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2 weeks agoupdated Sep 16, 2022

Eco-thrills: Zero-emission Yacht Tenders and Toys

Electric tenders are now a welcome addition to any environmentally savvy yacht.

By Miriam Cain

Enjoy old-fashioned thrills guilt-free while still protecting the environment, with Elite Traveler’s pick of the must-have tenders and accessories to carry on board your yacht — and the locations to explore ashore.

Candela Electric Tender

There is really no point investing time and effort in alternative propulsion and eco-design for your superyacht, only to arrive ashore in your gas-guzzling tender. Electric tenders are now a welcome addition to any environmentally savvy yacht; in fact, they have become such a popular choice for superyachts that build slots are at a premium. Silent to operate and emission-free, they also allow guests to explore cruising grounds like marine parks that are otherwise closed to polluting craft.

[See also: How Much Does it Actually Cost to Charter a Yacht?]

Despite these vessels requiring frequent charging and having relatively limited range, more and more owners recognize their benefits for short trips ashore and the ability to charge on board. A handful of leading manufacturers have their own electric models, including Candela. Made from 100% carbon fiber for weight saving and efficiency, the C-8 is the latest hydrofoil electric tender from the Swedish company.

One of the most popular electric models afloat, this 28-ft tender has a 50-nautical-mile range when cruising at 22 knots, and is capable of speeds of up to 30 knots flat out. Skimming on the surface, the hydrofoil also produces no wake, leaving the marine life you glide past in peace.

From $305,291, candela.com

Seabob underwater Scooter

If just diving to the depths doesn’t quite float your boat and you’d like to be more interactive, try the latest underwater scooter from Seabob. The new Black Line Design Edition is available in any of the Seabob models. For those seeking a real eco-thrill, the emission-free F5 SR Seabob has an electric stream power system for exploring underwater at speeds of up to 13 mph. With seven gears, two sport fins for precise maneuverability and two integrated cameras to capture the experience, the stylish Black Line Design will take your diving experience to the next level.

From $17,780 for the F5 SR with Black Line Design, seabob.com

The emission-free Seabob F5 SR features an electric stream power system / ©Seabob

U-Boat Worx Submersibles

A rich world of marine life awaits those who seek to brave the deep with U-Boat Worx non-polluting submersibles. Specifically designed to fit on board just about any size superyacht, U-Boat Worx’s NEMO2 is the latest addition to its smallest range. Just 5ft in height, the two-seater model fits into a storage space roughly the size of two jet skis and, like its sister ship, can reach depths of up to 330 ft. For those looking to explore even further, U-Boat Worx’s compact and versatile Super Yacht Sub 3 is relatively light and can carry up to three passengers to depths of 1,000 ft.

$1.05m including pilot training, uboatworx.com

U Boat Worx NEO2 is just 5ft in height / ©U boat

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Six Senses Ibiza

Located on the northern tip of the white isle, this is the first BREEAM-certified resort on the island. Tender (electric of course) ashore to enjoy the resort’s culinary program at HaSalon Ibiza and celebrate its commitment to fresh, seasonal, local produce. Suites from $1,200 per night. Contact reservationsibiza@sixsenses.com, +34 871 008 875, sixsenses.com

Six Senses Ibiza
Six Senses Ibiza / ©Six Senses

Costa Rica

The North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica features endless marine life and superb diving, while the Osa Peninsula possesses pristine rain forests and warm waters. Explore both beautiful locales as you cruise aboard the 76-ft catamaran Thunderbolt. From $63,163 per week for up to six guests. Contact +1 954 522 3344, northropandjohnson.com

[See also: Explorer Yachts with Their Own Land-roving Vehicles]

This article appears in the 05 Sep 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Fall 2022

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