02 February 2023
With a pedigree of building sleek, fast sailing cruisers from 20 to 30 metres in length, German shipyard YYachts has already won over many fans with its Y7, Y8 and Y9 models. YYachts builds with safety and performance in mind using carbon as its primary build material to optimise the designs, while also making efforts to build as sustainably as possible.
The yachts offer thrilling performance even in light airs, but the yard says it has always seen an issue with the typical tenders that customers specified – since the Y-series yachts have a transverse tender garage in the stern, they are able to accommodate relatively large tenders, but the size and weight of those tenders would then impact sailing performance.
As a result, the YYachts design and engineering team has developed a solution – the YTender. Built in carbon composite, like the yachts themselves, the YTender is designed to meet the needs of sailors and weighs in at just 170 kilograms for the 3.65-metre version, and 230 kilograms for the larger 4.35-metre version.
What’s more, a built-in compressor means the sponsons can be deflated or reinflated in just 45 seconds during lift-out to minimise the tenders’ stowage dimensions, which also means maximising space for guests and crew by allowing a proportionally larger tender to be carried.
“It’s an incredibly innovative solution,” says Johannes Malzahn, Managing Partner of Yachtwerft Hamburg, which will build and sell the tenders. “It allows us to offer a tender with a maximum size for six people.”
Designed as a catamaran, the YTender is not only spacious but also features cat hydrodynamics which makes it very efficient underway, as well as being very stable particularly during boarding or disembarkation. Moreover, it is available with electric drives as standard as well as being offered with conventional outboards.
The layout is flexible, and the equipment and finish can be specified to suit – indeed, the YTender can be adapted to match the look of any yacht, giving it that custom feel that gives it the impression of being a part of the mother ship.
“Producing the tenders for YYachts is a great opportunity and honour for us,” Malzahn continues. “The concept developed by YYachts will be implemented by us with the very highest quality – as is customary in large yachting.”
The two models – the YT7 and YT9 – can be viewed, configured and customised online using the YTender 3D generator.