Acronautic has developed the world’s first Limousine RIB tender to meet the industry demand for a high speed multi-purpose yacht tender. This custom design is a fusion between an open style RIB and luxury superyacht limousine tender.
The challenge was to develop a vessel that could carry passengers in a safe and dry environment yet also maintain a fun and practical purpose. RIB’s are often referred to as utility boats due to their multi-tasking nature, high durability and ride comfort. The THETIS design by Acronautic adds a fresh dimension by incorporating a limousine style cabin and practicality for diving, beach access and cruising.
The design was conceptualised by Stephen Crone of Acronautic to meet an increasing demand in passenger transport to and from luxury superyachts, in a vessel that could serve multiple purposes whether it be diving, cruising, lounging or exploring and with the ease and convenience of a RIB. Mr Crone has had a long connection working with high speed luxury RIB’s and most notable for his contribution to the Dariel built 13m RIB ‘YOKO’ – a luxury day boat delivered to a Monaco based client and nominated for the 2012 Showboats ’Yacht Tender Design of the Year’.
Mr Crone, managing director of Acronautic commented, “Rigid Inflatable Boats have always been popular as superyacht tenders however transporting a large number of guests in protected comfort has continually been a challenge, this vessel is designed to complement the yachting experience and offer a safe, dry and luxurious experience.”
A yacht tender is often the first and last impression guests have from a superyacht; The THETIS design has been developed to become a focal point before, during and after this voyage. This vessel shall provide an experience in itself for guests, whether it is transiting to shore, exploring local bays or diving from this ultra-stable platform, every detail is designed around versatility and user comfort including dedicated boarding points for ease of access.
The THETIS also offers passengers an exhilarating ride though a typical V-shape performance hull capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots from twin 350hp outboard engines.
Stephen Crone continued, “This vessel is a must have superyacht toy to compliment a yachting experience. Many of our clients are using production boats as chase tenders however the THETIS design offers a design that can be fully customised to suit a client’s requirements, style and taste.”
The THETIS project shall be managed in conjunction with Josh Richardson and the team from Superyacht Tenders and Toys to ensure quality finishes and attention to detail is achieved to realise the demands of fastidious superyacht owners.