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Aksano F-16

Aksano Catamarans recently introduced the F-16 to its model line of small, fast and fuel-efficient watercraft that function as yacht tender or performance boat.

The F-16 is a 16-foot tender putting it between the company’s F-3 and F-18 sportboats.

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The proprietary “vee” center hull on the F-16 has a full catamaran hull design with triple laminar, according to the manufacturer. It has foam flotation in four compartments, two in the bow and two in the stern, making it a safe and reliable boat that can be offered as a yacht tender, according to Aksano. Weighing in at 1,500 pounds with engine, a yacht would require a sturdy modern davit system to support this tender.

The F-16 sports a duel console with performance steering, supplemented with storage beneath the consoles, and a center hull ski locker. This tender can double as a sportboat with the capability of hauling a water-skier behind it.

“This is unusual from a boatbuilder’s standpoint, yes, but the reason you have gotten a boat to begin with is to be able to do other things a big boat cannot offer, such as water sports, salmon fishing, or take a speed run to a new cove,” says Oz Aksan, CEO of Aksano. “This is not possible with a small inflatable tender.”

The F-16 has a 15-gallon fuel tank.

“Using the Honda 90-hp engine, the Aksano F-16 achieved nearly 50 mph on its first try,” says Honda district sales manager Mike Connors. Connors says that at top speed the cat-tender achieved 9 miles per gallon.

Pricing for the tender, paired with the 90-hp Honda engine runs at $26,750.

This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.