style yachts also enjoying an increased market share. It is this size yacht that represents the largest market share of existing vessels and often introduces new owners to the industry and brands such as Sunseeker, Princess, Azimut-Benetti, the Feretti Group and San Lorenzo, who focus on this size bracket. This market share is now showing the busiest orderbooks with the largest number of current builds. It is this size yacht I would like to concentrate on in this article, as it is a key but often overlooked section of the industry when talking about tenders and toys, and one which invariably challenges us at Superyacht Tenders and Toys more than any other.
Yacht garage space
Large yachts usually have adequate garages, cranes and stowage for a variety of craft and toys. Generally when dealing with large yachts over 80m there are a number of tender options that can be proposed which are fit for purpose and fit within the space available and the work SYTT do is merely a matter of finding a match for the client in terms of budget, build time and preferred style.
It is in the smaller yachts that our work becomes slightly more difficult as space is constrained and the decision is more critical as it has a very direct impact on owners’ living spaces and the way in which they use their yacht. Garage spaces are also designed by the shipyard from the outset of these more production orientated builds with a single preferred tender in mind.
More often than not there is very little, if any, flexibility in this space and the shipyard often provides their standard tender as part of the build contract. Typically, we see garages that are designed to fit this shipyard-specified tender, often leaving only about 100mm clearance around it so finding an alternative tender can be a challenge but is not impossible! Inboard diesel brands such as Williams and Castoldi have built a strong reputation and following in this market. Williams is popular with the UK yacht builders such as Princess and Sunseeker and Castoldi is favoured by their Italian counterparts but owners do not have to stick with the tender their yacht builder specifies.
Focus on toys
In the last 10-20 years the tender and toy package has become something that is a key decision for owners when choosing yachts, with many believing that the best moments in life are on or in the water playing with the toys. This has inevitably led to the increase in expedition style yachts and support vessels to whom we are providing consultation and supplying tenders and toys. With space being the priority and the challenge there are a number of innovations in the toy market to make life easier with limited storage space. Options such as inflatable toys, SUPS and docks which have a reduced stowed size create a better owner experience. Multi-functional toys are improving in quality so as to offer different sports within one item – for example, different fins, foils, rigs and sails can be purchased to utilise one board in a number of ways which all helps reduce the amount of storage space needed onboard.
The new owners
Yacht charterers always seem to want to be able to have anything, anytime, anywhere. However, this simply cannot be achieved by smaller yachts as they do not have the space to carry everything all the time. Tender and particularly toy rental has helped fill this area and at SYTT we have a significant selection of rental toys and tenders available that can often be delivered the same day to many of the main yachting destinations. This has also given owners the opportunity to try before you buy, something that has been lacking in the superyacht toy supply traditionally. With many toys being of high value, this is a great opportunity for owners and crew to decide what they like before purchasing rather than buying new and then it sitting idle in the garage for years because the owner doesn’t like it or the crew find it too difficult/time consuming to deploy. It also means they can have the latest and greatest toy at any time ensuring that owners have the newest, fastest, lightest and most reliable equipment on board.
Reliability, of course, is key to both owners and crew alike. A lot of the new electric toys such as Seabob, Lift eFoil, Radinn and others offer a zero-maintenance toy which offers a quick thrill but requires very low skill. The perfect addition for charters and family trips!