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Big things come in small packages and this tender can fill the bill.

The most prestigious yachts deserve an equally luxurious tender. Argos Nautic introduces its exclusive 305 model, created by renowned designer Patrizio Facheris. It sets the standard in quality, performance and status in rigid inflatable boats.

At 10′, the 305 Yachting Tender is designed to fit in tight spaces. Thanks to its unique hull design that elevates the tubes from the water, it planes in three seconds. This structure also reduces friction and improves navigation. Small but powerful, the 305 can accept up to a 40 hp outboard motor, reach speeds up to 36 mph and carry four passengers.

Exceeding owner expectations, Argos Nautic spares no expense when it comes to the details. The center console layout provides ample leg room, and features an Isotta steering wheel with premium leather option. UFlex Tilt Steering provides easy and smooth control. This is complemented by stainless steel push switches and teak flooring. Custom Italian cleats and fittings add even more elegance to this small vessel.

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Argos Nautic’s 305 Tender offers crisp styling and an ample list of high quality features.

A Fusion sound system means the entertainment never has to stop once leaving the yacht. Ample storage compartments enable users to bring their belongings without crowding the seating. In addition to a spacious bow locker, the 305 makes clever use of space beneath the console seat with a removable fiberglass bin.

The 305 is highly durable while still emphasizing an attractive appearance. Its hand-laid fiberglass and composite construction incorporates a textured Orca Hypalon inflatable collar. Argos Nautic utilizes the thickest Hypalon available on the market for its tubes. Dependable, long-lasting LED navigation and courtesy lights add safety. The dual layer, cross-linked polyethylene nylon fuel tank has a 10-gallon capacity for leisurely shoreside excursions.

Argos Nautic’s new 305 Yachting Tender holds USCG approval.

Contact Argos Nautic, 1572 NW 165th St., Miami, FL 33169. 786-520-4700.

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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Dock Buzz


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2014 ShowBoats Design Award For Superyacht Tenders

An iconic Maine-based builder wins a well-deserved award.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

If you’re an anything–that-floats watcher as I am, you’ve certainly seen your share of dreamboats underway, at anchor, or tied up in a dock or along side a pier. One of my favorite sightings is when, in my humble opinion, the beautiful, green-hulled, Feadship-built Sea Owl comes into view.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece. Photo Credit: Kees Torn

So, it was not too much of a surprise to this nautical scribe that the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards in the superyacht tenders category is Fledgling, the Hodgdon Yachts-built, Andrew Winch designed tender to Sea Owl.

Sea Owl, launched in 2013, is designed by Winch in collaboration with De Voogt Ship Design. She is 203’/62m in length, has a beam of 40’03”/12.20m, draws 12’4”/3.7m, and is powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M53R diesel engines.

Ed Roberts, Hodgdon’s Director of Sales & Marketing commented, “Hodgdon Yachts, and its in-house engineering team, is proud to share the limelight with winner Andrew Winch Designs in receiving the coveted Showboats Design Award for the best Limo Tender.” Observations were also made as to how the tender’s design emulated that of Sea Owl’s beautiful lines.

Due to weight requirements necessary for use aboard Sea Owl, Hodgdon took special care in the Fledgling’s engineering and construction using infused epoxy carbon fiber, ensuring a strong, solid build.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

The tender features the exceptional craftsmanship and sophisticated systems engineering that Hodgdon is so well-known for. Outside, a defining characteristic of the Winch design is a well-executed compound curve teak clad transom. Inside, guests are greeted with teak wood finish, separate head and washroom, and luxurious leather seating for eight. Systems highlights include NEMA 2000 systems integrated iPad in the salon, electrically retracting glass moon roof, electrically retracting glass aft bulkhead, hydraulically lifting roof, and lithium-ion smart battery system among many more items.

Comments by the judges included not only wanting to own such a vessel but that, on its own, it would make a wonderful day boat as well. Air conditioning and charging and docking stations for phones and iPads are a nice touch, as is the 40-knots top speed.

LOA: 27’10″+/8.5m
LWL: 24’6’+/7.49m
BEAM: 9’0″/2.75m
DRAFT: Drive up: 1’7″+/0.5m; Drive down: 3’3″/1.0m
DISPLACEMENT: 101,191 lbs/4,590kg
POWER: Volvo D6/400-hp DuoProp Outdrive
CAPACITY: 8 guests/2 crew

Further information on the Hodgdon custom tenders, including video, can be found at or at


ABOUT HODGDON: Having started in 1816 during the era of clipper ships, Hodgdon is America’s oldest boat builder. Still family owned, today this East Boothbay, Maine company has evolved into a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. The company’s divisions include high-end superyacht interiors (up to 80M), custom sail and power yacht construction (up to 60M), defense contracting and custom superyacht tenders. The company currently employs over 150 employees, most of whom are skilled and highly skilled labor. Hodgdon is a fifth generation family run company still in the heart of Maine’s famed Boothbay Region

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Dock Buzz


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