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Hodgdon Shipbuilding in Maine has built a new kind of tender

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 Hodgdon Shipbuilding in Maine has built a new kind of tender. With an inside like a private jet, the company’s first limo tender was built for the 86m Oceanco M/Y Seven Seas and attended the show last year in service to the yacht. Once the show began, guests on the tender kept asking about it so a crew member started handing out Hodgdon’s business cards. Now, a year later, three more are under construction. The 10.5m vessel’s hardtop rises and lowers for easier access and a quieter ride. At the boarding area, the window descends into the side, allowing guests to disembark without hunching under something or climbing over something. The yard did not have its tender on display, so to see more, visit www.hodgdonyachts.com. The company also does new build sail and power up to 60m, interiors for other yachts including a 164-foot Trinity, and composite vessels for the U.S. Department of Defense. In that military project, Hodgdon has replaced an aluminum patrol boat with a composite one. It was designed in Australia to be dropped from a C-130 airplane and used by Navy Seals to conduct rescue operations. It operates like a personal watercraft. Yachts over 500 tons will soon need to carry rescue vessels, and the company thinks this one might work well in that capacity. “We’re looking at doing a SOLAS version,” said Ed Roberts, director of sales and marketing at Hodgdon. “It’s designed to be dropped out of a C-130 so it can fall from the third deck.”

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