An amphibious yacht vehicle – as you might have guessed – is a means of transport viable on land as well as on water. To find out more about the benefits of these amphibious vehicles, we spoke to Iguana Yachts, who have developed their tenders to perform both on land and on water. Discover how these tenders operate, and why they make a fine addition to any Superyacht…

Iguana tender
Photo credited to: Iguana Yachts

Iguana Yacht tenders are easy to use. The tracks on the hull allow crew to drive directly into, and out of the water on any type of terrain (mud, shingle, soft sand). Accessing remote spots is made easier, too, as it can take crew and charter guests to locations that aren’t as easy to reach normally.

Benefits For Superyacht Crew

Since Iguana tenders are used by various Superyachts across the world, such as M/Y Dubai, M/Y Lady Azul, and M/Y Spectre, there are clearly many plus points for a Superyacht owning an amphibious tender.

  • Safe journey: Crew can avoid any incidences that may occur on the pontoon, with a dinghy, or with a trailer.
  • Easy to store and maintain: Collaboration with a design team ensures that the tender has a garage and appropriate lifting point arrangement.
  • Easy beach set-ups: It provides an easy off-load for every bit of equipment, and food and drinks.
Iguana tender
Photo sourced from: Forbes

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Low Environmental Impact

The high-voltage batteries are for land driving, and the tender operates using clean power. There is also no paint degredation, no anti-fouling, and no anchor to tear through underwater ground.

The Iguana X100 is a great example of an amphibious tender. The stats are as follows:

  • Top speed: 45 kn
  • 31-foot (9.45-metre)
  • 16 pax
  • 3.4 m beam
  • Power: 600 HP

Take a look at the video below to see how amphibious tenders operate:

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