Known as the 54 Cabriolet, the new vessel is the third largest craft in the line-up and is designed to strike very much the same note as its ultra-stylish siblings. In fact, the in-house design is being described by Maori as “a distillation of the expertise the yard has accrued to date” so, as we’ve witnessed before, versatility and openness remain key to the way the boat functions.

Maori Yachts 54 Cabriolet

The 54 Cabriolet is the third largest of Maori's superyacht tenders.

Despite its considerable size, there is a clear and easy flow between the various on board spaces. From the open transom and aft sun-pad, you make your way forward, past the dinette with its hardtop protection, through the expansive helm and into a social area at the bow that is neatly sunken into the deck to improve the intimacy of the space. Up here, ahead of the helm, the incorporation of a convertible top, similar to that used on cabriolet cars, enables you to enjoy the protection of an enclosed salon during long passages; and if overnight accommodation is needed for weekends away from the mother ship, the space quickly becomes a cabin with the convertible banquettes as berths.

Since its foundation in 2007 at the hands of Oberdan Chimenti, Maori Yachts has always specialised in premium superyacht tenders – and having toured the world’s oceans as a superyacht Skipper, Chimenti’s understanding of the high-end tender market is plainly evident in this latest boat. While the job of shuttling guests between the primary yacht and the shore obviously requires a high degree of practicality, protection and security, the Maori 54 appears to go further. It has been conceived as a fast and versatile day cruiser in its own right and to that end, it brings with it a stepped hull and surface-piercing props, allied to a heads and galley area, plus a low transom for easy watersports. And the lateral glazing of the internal spaces, mirrored by glass inserts in the hull, enable those inside the sheltered spaces to maintain an authentic sense of interaction with the sea.

To find out more about Maori Yachts and its impressive take on the modern superyacht tender, visit Maori Yachts.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.