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View Poll Results: Would you purchase a 100% Aluminum Tender when it's time to replace your inflatable?
Yes, I would rather invest in a 100% Aluminum Dinghy over another inflatable. 5 26.32%
No, I love my inflatable. 14 73.68%
I want one...when will they be avaiable? 0 0%
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:27   #1
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FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

We are a full production manufacturer located in Florida. We have built a few of these 100% Aluminum Tender/Dinghies. They are a direct replacement for the inflatable dinghies. They will never need aired up! They will last a lifetime and will come with a lifetime guaranteed!

Is there a market for this type of dinghy in the US? We are thinking of putting them into production. We will offer in a 2.6M, 3.8M and 4.5M length and estimated retail cost would be around $6000/$8000/$10,000.

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Old 03-01-2017, 08:46   #2
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

Weights?
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:48   #3
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

For me between 9 and 10 feet is the ideal size. It would be very nice if you had the front part of the boat as a locker(deck) for gas and life jackets and it's a good place to put groceries on top so they don't get wet. Also a place for a third passenger. And a step up to the pontoons for boarding the mother ship.
The Pontoons should extend past the engine to use a larger outboard. most people want to plane.
PS do you sell that wrap around fender?
Also it should have oarlocks. And a seating arrangement to row.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:48   #4
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

Looks Great, but need more info.

What is the weight for each size?
2.6 M = 8.5 feet
3.8 M = 12.4 feet
4.5 M = 14.7 feet

Need side seating to be more comfy than bare aluminum.

Need side cushion to rap around stern, so as not to scrap the mother ship.
Collar System - 100% foam SAFE XDR-1 Extreme Duty Reinforced Collar System with black rubstrake

Picture of the bottom ?
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:49   #5
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

On our current boat (small) we have no space for this, but if we had a larger boat with davits and enough fordeck space to invert it for passages i'd be all over it.
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

My answer is no.
I donít want a dingy that scratches the mother ship, is heavy, paint doesnít adhere to well, leaves grey debris on everything (including your hands) etc. Not to mention that costs double.


I used to build bigger boats with that method and it ainít cheap to build either. Each chamber between welds was a separate chamber, each was pressure tested in construction. Still, there were occasionally ones that filled with water.
If you want to build aluminum dingys, build them similar to Safeboat with a hard foam collar around them for floatation and to keep from scratching up everything.
BTW, someone was already building those a few years back, not sure if they are still around, saw them at the boat show where we had boats on display.
The hypalon dingyís Iíve had rarely if ever needed air.

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Old 03-01-2017, 09:04   #7
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^^^ What Cheechako said.
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

Too pricey to begin with. Also difficult to stow as opposed to alum/hypolon dink.
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

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Too pricey to begin with.
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

Seems to have none of the benefits of an inflatable (high, dry and light) or the benefit of a conventional tender (rows well).
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

Sorry.. all weights are base boat with no options. They will come with full rail bumpers. It would stow just the same as your inflatable unless you are deflating your inflatable to stow. There will be plenty of options to upgrade from base model. Seats, lockers, etc. We are just looking to see if there is enough interest to justify production.

2.6 M = 8.5 feet = 60kg = 133lbs
3.8 M = 12.4 feet = 120kg = 265lbs
4.5 M = 14.7 feet = 170kg = 375lbs
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Sorry.. all weights are base boat with no options. They will come with full rail bumpers. It would stow just the same as your inflatable unless you are deflating your inflatable to stow. There will be plenty of options to upgrade from base model. Seats, lockers, etc. We are just looking to see if there is enough interest to justify production.

2.6 M = 8.5 feet = 60kg = 133lbs
3.8 M = 12.4 feet = 120kg = 265lbs
4.5 M = 14.7 feet = 170kg = 375lbs
Sorry, they will not stow "the same as your inflatable". An inflatable has soft sides and will sit snugly in davits or on an arch. A few ratchet straps and no movement. An all aluminum boat will have to be fendered everywhere to prevent hard spots. Ratcheting down an all alum dink might even dent it depending on the gauge of the metal. Another drawback will be the considerable weight difference between an inflatable and your alum dink.
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Re: FEEDBACK PLEASE 100% Aluminum Dinghy/Tender??

The crew on SV Delos has one. That seem to like it.
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2.6 M = 8.5 feet = 60kg = 133lbs
3.8 M = 12.4 feet = 120kg = 265lbs
4.5 M = 14.7 feet = 170kg = 375lbs

My HIGHFIELD CL340HYP is 11.5 foot and weights 134lbs.

These aluminum dinghy's would be to heavy for most cruisers that lift them on their davits.

Cruisers are looking for light weight for their davits and to drag them up on the beach 2ble handed with the wify.
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You would save a lot of weight if you built more of a aluminum box and wrapped it with a Collar System - 100% foam SAFE XDR-1 Extreme Duty Reinforced Collar System with black rubstrake.
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