Boat International T/T Lady Lola

Plans for the mothership had to be designed around this delicious boat, built in the owner's hometown. Amanda McCracken talks to Duane Hagadone about his favorite tender. Photography by Brad Hagadone.

It was a beautiful autumn day in Monaco when we first set eyes on the magnificent 62.6 metre motor yacht Lady Lola, and as regular readers of Boat International will know she featured in article_02-1our December 2002 issue. However, this isn't about the big boat, it is about a hidden treasure, although the two are more closely linked than you might think. As our tour of the yacht with owner Duane Hagadone came to a close, he asked if we would like to see the tender garage, with a note of pride in his voice. Raised on a specially padded cradle was our prize – a solid mahogany boat swathed in the softest blue leather and gleaming from head to toe. She was positioned alongside her sister tender, a Novurania 25, two 3.7 metre Bombadier jet skis and all manner of water toys.

article_02-2When the Hagadones began to design their new superyacht, one of the main criteria was that it carry on board a Stan-Craft tender made in their home town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. As the critical elements of Lady Lola were laid down, they included a massive garage on the lower deck that would hole the 10,000 lb Torpedo boat. Work then began on the design and engineering for the custom tender.

The brief was to build a boat that would be no more than 8.5 metres in length and be able to carry the Hagadones plus guests in complete safety, comfort and style. Speed and manouverability were also a priority and to achieve this two fresh water cooled 350 MPI Mercruisers each delivering 300 hp were chosen.

On completion her speed is around 44 knots and the boat has sound stability in ocean conditions. A fuel capacity of 360 litres with an electric fuel transfer system achieves good range. The engine compartment is fitted with a Fire-Boy Halon Auto Fire Extinguishing system and the helm is Teleflext Tilt steering with Mather's Micro Commander Dual Engine Controls for effortless control. A Vetus bow thruster generating approximately 25 kilograms of thrust makes sure tight spaces are not a problem.

For evenings of total relaxation the boat has all the amenities on board for cocktail cruising along the shoreline, including a drinks cabinet that draws out from beneath the dashboard. There is also an ice chest located in the cockpit floor for keeping those all important drinks cool. A large horseshoe shaped seat aft seats five guests in comfort, with swivel bucket-style seats for the skipper and mate.

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A clever custom-made fold-down windshield is assembled in the chrome-plated brass and allows a safer exit and entry from the lazarette. The cockpit is also equipped with heater outlets for chilly evenings and underwater lights are installed in the transom for viewing fish at night. A draught of 71.1 centimetres enables her to visith the shoalest areas and drop of guests.

Her stunning looks are attributed to planks of seductively smooth, 1.4 centimetre African mahogany planking finished with 15 coats of Epifanes Varnish from bow to stern – absolutely superb.