Transom garage on large yachts

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September 10th, 2009
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This is an idea that has grown in popularity with the on-land recreational vehicle world. Toy hauler pull trailers and motorhomes are very popular. The “mini-garage” at the back of a 5th wheel trailer or motorhome can be used to bring along the 4-wheeler, motorcycle, dune buggy, scooter, snowmobile or bicycle.

transom garageOn a yacht the transom garage can store the tender or wave runners.  Transom garages are almost a required amenity on large yachts. Depending on the size, large yachts will have transom garages big enough for a good sized tender, a dingy, jet skis or a combination of these. On yachts will multi-levels the transom garage entry will often have an access door that hydraulically opens to provide a launch ramp for the enclosed equipment.

To give you an idea of the level here is a description of the transom garage of the charter yacht Silver Dream (formerly the Slipstream): “Garage: The curved transom of Slipstream opens by twin internal pneumatic sliding doors to reveal two Novurania high speed tenders. With these launched the spacious garage converts to a health center with three exercise machines. polished teak flooring, a dedicated sound system and full airconditioning adds to the attraction of on-board fitness.” And here is a listing of the onboard toys: “18′ Castoldi water jet RIB 125hp engine, 15′ Castoldi water jet RIB with 125hp engine, 2 x SeaDoo XP 130hp Waverunners (2 man)”.

Yacht designers do a nice job of hiding the transom garage when it is not open. When you see pictures of the super yachts you can be sure they have a transom garage, but try to spot where it opens. This photo is a close up that allows you to see the outline of the opening:

An interesting twist on large yacht transom garages was highlighted in an article from Yachting Magazine. To appeal to the different tastes of European yacht buyers, yacht builder Lazzara Yachts offer an option to convert the transom garage on their Lazzar 74 yacht into a crew quarters with bunks for two, a head and direct access into the engine room. To provide a space for the tender, the option has a wider transom platform that can be hydraulically submersed for tender launch and recovery. Lazzara also has an option to turn the transom garage into a beach. Check out this video on YouTube.

Besides being close to standard features on $1 million plus yachts, it appears that transom garages are becoming available on smaller, more affordable yachts and power boats. I found this picture of a transom garage on a smaller power boat. I was unable to find the make and model of the boat, but I am sure you can think of all of the different items to store there!

Smaller transom garage

Smaller transom garage

Source: Yachting Magazine

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