The Kiel-built KNIERIM Runabout 36 boat has been beautifully penned by Beiderbeck Designs from Germany‘s Bremen. Also suitable as a tender for large super and mega yachts, KNIERIM Runabout 36 is firing up classic boat enthusiasts, thanks to the latest in modern comfort as well as plenty of power under the hood.
Back in the 1920s, when aircraft engines left over from World War I were built into sports boats for the elite, few people suspected that following their heyday in the 1950s, these little runabouts would experience a renaissance in the next millennium.
The 10.90 metres long Day Cruiser forges gallantly through rough seas with up to 740 HP. Whether enjoying a hot shower after a wakeboarding session or an ice-cold kir royal and scampi from the lava rock grill in the cockpit, a stylish weekend for two is guaranteed.
At once both graceful and powerful, this 36-footer races through the water with a top speed of well over 40 knots (around 80 km/h). The sharp, V-shaped hull cuts the waves like butter and makes for excellent handling even in heavy weather, an attribute shared by few craft of this type. While the boat has been conceived as a typical runabout, completely open or with a custom bimini roof for shade, there is also an Express Cruiser version with an elongated hard top (folding cabrio optional) for more northerly latitudes.
Build no. one, designed for an owner who commutes by water between Barcelona and Mallorca, surprises with a central helm station from which the driver can “reverse-park” her completely unassisted thanks to the system of mooring lines led back into the cockpit. He can simply remove them from the side lockers located conveniently to hand midships and drop them over the mooring posts. If his companion needs to go forward onto the bow, he does not have to teeter along the edge of the boat. The central section of the windscreen then folds down to give access to a stairway leading safely up onto the foredeck.
Many features of the KNIERIM Runabout 36 superyacht tender are virtually invisible. The cockpit table disappears into the floor at the touch of a button, like the roller shutter that closes off the companionway. The anchor locker is fully recessed and the swim ladder retractable. The wine is stowed beneath the cockpit seats in coolboxes or in two refrigerated drawers. Only the espresso machine and the sink are below deck, where you also find the impressive wet room with headroom of 1.85 metres, unusual in a boat of this size. The U-shaped seating group for six people becomes a double berth in no time at all.
To ensure safe wakeboarding the very agile stern drive has been set far forward below the hull, away from the swim platform. The latter is reached via a central stairway with four steps leading down from the stern deck, exposed by moving two seat cushions. Aft of the two D4 engines from Volvo Penta, each with a power of 300 HP in this first build, there is a stern flap behind which a 6 HP dinghy is stowed. During launch and recovery, its outboard can be hung temporarily on a practical bracket on the stern.
As you would expect from KNIERIM, the hull shape of the Runabout 36 is of course precision-cut to one-tenth of a millimetre accuracy in one of the yard’s two ultra-modern five-axis milling machines. The hull and deck are superbly crafted GRP sandwich constructions, while the gleaming cockpit coaming, bulwarks and transom are in high gloss polished mahogany.
“We were allowed to plan vast quantities of wood into this high-tech boat”, Beiderbeck designers Tim Ulrich and Immo Lüdeling observe with delight. The pair are full of praise for the audacity of the client and the craftsmanship of the KNIERIM yard. Thus the runabouts of the past have come full circle from the light, one-horse carriages driven not by paid coachmen but by the owners themselves, with great passion.
Specifications of first KNIERIM Runabout 36 mega yacht tender:
Length overall: 11.50 metres (37.7 feet)
Hull length: 10.90 metres (35.8 feet)
Length at waterline: 9.55 metres
Beam: 3.05 metres
Draught (hull): 0.65 metres
Motorisation: 2x 300 PS Volvo Penta D4
Drive: Z-drive with Duoprop
Top speed: approx. 44 knots (over 85 km/h)
Diesel tank volume: 570 litres
Fresh water tank: 200 litres
Waste water tank: 60 litres
Weight unladen: approx. 5,900 kg
CE Cat.: C
Design: beiderbeck designs GmbH