Lightweight and streamlined, the following six boats (ranging in price from $88,600 to $1.5 million) are under 50 feet and make for a chic way to get back and forth between a superyacht and the shore. But with each tender reaching upwards of 35 knots (approximately 40 mph), they are much better suited for a thrilling day of white-knuckled play.

Kifaru Baby 

Luca Dini, the designer of the Italian-built Kifaru Baby describes the open-class, 43-foot yacht as “a fighter plane without wings.” Presumably, he’s referring to the vessel’s lightweight construction (all aluminum), high performance (45-knot top speed), and streamlined design; the latter element is enhanced by several retractable features, including a six-place teak table on the foredeck that, when stowed away, is covered by a sun pad. A gangway expands hydraulically to nearly 4 feet long, and the teak swim platform at the stern is equipped with a full-height shower on a retractable pole. The Baby (priced at $650,000) debuted in September at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival, two months after Cantiere Navale Italia acquired the Kifaru brand, and serves as a perfect day cruiser or as a tender for a larger vessel.

Evo 43

Designed by the Italian naval engineer Valerio Rivellini and built by Italy’s Sea Engineering Group, the Evo 43 features a cockpit that expands near the stern. The expansion can be engaged through a smartphone or tablet app, to increase the deck space by 40 percent to 270 square feet. “We decided to put the expanding deck sections at the rear of the boat, rather than in the center,” says Rivellini. “After all, that’s where all the fun happens.” The deck does more than just expand. At the stern, a section rises up and out, providing a stairway to a high dock. The section also can drop into the water to serve as a swim platform with steps leading up to the deck. The Evo 43 (starting from about $600,000) sleeps four belowdecks. Its lightweight Kevlar-reinforced hull and two Volvo 600 engines with IPS drives help reach a top speed of 38 knots, and the IPS joystick controls enable precise maneuvers in tight quarters.

Invictus 280TT 

With its ability to accommodate eight passengers and reach a top speed of 38 knots, the Invictus 280TT can be used as transport to and from a larger yacht. But with a bathroom, a shower, and a dressing room belowdecks and a stove top, a refrigerator, and cabinets behind the helm, it can serve just as well as a day cruiser. The 280TT is 28 feet long, with a beam of just over 9 feet. A U-shaped settee sits at the bow, which has a semi-reverse design, and a sunbathing cushion covers the engine compartment, behind which is found the swim platform. The 280TT starting price of $88,680. 

Carbon Craft CC180

Adding 2 feet to its CC160 production model, Carbon Craft, a yacht-tender builder based in Tampa, Fla., recently completed an 18.5-foot custom model—the Carbon Craft CC180 (starting at $260,000) powered by a 295 hp diesel engine. The owners will need little time getting to and from their yacht: The engine is part of a jet-propulsion system that, combined with the vessel’s lightweight (2,800-pound) carbon-fiber construction, enables a top speed faster than 40 knots. The custom tender’s beam is a foot wider than that of the CC160 (starting at $165,000). The extra width and length enabled Carbon Craft to add a removable picnic table and increase the passenger capacity from nine to 10. 


It’s a runabout; it’s a catamaran; it’s a trimaran. The Kormaran is all of these and more. The 23-foot vessel can transform into six different configurations at the push of a button. Developed and built in Austria, the Kormaran made its official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2015. In hydrofoil form, it can reach a top speed of 38 knots and travel for 108 nautical miles without refueling. The Kormaran also has a more leisurely side: It can morph into an 11-foot-wide teak sundeck. The boat, which is made from carbon fiber, titanium, and stainless steel, is priced at about $1.5 million. The company has begun taking orders and expects to begin delivery this summer. 

Quintessence Yachts Aston Martin AM37

Introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2015, the Quintessence Yachts Aston Martin AM37 represents a collaboration between the newly established Dutch boatbuilding brand and the long-established British automaker. With input from Aston Martin, the boat was designed by Mulder Design, a Dutch firm for naval architecture, engineering, and design whose portfolio includes—in a coincidental connection to Aston Martin and its association with James Bond—the superyachts Octopussy, The World Is Not Enough, and Moonraker. Plans call for the AM37 to feature a high-tech composite hull, carbon-fiber structural components, an interactive voice-control system, and a high-definition touchscreen for controlling navigation and multimedia functions. Two variants of the boat will be offered: the standard AM37 (which Quintessence describes as “a gran turismo leisure powerboat”) that can reach speeds of about 44 knots, and the AM37S with a top speed of 52 knots. Quintessence Yachts plans to begin producing the boat this year, with pricing as yet to be announced.  

- Source: Robb Report