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Old 25-11-2018, 02:24   #1
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Tenders- what do you use?

For those who cruise the Caribbean, what do you find necessary in the way of a tender?
I've been looking at getting a 2.9m alu-hulled RIB with Hypalon tubes, and an electric start 9.8hp outboard. That's going to cost a heck of a lot though.

At the other end of the scale, I could build a plywood tender that rows well, and if feeling lazy use my existing 3.5hp 2 stroke on it. Total cost: about 3% of the cost of the RIB/9.8 package! And I wouldn't worry too much about it getting stolen either

I'm sure people will be using all sorts of different tenders- what works for you?
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

I am not in the carribean, but I got myself a highfield 310cl with alu bottom and a 9,9 4 stroke a few years back. And I really love that boat. But it is back in Norway.
I have a sailboat in the Canaries with a honwave tender with grp bottom, and honda 10hp. But that honwave does not even come close to the highfield. So I am wondering how to get my Highfield down to the Canaries. Because, that highfield was not cheap.... But it is well worth the price.
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Old 25-11-2018, 03:04   #3
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

You have 2 options :
Spent a heck of money for an aluminium rib and a big outboard and then spent most of your vecation worried about leaks , sharp pontoons , outboard thief .
Spent less.money build one from fiberglass on a lightweight unsinkable construction , or even plywood which I don't recommend , use your cheap low horse power outboard (mine was 2.5 now is broken ) and enjoy your vecation worry free .
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

I'm in the Med but it depends on what kind of boat you have and where you like to anchor/berth.... We have a deep draft sailboat and like privacy, so often we want to or have to anchor a ways away from anything. So we have a 3.3 meter all aluminum RIB-style with 20 horses on the back to make a kilometer or 2 commute feel like nothing. But if you can get close in the shallows with your boat, a rowboat will do fine. Now where's that string so I can go measure it....
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

In August some low life nicked my 8ft GRP pram dinghy which I used to row out to the yacht on its mooring. So I am using an old 2.7m inflatable flat bottomed dinghy. Doesn't row anything like the pram dinghy, it is quite slow and much harder to row. I now really miss that little dinghy and have my eye out around the harbour and free ads. Previously I used the Johnson 3.5hp outboard the pram went really well and would just plane with one person.

If the club can't offer me a pontoon in the next couple of years then I will build a plywood stacking dinghy instead. The yachts forward baby stay makes storing a hard dinghy difficult on the bow. Oh am I can climb back on board with the little outboard in one hand. We did have a 8hp mariner, but faffing around in a wobbly dinghy trying to lift it on board was a pain.

How were you thinking of storing the dinghy and engine on a Deb 33?

WE have just bought an Avon Redcrest so I made some boards for the floor. Stows deflated in front of the mast and tied to the hand rails. Not sure if the Avon will work for us but at £60 worth a try with a little Honda 2.3hp we also recently acquired.

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How were you thinking of storing the dinghy and engine on a Deb 33?

On the current boat, an inflatable is really the only sensible option (we currently use a Redcrest, and occasionally a 3.5hp ob).

However our long term plans would almost certainly involve a different (bigger) boat, and one of the attractions of this is the ability to carry a rigid dinghy or RIB.

We're also seeing some boats on the market that are already equipped with tenders, and wondering how much value to attach to that.
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

When we were there we had an old, decrepit fiberglass dinghy with an old small outboard. Cheap, little risk of it gotten stolen, could be rowed, and worked nicely.

Now, we carry a simple roll-up inflatable with a 2.5 hp engine. quick to inflate, easy to carry, we can stow it in the lazarette, and it is light, good for sailing performance.

Had a number of different dinghies, none is perfect.
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

Before you decide, you might want to consider everything you want to do with it. And of course, what you csn safely stow/carry.

We've lived aboard for 4 years now in the Med and are heading to the Caribbean next year. I personally can't imagine cruising without an inflatable that can comfortably plane.

Planing because we use it to go exploring a lot. We don't think twice about doing a 2 or 5 mile run to get freash bread or even an icecream, not to mention getting out to a reef to go snorkeling, fishing or diving, or up a river....

Rib because when you get hit by a squal in a seaway, being very stable and unsinkable is much safer!!

But if all you ever do is go 200 meters to shore, nothing prettier than a nicely varnished hand made rowing skiff!

We had a Carib FRP rib and now a Highfield. Bith were great, the aluminum Highfield is by far my favourite.
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

Go on, you want one of these don't you.

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Go on, you want one of these don't you.

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Spray paint your outboard orange or some other bright colour.
Makes stealing the dink less attractive

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I think you answered your own question plus rowing keeps you fit.and burns calories so you can drink more of that cheap rum without gaining weight.
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Go on, you want one of these don't you.

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Perfect but where is the mast?
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

It might be overkill but my Irwin 46’ came with a Zodiac RIB side console and 30 hp Nissan 2 stroke. It’s comfortable and oh it’s fast...
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Re: Tenders- what do you use?

Portabote.

Rows well. Is fairly light (I haul it on board without any tackle). Is very tough, so no worries beaching. And stores folded on board, out of the way.

Moves well with a small engine. I use a 3.5 hp engine with my 10’ bote. It easily planes with one person in it and gear. Will plane with two in good conditions.

Even has a light sail rig.

Not cheap, but amortized over the expected life of these botes (mine is over 15 years old now, still going strong) is likely a lot cheaper than any inflatable.
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