Compass Tenders have been building custom tenders since 2004, however, it was orders made for some of the most iconic superyachts in the industry between 2012 and 2019 which has seen the boat building and design team reach international acclaim.

Recent deliveries include: two tenders styled by Raymond Langton Design, two tenders for a Luca Dini Design, two 10m custom tenders for 110m MY Anna (Feadship – the yard’s largest superyacht to date), plus a semi-custom Latitude Limousine and an Open Tender for Oceanco’s 90m DreAMBoat.

Compass Tenders' 10.9m custom Limousine tender
The 10.9m Limousine for a 90m OceanCo

Particularly notable amongst Compass’ past constructions are the 11m limousine and 11m sport tender for Feadship’s 99m Madame Gu, an 11.6m limousine tender for Lurssen’s 91m Lady Lara, and four tenders for Lurssen’s 123m Al Lusail – including two 11.2m limousines.

The matching due of Madame Gu and her Compass limousine tender
11m Limousine tender for Madame Gu

Company Founder and CEO, Richard Faulkner, attributes the company’s success to its ability, and indeed flexibility, when it comes to working with other exterior designers and the exacting standards of their clients.

“We often work with the exterior stylist of the mother ship on the design of the tender. Ensuring that design characteristics of the larger superyacht are echoed in the tender, the result is a completely unique vessel that, quite literally, operates in perfect partnership. We pride ourselves in our versatility and capability to fulfil an owner’s requirements. In some cases, it’s a small fleet of tenders required to match various requirements, but our approach is the same – create a united aesthetic whilst ensuring optimum performance and usability.”

Compass encourages owners, captains and project managers to start thinking about their tender requirements at the earlier stages of the design process. By identifying in advance what space is available and type of craft that is going to be required, bespoke designs can be developed which can not only be stowed aboard with space optimised down to the millimetre, but be delivered without delay; ready to serve the owner on their first ventures out to sea.

Throughout the process, Compass work closely with the project manager to identify the necessary design elements and features, and will also liaise with the client’s yard team to ensure continuity of finish, quality and integration within the tender garages.

Compass Tenders built two 11.2m Limousine tenders for Al Lusail
Made to measure – the 11.2m Limousine tenders for 123m Al Lusail

Richard goes on to explain Compass Tender’s award-winning design process:

“Following the client’s initial enquiry, our highly skilled and experienced design team assesses the client’s requirements to identify the best starting point for design and styling.

The first decision to be made is to see if we can offer one of Compass Tenders’ existing ‘platform packages’ or if we should propose a fully custom solution.

Our clients expect to see fully rendered images of what we propose and, therefore, the next stage is to complete a 3D exterior design, and this is used to achieve the renderings. At this stage, we would ask for images of the mothership so that we can take the necessary styling cues and include them in the tender’s design.

Once an overall design and rendering package is achieved to our satisfaction, it goes to the client for review and comment, ready to move forward to the contract design stage.

It is also important to consider the engineering package and overall specification at this stage. At Compass Tenders, we work exceptionally hard to not just meet the requirements but exceed them – it is always better to over-deliver!”

Interior view of Al Lusail's 11.2m Compass Limousine
Interior view of an 11.2m Limousine, with an innovative open aft bulwark

Upon delivery, Compass provide their clients with a thorough handover procedure full training and familiarisation is offered to the crew. The company also boasts a robust aftercare service, attending to any warranty requirements and supporting the Captain with an on-going maintenance programme with technological and performance enhancements when appropriate.

The Compass Tenders shipyard and design offices are located on the River Hamble in the UK – perfectly positioned for sea trials on the Solent – and the workshops span in excess of 25,000 square feet, enabling the construction of several vessels side by side.

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