About Offshore Cruising Tenders

Dry.  Light.  Stable.

A tender which fulfills most of your cruising needs, not just some.

About Offshore Cruising Tenders

The Project

During their 7 years circumnavigation Russell & Karin Carlyon realized none of the tenders available in the market provided all of the key aspects they felt were important for a good tender. Russell’s background as a competitive windsurfer and high performance board builder provided us with the confidence to utilize high tech materials to build a complex light weight structure that we were looking for. To complete the design brief Russell collaborated with his old business partner of 17 years, Kevin Trotter from Styrotech CNC. Together they digitalized Russell’s concept and CNC milled the plugs of the design.

If you would like to know more about the history of Styrotech and Russell’s journey as a windsurfer and composite builder please click here.

Our Ideals

At OCT we believe cruising tenders should be light enough to be pulled up above the high tide line easily by a cruising couple. Cruising tenders should be a dry, stable experience and the tenders we use every day should stand up to the task. For this reason manufacturers of all tenders should take cruiser’s safety seriously. Cruising tenders should have a full rubrail for protection and total flotation. We also believe that maintenance of cruising tenders should be done easily, with materials at hand, in any location on the planet and it should not cost the earth. The maintenance time on your tender should not surpass maintenance time on your main boat. But most of all we know it is possible to have a tender which fulfils most of our cruising needs, not just some. And that is exactly what we aim to do.

Meet the family


Russell Carlyon

Kiwi to the core, Russell has been a presence on the oceans since he left his family farm in the King Country with his family at the age of 9. Passionate windsurfer, kite surfer and all things windy, building his own boards and sailing have carved Russell’s destiny.


Karin Carlyon

Born in Brazil and raised in one of the biggest cities in the world (Sao Paulo), Karin moved in 2000 to NZ to learn English, but fell in love with New Zealand and its natural “uncitylike” lifestyle. During her travels she ended up in the Bay of Islands where her love affair with the water (and Kiwis) started.


Brisa & Ilha

Brisa (Portuguese for Breeze) lived on board of Moonwalker until she was 3 years old and has a huge passion for the life onboard and the ocean. Ilha (Island in Portuguese) is one ball of energy that loves seeing the world from every angle possible, upside down preferably. There is no bad weather with these girls!