Rayglass, who manufacture the popular range of Protector RIB patrol craft and tenders in their Mt Wellington facility, have, over the last 10 years, supplied many Farr 40 owners with Rayglass 8.5m Cabin Protectors.
As many of those owners complete their move into the new, bigger, TP52 class they are also choosing to upgrade their tenders.
Other yacht racing teams and syndicates, such as Emirates Team New Zealand, have also joined the TP52 circuit and, they too, are choosing to use Protectors for their support craft.
"We have already supplied 6 Rayglass 11m Cabin Protectors to new Transpac 52 owners," says Tony Hembrow, Rayglass CEO "and we are in discussions with several others."
The larger Protectors, which are typically powered by twin 250hp outboards, are used for transporting equipment such as replacement sails as well as carrying the team's shore crew's and supporters.
The popularity of the Protector range as support boats for the TP52 yachts is helping to further expand the New Zealand-built Protector's reputation as the world's number one choice in patrol craft and tenders for both race syndicates and superyachts.