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New, Creative, Carbon-Fiber Anvera 48: The Coolest Tender Ever?

“The new Anvera 48 might well be the coolest, most technically accomplished yacht tender ever,” says the Robb Report. “Drawn by Aldo Drudi, who first imagined the 48 as an ‘elegant and very fast dolphin,’ the carbon-fiber boat is strong, tough and fast. “’While the hull has been developed with hydrodynamic features in mind, the superstructure has been defined by aerodynamics,’ says Drudi. The black profile does indeed have a sleek, aerodynamic look – especially with the nifty hard top that seems to float its way backward over the helm station, across the amidships dining table, and to the rear…

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Williams Re-Launches Two New Powerful Turbojet Tenders at Cannes Show

Williams Jet Tenders is re-launching two of its popular Turbojet tenders at the Cannes Yachting Festival starting Sept. 11, and it also will introduce its new high-performance Sportjet 435. The Turbojet 285 and 325 have been two of Williams’ best-selling models since they were first launched in 2005. They have been tweaked over the years, but now they’ve been given new, more powerful engines, a new tube profile and some new upscale upholstery for a more modern look. The 285 (pictured above) is 9’ 6” LOA and is designed for yachts from 39 to 52 feet. The 325 is a…

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New Walker Bay 325 Light Console RIB Holds 5 Passengers, Provides Dry Ride

Here’s a small, lightweight RIB that can hold up to five passengers and that promises a comfortable, fun and dry ride even in a chop. The new Walker Bay Supertender 325 Light Console is 10’ 8” long and weighs just 244 pounds and has a deep-V fiberglass hull for performance. Its hard chines provide traction in turns, and its wide bow is designed to block spray so you’ll have a dry ride in most conditions. The center console has room for a 7” screen; it also has a stainless-steel helm and handrail, two cupholders and padding on the port side…

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New Williams Sportjet 435: Fast, Fun and Big Enough To Hold 7 People

The new Williams Sportjet 435, a 14-foot, jet-powered RIB that can carry up to seven passengers and tops out at 52 mph, will be introduced at the London boat show, from January 10-14. It is the sixth model in Williams’ Sportjet series. “The 435 was created to extend our existing range of smaller Sportjet models, offering more space with seating for up to seven passengers, without compromising style or speed,” says Mathew Hornsby, the sales director for Williams Jet Tenders. The 435 is designed for wakeboarding and waterskiing as well as a tender or sportboat to carry passengers and guests.…

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15 New Tenders and RIBs. Which One’s Right for You?

Tenders and RIBs are getting bigger, better and safer than ever before. They’re also getting faster and more versatile, equipped with jet drives or even wheels to carry  you ashore. Some even have a head, making them much more family-friendly.  But which one to choose? Sooner or later all owners of cruising boats will need a new dink or a RIB, either to carry on the main boat or perhaps just to use as a second boat for carefree fun on the water. Here’s a look at 15 new tenders and RIBs, from 9′ 2″ to 33′ long, from the…

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New, Innovative, Fun and Fast Walker Bay Generation 525. See Review and Video

It’s hard to fit the new Walker Bay Generation 525 into a narrow boat category, because this new, luxurious 17-footer offers so much: It’s a RIB, certainly, but it also can be a sport boat, a day boat, a tow boat, a runabout or even a megayacht tender. It would be fun to have the 525 just to zip around a harbor by yourself, or to take a crowd – the boat’s rated for ten passengers. A California company (located in Fairfield, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento), Walker Bay is known for its innovation and creative design. Indeed,…

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A Look at 15 New Tenders and RIBs – from Achilles to ZAR

The right RIB or tender can make all the difference in a successful cruise or boating vacation. It means you can go ashore comfortably or explore other parts of the island or harbor where you’ve moored the big boat. And it also serves as a second boat, totally aside from the larger version. You can have your very own picnic boat, for example, that you can pull up on any beach without a worry. Many new RIBs even come with their own heads; one even comes with wheels so you can drive across the beach. Here’s a good review of…

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A New Entry: Williams Minijet Tender Off to a Good Start

If you’re looking for a new tender or RIB or just another boat to zip around in, the new Williams Minijet 280 may be just the thing. Designed for cruising boats under 45 feet, the new, compact Minijet 280 is only 9’2″ long, with a beam of 5’1′. It’s relatively light, weighing only 460 pounds. The real distinction, of course is that it is powered by a 45-hp BRP Rotax Ace 900 jet engine. There’s no outboard to put on and take off every time you launch it; no prop to worry about, a major safety advantage. The Minijet 280…

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New Argos 10-Foot RIB Looks Good, Seats Four

The video below gives a good look at the new Argos Nautic 305 Yachting tender, which manages to both look good and have a lot of room for passengers and gear. Indeed, the company says it seats four, which is remarkable for its size. The new upscale center console rigid inflatable boat has a 5’7″ beam and weighs only 750 pounds, so it’s relatively easy to lift up to a boat deck, to davits on a swim platform or to stow in a larger boat’s garage. With a 40-hp outboard, the boat tops out at 31 knots, and comes on…