on 20 Apr 2023
At 7.5 metres long, and with a cruising speed of 30 knots, the second Wooden Boats Limo Tender 27 is totally customised to satisfy the owner's requests
Wooden Boats and its founder Marco Arnaboldi, pride themselves on being part of a small circle of nautical designers that do not do ‘normal’. From 60-metre superyachts “flying” at 50 knots to creating a tender whose name, Limo (short for Limousine), defines its exclusive nature, the yacht builder always aims to amaze with boats that have solidity and cutting-edge technological solutions.
When the first Limo Tender 27 was built in 2020, the idea was to create a model that a particularly demanding owner would be interested in, one destined to become a unique item. It remained unique but, only two years later, the yacht builder has created a new rendition, the newly launched 7.5 metre Limo Tender 27, which is ready to join a 52-metre Sanlorenzo and compete with it in terms of exclusivity and technology.
“This second Limo Tender 27 shares with the first only the hull lines and the construction technology,” says Arnaboldi. “Everything else is totally customised to meet the requests of an owner who had very clear ideas and who received from us equally precise answers, down to the smallest detail. So speaking of a second model is not in fact accurate: each Limo Tender 27 is born with its own distinct personality, to best adapt to the owner’s requests and, consequently, to the style of the yacht it will be stowed in.”
The 2.55-metre wide hull is extremely light but strong, with extensive use of carbon fibre – a consolidated practice of Wooden Boats – to ensure an unbeatable weight/strength ratio. The bridge is in the bow, which leaves ample space to accommodate 12 guests, who will be able to appreciate all the comforts on board. At the stern, the transom can be folded down to create a small swim platform equipped with a ladder for climbing out of the sea, ensuring that the Limo Tender 27 is an ideal boat not only for transfers from the mother yacht but also as a welcoming day cruiser.
The vessel’s class B certification confirms that safety has also been duly taken into account and, therefore, “flying” at 37 knots (the maximum speed reached in the first tests) will be all fun and no risk. The recommended cruising speed is around 30 knots, clearly above average, thanks also to the generous thrust of a 270 hp Mercury Diesel engine with stern drive.
“Everything was created in the Wooden Boats shipyard according to the owner’s requests, from the construction of the hull to the interior furnishings, up to the individual armrests of the seats, obviously based on our original designs,” says Arnaboldi. “Compared to the first Limo Tender 27, here the owner wanted a rigid and non-removable deckhouse, therefore a 12V air conditioning system and a sliding sunroof were provided.”
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