Tenders

Williams Jet Tenders Revs Its Engines

1 November 2020By Laura Shaughnessy
Courtesy of Williams Jet Tenders

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Laura Shaughnessy

Laura Shaughnessy has been the managing editor at Dockwalk since February 2018. Having grown up among the cornfields, she is ecstatic to be among the boats in the yachting capital of the world. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in journalism, 15 years of experience with newspapers, magazines, and the online world, Laura has joined a great crew. When not writing about superyacht crew, she’s hanging out with her husband and their German Shepherd, working on house projects, or binging on Netflix.

In September 2020, Williams Jet Tenders announced new plans for its Sportjet range. Three models are now being fitted with the latest high-performance BRP engine, and there’s a new stylish look in the works for their larger models in the range.

In terms of what sets Williams apart from similar products and companies in the market, Mathew Hornsby, sales director at Williams, told Dockwalk the following: “The key difference is the majority of available tenders in the 4.5- to 5.5-meter size bracket are typically outboard powered, we are the only manufacturer offering a dedicated, lightweight jet tender in this size. Allowing yacht owners in the 70- to 90-foot bracket to either choose a lighter weight petrol tender or the slightly heavier diesel variant.”

Specifically, the Sportjet 435, 460, and 520 will be fitted with the latest BRP Rotax 1603 ACE engines — this were upgraded from 1503 BRP Rotax. Among the new features will be improved mid-range torque, better idle stability, and increased fuel economy. The Sportjet 435 — 130hp and 460 — 170hp became available in October 2020 while the Sportjet 520 — 200hp becomes available next September.

“The facelift/development on these models happened due to a new engine becoming available from BRP, so we took the opportunity to also bring the exterior design in line with the rest of the Sportjet range,” Hornsby says.

This column is taken from the November 2020 issue of Dockwalk.

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