central design theme, Silverguard leather and carbon fiber mesh in the cabin to complete the opulent ship to shore experience. The R27 can also be customized with various amenities including a ‘head’ and hand shower, water ski pool, iPad controlled audio, coolers, underwater lighting and bow thrusters.
At just over 27 feet, the R27 is the perfect size for larger yachts but still compact enough for easy maneuvering in busy harbors and ports. Finished by hand, the R27 exudes a level of refinement and craftsmanship you don’t usually see in tenders of this size.
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media