CANNES – Qnautic Tenders and Yachts’ trek to luxury yachting has a footslog. Since its founding in 1935, and across 4 generations, it has built sail boats, freighters, tankers, dredgers, super freezer trawlers, tugs and fast crew transport boats.
At the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival, the Dutch builder showed how it has leveraged its boat building DNA giving its high-end, Q39 rigid inflatable boat a world premiere at the Cannes boat show.
The company says it “sets new standards in the high-end RIB market …with excellent properties in terms of speed, safety, comfort, quality, luxury and detailing.” The Q29, it adds, is a craft “thought through to the max.” The Q39’s world premiere takes Qnautic into the highly competitive segment of luxury RIBs, chase boats, tenders and luxury day boats, a segment packed with Dutch manufacturers.
At Cannes, Qnautic stressed the safety and quality of the 39ft (12m) Q39. It said the craft doesn’t float on its tubes, but on a deep, offshore V-hull and a high, inside freeboard to minimize chances of passengers falling overboard in rough seas or in sharp corners.
Qnautic gave its CE-A Ocean-rated RIB a T-top, safety belts, shock-absorbing seats and a strong hull. The Q39 comes with 3 400HP Triple Mercury Racing Verado engines that achieve a top speed of 55 to 60 knots. Its tubes are mounted higher than seen elsewhere in the boatbuilding industry
The Q39 is based on a GRP monohull crew boat used to ferry up to 12 people to and from offshore wind farms. It is a design pioneered by the Norwegian coast guard.