Built by Vaudrey Miller Yachts, a New Zealand-based outfit and designed by Dobroserdov Design, the Monaco-based design house, this 8.5-metre amphibious boat is a bespoke creation that blurs the boundaries between a tender and a sportscar. Dubbed the GT Tender, the vessel was initially being built by Vaudrey Miller who unfortunately underwent an insolvency in the latter half of 2011 after which NZ Tenders finished the project. Sergei Dobroserdov, the studio director of Dobroserdov Design explains that the genre of the modern-age sports car was the inspiration behind the tender’s exterior styling though in the absence of specific car model being specified by the client, the tender was simply given the GT moniker.
The vessel is created in the same vein as an amphibious vehicle though the client intends it to primarily serve as a superyacht rather than a road going vehicle. Instead of trying to make the tender road-friendly, the design studio simply gave it the mechanisms to allow it to be able to get out of the water by itself without the help of special aids which would make it very suitable for places like Como lake, Saint Tropez or Monaco that have a rich yachting culture. Thus, the 8.5 meter long tender was given the necessary mechanisms to allow it to climb 15-degree boat ramps and travel at six mph speeds when on shore though its in-water performance has been given preference with an impressive maximum speed of 35 knots on the water.
The 6-seater custom boat was fashioned out of an epoxy resin and carbon composite structure and comprises of many sports car like features like recessed tail-lights at the stern, a foredeck flanked by low and high beam headlights on either side as well as silhouettes that are characteristic of a sports car. The GT Tender is powered by a 2204T Kohler air-cooled DKW engine on land and a Volvo DPH duoprop-connected 370ph single D6 Volvo engine which gives the tender a 200nm range. Set to be exhibited in September at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, the GT Tender would retail in the euro 700,000 range.