Italy-based design studio Nauta Yachts has unveiled the Nauta Tender 48, its first custom-designed sailing superyacht chase boat.
The 14.6-metre (48-foot) vessel, which boasts exterior and interior design by Nauta and naval architecture by Francesco Rogantin, is built by compatriots Maxi Dolphin.
Nauta explained that the new chase boat has been built to exacting specifications given by the owner, who was looking for a flexible vessel which could be utilised “when the mother yacht is taking long cruises in the Mediterranean.”
In addition, it is expected to be used for logistical duties, extra accommodation and short, autonomous cruises. The owner also intends to use the Nauta Tender 48 to “scout potential anchorages, bringing guests to shore, provisioning and staying in ports too shallow for the mother yacht.”
The “simple and elegant” chase boat includes two luxurious aft sunpads, which can be extended to the shaded zone beneath the hard-top roof. The cockpit also includes a pair of symmetrical seating areas with mahogany tables.
Nauta Tender 48 also has two en-suite cabins – an owner’s suite forwards alongside the galley, and a separate cabin for crew or guests. A large service space with washer/dryer and wine cooler sits aft of the galley.
Power aboard the chase boat comes from twin 600hp Cummins engines and Rolls-Royce waterjets. She boasts a top speed of 37 knots.