Published on: 15 July 2021Williams Jet Tenders is set to offer its Dieseljet 505 and 565 as fully certified SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) rescue tenders from October this year.
Due to the flexible design and engineering, Williams has been able to tailor its tenders to suit the most stringent requirements for a SOLAS tender. This means owners will be able to opt for a rescue tender that not only looks superb on the water but has all the capabilities required of SOLAS rescue boats, including being capable of marshalling and towing life rafts, and acting as a man-over-board recovery boat.
This opens up more opportunities for yachts looking for a luxury tender that is perfect for guest transportation and fast-paced water sports and that can also be customised to match the look and name of the mothership. Powered by high performance Yanmar engines, the Williams Dieseljet range is already demanded by many superyacht owners across the globe, but this approval allows owners over 500 grand tourer (GT) to be able to opt for a Williams tender that can do it all – rescue missions, transportation, and day-to-day operations. It also helps limit the number of tenders required on board.
Mathew Hornsby, Sales Director at Williams Jet Tenders, said: “The role and appearance of SOLAS tenders has changed dramatically over the years and we have had many discussions with captains and crew about obtaining SOLAS approval. We are absolutely delighted to be working towards meeting these guidelines with our Dieseljets and are hoping to expand this across further models too.”
The SOLAS regulations affect many aspects of the tender build and quality control, including recording factory temperatures at all stages. The tenders also have to undergo a series of tests including a 3m drop test, self-righting and overload lifting, as well as endurance and heavy weather trial to gain approval.
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