I'm looking at a new Highfield 360. I can get a good price
on a tender
that is in stock but it has a 20" transom. I wasn't aware you could get a small tender
with a tall transom.
I don't like the thought of the longer shaft just due to the extra effort to lift
and store the engine
. Although after looking at the size of all the new 4-stroke outboards I don't think I'd be inclined to lift
on off the dinghy
anyway. All of my experience has been with two-stroke engines and they are considerably smaller and lighter than the 4 strokes.
I do like the idea of the taller transom to reduce the possibility of getting water
over the transom.
will spend most of it's life on a trailer
under cover in New England
. It will only be launched one the days I don't feel like waiting for the harbor launch to get out to the boat
and will be used for a few weeks a year doing some coastal cruising in New England
The main reason for looking at a new dinghy is to get something easier for my wife and daughter to operate. The dealer said the reason they order the tenders with the 20" transom is because engines with power tilt/trim are available and some customers are looking for that option.
I had always planned to keep this as simple as possible but am now considering getting the 20" transom so I can get the electric
start and power tilt for my wife. If I have a battery
I'd probably throw a small bilge pump
in there as well.
What does everyone think? What am I missing.