BYD Delivers New Carbon-Fibre Linx 30 Superyacht Tender
BYD delivers speed, comfort, and efficiency with the new carbon-fibre Linx 30 superyacht tender. Innovative and feature-rich, BYD have yet again created another success in the superyacht sector.
BYD originally teamed up with BMComposites to develop the twin-hulled 9.48m tender specifically for the owner of a 63m expedition yacht. It is a limo for 10 guests, a sports boat and a beach lander all rolled into one, and has now been adapted as a semi-custom model under the Linx brand.
“The client was looking for a broad, open boat, with good stability and good performance and a limited weight,” explains Tià Simó, principal architect at BYD.
“It needed to beach land in comfort, and as well having an integrated WASSP system to scan the seabed for hazards in uncharted areas. And of course, the boat should fit comfortably into the tender garage of the mothership and be light enough to be lifted by the yacht’s cranes.”
BYD’s talented team carried the brief from concept sketches right through to production, using a computer-controlled CNC milling machine and 3D printing. The hull is a technical masterpiece infused in super lightweight carbon fibre by BMC.
It displaces 3.5t, including 430lt of diesel–enough to cover 130 nautical miles at its 25-knot cruising speed. Appropriately enough for this full-service design office, it was a challenging brief which called on many different capabilities.
“This full project has been a challenge. It required incredible attention to detail, meeting the needs of a professional crew, and simplifying the mechanisms as much as possible to reduce maintenance. Everything had to be contained in an integrated package, beautifully styled, with fully ergonomic design.”
No matter where you cast your eyes, the Linx 30's main selling point is its fine attention to detail. Owners will come to discover that the hardtop and windscreen fold down for easier stowage, for instance, while the beach landing ramp also does service as a bathing platform. There is an elegant integrated bimini and flexible lounging and relaxation space for guests. Servicing has been simplified to ensure the engines and waterjet drives have ample all-round access. Lifting points fold down flush, and there is a discrete marine heads on board.
But that's not all. Guests can unwind in the Linx 30's comfort and stability with the knowledge that its advanced carbon composite design and impressive use of foils ultimately slash fuel consumption. By reducing drag, the foils improve seakeeping and give up to 40% more speed for the same power and fuel consumption – a simple must-have for any modern day toy or tender.
The Hydrofoil Supported Planing Catamaran hull technology uses a large, fixed foil between the two hulls, and two trim tabs right aft. It doesn’t raise the hull out of the water, but provides enough lift to deliver major benefits.
The twin 250hp Yanmar engines are capable of propelling the boat above 40 knots, but represent a much smaller, lighter drivetrain than would be necessary to achieve the same speed on a conventional tender. By speccing Hamilton jets and Yanmar diesel engines, BYD has also obviated the need to bunker explosive petrol on the mothership.
Linx 30 owners can choose from outboard engines, stern drive or waterjets, as well as speccing layouts, additional equipment and finish.
With further models already under development at BYD, Linx looks as if it may be ready to disrupt the tender market, offering a groundbreaking line-up of incredibly efficient, eco-conscious, capable craft.
"This full project has been a challenge. It required incredible attention to detail, meeting the needs of a professional crew, and simplifying the mechanisms as much as possible to reduce maintenance. Everything had to be contained in an integrated package, beautifully styled, with fully ergonomic design."