Convertible Tender

By Keith Henderson at October 06, 2011 05:15
Filed Under: General

Convertible automobiles have been around since the first days of motoring. When it rained, a hood was erected and on boats a similar canopy arrangement is common. The task of erecting a hood is fully automated in cars  - for the first time, such a luxury is offered on the Hi-tech Marine 38' - Oronero tender, presented during last month’s Monaco Boat Show.

Caption: Orenero, the worlds first yacht with a convertible and fully automated hard-top.
Image Credit: Alex Pirard Yacht Design

The design is a conception of Alex Pirard Yacht Design, Spain and is built by Hi-Tech Marin - Carbon Dream S.p.A., Italy a leading  carbon fiber constructor. Aimed principally at the megayacht tender market it offers an open boat for good weather yet converts into an air conditioned,  weatherproof cabin boat at the touch of a switch. As with modern convertible automobiles the hood is actually a folding hard top which retracts into a locker in the stern.

A further feature of the Orenero is a folding platform on either side, housed in the boat’s upper hull that extends to ease boarding or leaving in a safe manner, without using steps or a gangway.

The craft has a displacement of 12 tons, an LOA of 39.4 ft (12 m) and beam of 12.5 ft (3.8 m): hull and roof are made of carbon fiber.  A hybrid propulsion system comprising a Steyr 280 hp diesel with alternative electric drive. On diesel power a maximum of 25 kn is possible with a cruising speed of 22 kn: under electric power a speed of 7kn is attainable. Fuel capacity is sufficient for eight hours on diesel, on batteries two hours. In addition to the diesel’s 3 kW generator, solar panels on the coachroof  provide additional charging of the batteries.

Caption: Port side of Orenero showing extended platform, to ease boarding or leaving without using steps or a gangway.
Image Credit: Alex Pirard Yacht Design

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Innovative and state of the art

Capt Guru N Misra |     10/11/2011 6:06:51 PM #

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