Two leading Australian boat manufacturers are showing that collaboration, not competition, can
help improve business opportunities in tight market conditions.
Tasmanian custom tender manufacturer, Van Diemen Luxury Craft (VDLC) have partnered with
Steber International, renowned NSW fibreglass boat manufacturer, to build an 11 mtr tender for an
Due for delivery in early 2016, the vessel will feature seating for 12 guests and two crew in airconditioned
cabin comfort when in limousine mode.
Steber general manager, Alan Steber said the proven hull design was a key factor in gaining the
contract, as the client was looking for the added safety and security of a vessel to survey.
The Van Diemen designed vessel will feature gyroscopic stabilisation and active ride control with
cabin noise and vibration kept to a minimum with a twin V8 inboard v-drive configuration. A rear
folding transom will provide ease of boarding for clients.
Van Diemen’s patented roof and window system will be a highlight, the system allowing the vessel
to transform from a limousine to an open boat in under 30 seconds.
The tender will be the latest in the VDLC range of custom convertible limousine tenders, all of
which feature the patented roof and window system. Vessels range between 18-40 ft with potential
to develop larger designs if desired.
The patented convertible roof and window system is a signature feature which allows the vessel to
adapt to all weather conditions.
Steber International have been manufacturing a range of commercial and recreational vessels for
almost 70 years, including exports to over 12 countries through Asia and the Middle East.
The sturdy but flexible designs have proven popular with various governments and government
departments for a diverse range of marine patrol, rescue and surveillance roles.
“It is truly pleasing that in a testing period for manufacturers, two of Australia’s leading boat
builders can collaborate on such an exciting project”, Mr Steber concluded.