Perini Navi’s first motor yacht launch since the company’s rebranding, and its first ever planing motoryacht. The Eco-tender effectively a mini superyacht tailored to the requests of her experienced Perini Navi owners.
The project grew out of initial discussions with the owners for a bigger sailing boat. It emerged that the owners were very happy with their existing 52m Perini Navi sailing yacht. But their needs had evolved over the years and what they really wanted was not a bigger boat. But more flexible cabin space to accommodate single guests or children. As they prefer to anchor offshore, they also wanted to explore closer inshore in something more substantial than a conventional RIB.
The answer was a vessel with the same graceful looks, quality feel and luxurious comfort as the mother ship that could provide additional cabin space and be able to operate independently as an extension of the sailing yacht.
“The classic exterior styling of the Eco-tender shares the same family feeling. As Perini Navi’s historic sailing fleet, right down to the dark blue hull and red load line”. Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of Perini Navi adds. “But it is clearly no ordinary tender and represents a new breed of super-tender with amenities and technologies to match. As a boat designed and built with a yacht mentality that mirrors all the high-quality hallmarks of Perini Navi. This cutting-edge tender breaks new ground as the brand continues to refine its product range to meet the evolving demands of the market.”
4-mode hybrid propulsion
The innovations start with a sophisticated hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens, which provides four operational modes for maximum flexibility:
Diesel mode: twin MAN diesel engines (2x1213kW) power two Hamilton waterjets for a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots.
Hybrid mode: one engine drives its neighbouring waterjet and also serves as a generator for an e-motor to power the other waterjet.
Diesel-electric mode: a 130kW generator supplies electricity for two e-motors to drive the waterjets.
Zero-emission mode: for completely silent and emissions-free manoeuvring or limited cruising. Also a battery bank can power both waterjets via the e-motors at around 8 knots for up to a hour.
The Eco-tender and her sophisticated propulsion system will undergo thorough testing and sea trails before delivery to the owner in April.
Simultaneously, the hull of the SY 42m E-volution has touched the water for the first time in Perini Navi’s shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul. She will reach the Viareggio shipyard in a couple of weeks.