Off-grid tender

Designed by world-renowned naval architects Espen Øino and Scott Jutson, the Vandal Explorer is a new semi-custom foil-assisted power-cat support vessel.

04 November 2022


Vandal Marine, creators of the successful Vandal Tenders and Chase Boats, launched a new range of Explorer craft at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

Inspired by the harsh conditions of the Pacific North-West, Canada-based Scott Jutson provided naval architecture while world-renowned superyacht designer Espen Øino created the unique, rugged design.

The result is a 14-metre, foil-assisted power-cat, a tough, do-anything, go-anywhere companion, ideal for off-the-grid adventures.

Espen Øino explained the thinking behind the Explorer, stating, “A philosophy of less is more is the founding pillar of the design and offers everything a boat owner really needs – and only that.

“Having spent time on board over the summer, I can testify first-hand to its performance and comfort. Plus, it’s seriously fun to drive!”

With its high-performance Yamaha XTO 425 hp engines and asymmetric hull form, the Explorer drives like a race boat, providing exhilarating handling in all weather conditions.


The unique foil design carries 35 percent of the Explorer’s weight and reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 percent, providing an excellent range of up to 240 nautical miles thus reducing both cost and emissions.

The foil requires no particular skill from the operator and nor does it add to vessel draft. In addition to improved efficiency, it gives a smoother ride, less spray, enhanced high-speed stability and, of course, better performance – up to and even beyond 40 knots.

While performance and style are key to all Vandal customers, special effort has also been taken with regards to sustainable development through powering and material choices.

As such a number of features contribute to reducing the Explorer’s impact on the environment, including: reduced emissions through innovative foil technology and hull design that reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 percent, efficient powering by two super low emission Yamaha XTO 425hp outboards, chosen for their ability to deliver strong fuel efficiency, high efficiency batteries and solar panels for hotel needs.

Preserving water quality is also paramount, through the use of silicon antifouling lasting up to three years and minimum use of fairing and paint, incineration of waste from interior day head avoiding black water discharge.

Reduced waste is achieved through using recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible (eg. Aluminium structure, recycled sails for storage bags) and reducing consumables.

The two 14-metre Vandal Explorers presented at Cannes are equipped with multiple features to ensure maximum comfort and space for up to 14 passengers.

Features include a six- to eight-person dining area, a master bedroom, aft deck rain shower, interior day head with additional shower, a well-appointed outdoor kitchen and copious lounging areas, one of which is located on the flybridge.

Each boat also includes two large sun beds, solar panels and carries a tender as well as a variety of adventure gear from ebikes, paddle boards, kite surfs, Seabobs, dive bottles and skiing equipment.

Ben Mennem, co-founder of Vandal Marine said, “Our new Explorer range may be adapted to meet any requirements, whether it be sports fishing, diving, regatta chase boat or even heli/winter skiing.

“We believe it could also be a thrilling addition as a shadow vessel for superyachts, or simply for boating adventurers who share our vision of less is more and want a durable, versatile craft for travelling and entertaining.”

Built in the Netherlands by the team at Tenderworks, who create bespoke Tenders and Chase Boats for the world’s finest superyachts, every Vandal Explorer is the crystallisation of generations of boatbuilding experience and are simply built to go the distance – a low-maintenance, lightweight aluminium vessel that can be depended on, day in, day out, year after year.



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