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Protector Offers a Unique Yacht Tender

PROTECTOR Jet Shown Here in Company Photo Release

PROTECTOR Jet Shown Here in Company Photo Release

Late last week, Protector USA announced the availability of a new, extremely unique, 20′ yacht tender (or ski boat, sailing coach/support boat?) called “Protector – the Jet.” The design marries the classic high-performance Protector RIB hull to a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO personal watercraft, which serves as the propulsion, control and main seating station.

Tiffany Shiebler, the company’s marketing director, says, with what is likely remarkable understatement, “This boat is fun to drive – fast, comfortable, dry and maneuverable. Powered by a personal watercraft instead of a traditional outboard with a propeller, our Jet is safe and functional in shallow water and around swimmers, skiers, kite-boarders and sailors.” 

Protector's Jet Show in Side View

Protector's Jet Show in Side View

“Fun to drive?”  I’ll bet it is.  And it strikes me as the perfect tender for expedition-oriented cruisers who would appreciate the shallow-water performance, the performance, maneuverability and rough-environment capabilities of the RIB shell. It’s weight and size put it at the top end of tenders for most non-crewed yachts but certainly within the realm of possibility. It’s not cheap, however, but it is built to last, with durable materials, construction and a 5-year hull warranty.

Here’s the rest of the Protector press release for you to read.  I want to hear from the whomever is the first to buy one!

Designed with shock-mitigating, chambered hypalon tubes and a solid, hand-laid fiberglass hull, the Jet offers smooth, secure high-speed handling in any sea condition. The ultra-spacious vessel has a 3-person cruiser seat and is equipped with optional rear seating to transport as many as six individuals.

Capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, the Jet features a supercharged Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO 1812cc, 4-cylinder, 4-stoke engine with electronic fuel injection. The watercraft is also equipped with a cruise-assist no wake mode, remote ignition transmitter, an adjustable tilt steering station, reverse mode with traction control technology, a 70 litre fuel tank, and dry storage capacity of up to 26-gallons.

The Jet weighs 1700 lbs., and has beam that is 7’6” when inflated and 6’ deflated. All PROTECTOR vessels feature five-chambered hypalon tubes; UV and petroleum resistant color options; rubber “sure foot” flooring; and are protected by a 5-year structural hull warranty. The Jet’s optional accessories include rear molded bin seats with storage, a stainless guardrail for bin seats, a single axle trailer with surge braking system, lifting points for hoist launching and LED running lights.

Pricing and Availability: Available now, PROTECTOR’s Jet is priced at US $58,750 and can be purchased directly from PROTECTOR USA. For more information on the Jet and accessory pricing, or to learn more about PROTECTOR and its entire line of performance boats, please visit the Protector USA website.

I’d like to hear from readers about their yacht tender solutions. Both boats and davits; and location for storage aboard your boat.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Gear & Apparel, Performance Powerboats, Powerboats