Toughest Tenders

Boston Whaler 370 Outrage
In addition to Intrepid, a select few boats are built strong enough to do the job of a megayacht tender. Boston Whaler 370 Outrage
Captains love it because it's built like every other Whaler; it won't sink. They also appreciate the ­portside dive door that opens inward, making it easier for guests to get on and off the yacht without climbing over gunwales.
Boston Whaler
Contender 39 Luxury Sport
Contender 39 Luxury Sport
The manufacturer has begun with this tournament-level fish boat and gentrified it with features that nonangling yacht guests will want, such as a full entertainment center, tables fore and aft, and reclining lounges. The hull can be stepped or straight-V.
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Pursuit Sport Tender 310
Pursuit Sport Tender 310
The ST 310 is a ­dedicated model for yacht service featuring heavier laminates, extra reinforcements, high-capacity bilge pumps with an alarm, separate electrical system for towing lights, larger deck drains, bigger cleats, thick vinyl rub rail and more.
Bill Doster
SeaVee 390 Luxury Edition
SeaVee 390 Luxury Edition
This is a center-console that looks fishy but is the perfect multi­tasking yacht tender for entertaining, shuttling guests or using as a support boat. There's plenty of room and seating with its 11-foot beam. Its deep-V hull and low center of gravity mean it tows well too.
SeaVee Boats
Toughest Tenders
Nose Jobs
Forget the puny bow eye used for trailering your boat. Big tenders use serious hardware. Typically there are two eyes, stacked one above the other. Each has a heavy 316 stainless-steel external mounting band bolted to a matching internal 1½-inch-thick backing plate. Builders hide the band under layers of glass, while aftermarket installations show it off like a big steel grin. The big name in this specialized field is Broward Machine (browardmachine​.com) of Dania, Florida, which works with builders and owners.
Toughest Tenders
Heavy-Duty Hardware
Custom-made and purpose-built: the keys to the tow line.