Hodgdon Yachts introduces the Custom Tenders Line for superyachts

August 08, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith


Hodgdon Yachts has nearly two centuries of experience combining art and function.  In collaboration with Michael Peters Yacht Desgn, Hodgdon is presenting a series of artful tenders designed to please not only the discriminating owner with good taste but the crew with high standards as well. Beautifully designed, artfully styled and expertly built, these tenders are designed to maintain an aesthetic while being optimized for a particular function.

Hodgdon Yachts introduces the Custom Tenders Line for superyachts - Photo credit Onne Van Der Wal, Newport, Rhode Island

Hodgdon Yachts introduces the Custom Tenders Line for superyachts - Photo credit Onne Van Der Wal, Newport, Rhode Island

The SPORT TENDER is as fun as it is sexy, the CENTER CONSOLE TENDER hosts lots of adventure-loving guests, and the unique LIMO TENDER brings chauffeured car and private aircraft standards to shuttling guests to and from superyachts.

Alone they will turn heads in any port, together they set a new fleet imperative for superyacht tenders. New designs and a new concept: that the tenders should look great and work great and do it together. Let’s face it, a tremendous sense of passion, art and design is going into commissioning a big boat.

Carrying up to 12 guests in luxurious leather seating, the Hodgdon Limo Tender carries all of the amenities one would expect in a chauffeured motor car coach including high definition entertainment system, refreshment station and climate control.

In addition to looking spectacular, the Hodgdon Limo Tender is a functional work of art. The side windows power down to reveal boarding access both port and starboard. The full salon hardtop rises hydraulically to allow full height headroom for ease of boarding and excellent 360 degree ventilation and standing visibility even while underway. For quick ingress the top features lift up hatches at the boarding gates while the hardtop is down.

This custom tender was built to the same exacting standards as a Hodgdon superyacht with custom cast hardware, fine joinery, and painstaking detail in the layout and installation of mechanical, electrical and safety systems. And the boat is a dream to handle with sports car handling at speeds over 30 knots even when loaded or confident luxury while lingering and docking. Handling for the crew in loading and unloading is efficient and safe with robust built-­in pick up points strategically located to match the mother ships gear. In all the Hodgdon LIMO TENDER is an extraordinary design, supremely executed and superbly fitted to accommodate guests in superyacht luxury.


There are lots of opportunities to make these designs yours. Hull and Deck colors, wood trim, leather  or fabric, deck treatment or a variety of custom features are “yours to choose”. Or, we start over with custom concept and create a unique and personal aesthetic. The direction is up to the clients, the expertise is Hodgdon.

Below is a video of the Hodgdon Limo Tender for the Oceanco
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