Eco-thrills: Zero-emission Yacht Tenders and Toys

Eco-thrills: Zero-emission Yacht Tenders and Toys

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.

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.

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.

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