28 June 2017, Sarasota, Florida: Zephyr—Hull #2 in the new line of Ocean 1 Yacht Tenders—proved its mettle in Bermuda during the America’s Cup festivities and sideline sailing events these past few weeks. Tender to the 169-foot (52-meter) Royal Huisman sailing yacht, Meteor, this innovative 36-foot RIB was just the ticket for ferrying 25-30 guests and crew from venue to venue.
Newly minted as a custom tender, Zephyr was engaged in active service six-eight hours a day, handling the owner’s program beautifully. During this hectic three-week time frame, Zephyr accrued 180 hours on the engines—more than some tenders average in a year.
“Zephyr proved extremely efficient as she was able to carry the entire 27-member race crew at one time back and forth from the mothership for the Superyacht Regatta,” says Dean Maggio, captain of Meteor. “Oftentimes, we had a full complement of passengers aboard and still managed to achieve speeds of 47-49 mph!”
“There was so much activity going on in Bermuda.” adds Maggio, “Regardless, there was still a lot of head turning when our tender passed by—captains, in particular, loved it.”
A true workhorse, an Ocean 1 custom tender is created to maintain grace under pressure by offering a smooth fast ride in all conditions. Her deep-V hull enables her to cut easily through waves, even in the choppiest of waters. Styled for maximum volume, elegant appeal and a generous amount of seating, she is also designed with particularly high bulwarks to keep her passengers dry.
“I have been yachting all my life and have had plenty of tenders, but none quite like this one. Zephyr has exceeded my expectations. It carries plenty of people, offers a comfortable dry ride and flies like the devil…,” says Dan Meyers, owner of S/Y Meteor.
In Bermuda, Zephyr was in good company with America’s Cup catamarans, J-Class sailing yachts, superyachts of every description, and myriad runabouts and small boats. Zephyr did her job and made an impact. A deal was struck for Hull #5. This is just the beginning of a whole new class of custom yacht tenders in the marketplace.
About Ocean 1 Yacht Tenders
Ocean 1 yacht tenders are designed and built with a passion for perfection and performance. Founded by Captain Dean Maggio, Ocean 1 incorporates superior attention to detail to develop the perfect combination of style, ergonomics and practicality. The hull design is aesthetically pleasing without compromising seaworthiness and performance. The result is a platform that is truly versatile and suitable for all purposes. Ocean 1 yacht tenders are unmatched in engineering, design, and price. Using intelligent engineering, resin infusion with sandwich core construction, Ocean 1 custom tenders are lighter, stronger and more efficient than anything on the market today. The proprietary hull design was originally developed for the rigorous sport tournament fishing market thus making it ideal for virtually any open water capacity.