Hi-Tech Marine’s Oronero – the world's first convertible yacht tender
By Darren Quick
September 28, 2011
Yacht tenders are generally open top boats that leave their passengers exposed to the elements, but Alex Pirard Yacht Design has created a more civilized option. Laying claim to the title of the the first yacht tender in the world to feature a convertible and completely automatized hard-top, Pirard's Oronero is designed to ferry its passengers in style regardless of weather conditions.
The 12 meter (39.4 ft)-long, 3.8 meter (12.5 ft)-wide tender can travel at speeds of up to 25 knots and features two folding platforms - one in each side of the hull - to allow passengers to board and disembark the boat without the need to climb stairs.
To keep the weight of the tender to a minimum the Oronero's hull and hard-top are constructed completely from carbon fiber, which carries through to the interior where it is combined with oak and leather for that luxury ambiance.
The carbon fiber construction comes courtesy of European carbon fiber specialists, Carbon Dream. With experience in producing carbon fiber components for various industries, including automotive and aviation, Carbon Dream created the Hi-Tech Marine brand, which is responsible for the production of the Oronero.
The main deck is home to the cockpit complete with TV and a dinette, which can be converted into a solarium. Moving through to the interior deck reveals another dinette with another TV and a convertible bed, the kitchen, bathroom, toilet and shower. A 7,000 BTU air conditioner comes as standard to keep passengers cool, with a 16,000 BTU unit available as an optional extra.
The Oronero is powered by two 280 hp diesel hybrid engines and a 3 kW generator supported by rooftop solar panels to provide up to two hours of cruising at speeds of seven knots on electric power, or up to eight hours at speeds of 22 knots on diesel.
No word on price, but if you've already got a luxury yacht in need of a limousine tender price probably isn't a concern. Further information is available at the Carbon Dream website.