The striking-looking Alte Volare 12M Hydrofoil Tender is the result of a technical study by the superyacht tender specialists at Cockwells in the UK. So far, the 40-knot, electric limousine tender exists only on paper, in a report presented at the Monaco show last month.
But the Alte Volare shows what is possible in the high-performance, foiling sphere right now. Henry Wars, the Cockwells design director, says the new tender combines a “distinctive design with a fully electric drivetrain and retractable foiling technology to create a tender that is efficient and elegant, inside and out.” The forward foil contains the electric motor; the aft houses all the controls.
Cockwells says that when the aerodynamic hull is foiling, it uses 80 percent less energy than a non-foiling hull would use at a cruising speed. And since superyacht tenders usually don’t stray too far from the mothership, the issue of range (a typical problem on electric-powered vessels) is moot. The Alte Volare can always return to the mothership for a fast charging.
The tender can seat 10 guests plus the two crew. It has folding boarding steps midships so guests can enter the center cockpit area. There’s comfortable seating on the bow, where a large removable cushion can serve as a sun pad. Aft of the center cockpit a bright salon has inward-facing seats for up to eight guests, with glass panels providing panoramic views. Twin reclining lounges are aft.
Cockwells, in Cornwall, also builds Hardy and Duchy motor yachts and commercial vessels.
The Alte Volare is 38’ 7” long with a beam of 10’ 8” and a draft of 3’ 9”. It weighs 14,000 pounds. Read more: