23 NOVEMBER 2020

For years, the superyacht tender was just a commodity that had to settle for a place in the shadows and the yacht was the star that got all the attention. But times are changing, and the tender market has significantly grown and professionalised. How can we explain this golden age of tenders? And what challenges do these vessels present for builders and crew?

Stefan Zucker, founder of Zucker & Partner, talks about the safety and insurance challenges with bigger tenders and chase boats. Zucker is joined by Dries Wajer, managing director of Wajer Yachts, one of the most successful builders of day and chase boats. They are joined by co-founder of Tenderworks, Ernest Menten, who shares his thoughts on the relatively new trend of custom tender building.


Stefan Zucker

Founder of Zucker & Partner

Since its foundation in 1990 by Stefan Zucker, Hamburg-based Zucker & Partner GmbH has developed into a global firm for surveyance, project management and consultancy in the yacht industry. Zucker has witnessed a growing demand for bigger tenders and chase boats that come with new safety challenges.



Dries Wajer

Managing Director at Wajer Yachts

Dries Wajer joined the shipyard founded by his father Dorus in 2010. Since then they have further developed the Wajer models and launched highly successful day and chase boats. Today, Wajer stands for outstanding Dutch design, the best sailing characteristics and advanced service programmes.



Ernest Menten

Founder of Tenderworks

Born out of his passion for yachting, entrepreneur Ernest Menten co-founded the boutique tender building company Tenderworks. Based in the Netherlands and partnering with professionals from around the world in design, engineering and construction, Tenderworks builds exclusive and genuinely bespoke tenders and chase boats in state-of-the-art facilities.