Windy Boats and Espen Oeino International have delivered their first custom eight metre Windy EØ limo tender, a game changing new concept in custom-designed limousine tenders which sets new standards for design and engineering excellence.
A low profile, high-capacity launch for ship-to-shore duties, the eight metre limo tender has seating for up to 10 guests, plus two crew in the open cockpit at the bow. The all-weather craft features sliding glass roof panels in the seating compartment and a bespoke Hermes interior commissioned by the client. Powered by two 220h Volvo sterndrives delivering a top speed of 45 knots, the tender is designed to fit the garage of a superyacht in the 70m class.
Designed by Monaco-based Espen Oeino to complement his client’s superyacht, the limo tender was built and engineered by Windy Yacht Projects, a new division of the company devoted to superyacht-quality small craft. The partners are so delighted with the result of their first collaboration that they are now planning on developing a modified version of the limo tender for standard production in 8m and 9m versions.
Knut Heiberg Andersen of Windy Yachts commented, “This is a ground-breaking project for Windy. Espen and I have known each other for over 20 years and have often talked about working together but we wanted to wait for the right project to come along. When Espen was commissioned to produce the limo tender just after we announced our new Yacht Projects Division we knew that time had come.”
Whilst the limo tender is the first project to be delivered by Windy Yacht Projects, it is not the company’s first venture into bespoke tender production. In 2009 Windy was contracted to develop, build and deliver the Windy Dubois SR52 Blackbird, a stunning 16.10 metre super tender which met with universal acclaim from Windy’s clients and the boating press.
Heiberg-Andersen explained, “Developing the SR52 Blackbird made us realise how perfectly our skills and work ethos match the demands of superyacht owners. Our objective with Windy Yacht Projects is to offer the unique Windy qualities to the yachting industry in cooperation with some of the very best yacht designers and naval architects in the world.”
Espen Oeino is delighted to be on board as Windy Yacht Projects’ first partner with the eight metre limo tender. “Windy are very good at what they do. They have built thousands of boats in almost 50 years and continue to spare no effort to ensure that each and every vessel is built and engineered to the highest quality standards. This gives me enormous confidence that we can meet the very exacting demands of yacht owners, delivering custom tenders that not only look sensational but can be relied on to perform.”