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Old 21-08-2020, 01:32   #1
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If you could have any 13ft tender

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We're looking at tenders and our boat can handle a 13ft on davits. What would be the best tender for diving? I like Highfield, AB, and Novurania. Should I be looking at something else? What options are important to you?

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Old 23-08-2020, 15:02   #2
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I follow several world sailing couples on YouTube (Project Atticus, Gone with the Wynns, Sailing Soulianis) All use Highfield.
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Old 23-08-2020, 15:08   #3
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If you like a rigid tender and you can/want to afford it, this would be my choice:

https://octenders.co.nz/

Awesome boats. Not sure why they seemed to have dropped the sailing version though. Always loved the versatility of that one.
Much to what we have on board but way lighter.
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Old 23-08-2020, 15:20   #4
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Of the standard RIB's that I've seen close up, the Highfields are a step above the others. A lot of it's in the details that are not obvious from brochure photos. There are little details that they just put more thought into, like the hemming of the grab handles, and the nylon washers that isolate all the SS hardware attaching the bow locker hinges, and the SS rings that are pressed into the lift points to prevent your lift shackles from wearing through the aluminum. The bow locker lid fits and seals well, many competitors it isn't bent right and has gaps. Also, the way the transom gussets are welded to doublers on the hull that spread the load. The only other brand that comes close, from what I've seen is AB. AB also has the advantage of being able to order them in bare aluminum, so you don't have to deal with failing powdercoats or paints.

The OC Tenders look amazing, the only downside I can see is price, and you don't get as deep a V in the hull, which some say reduces it's stability in rough conditions. But that also makes it plane up faster and with less power. Also, you can apparently order those with a sailing kit, which would be a no-brainer to me.
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Old 23-08-2020, 20:33   #5
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Re: If you could have any 13ft tender

Either mine, which is an AB Lammina AL13 fitted with a jockey console, or the Gala 13' Atlantis Sport. Mainly, I wouldn't get a RIB without a jockey console now that I've had one.



As an FYI, the Gala can take a 50hp and the AB a 40hp. Bigger is better.
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Old 24-08-2020, 10:26   #6
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Thanks guys - I have seen the Highfield tenders on the shows and they seem very nice. I was just worried about them being sponsors of the youtubers thus not getting a realistic critique.

I've always been a fan of Novuraina. Anyone have experience or thoughts on these?

I'm really looking for a RIB, even know the other types shown seem nice.
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Old 24-08-2020, 10:30   #7
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Love my Highfield UL260. It's all I'll own from here on out.
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Old 24-08-2020, 11:40   #8
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Thanks guys - I have seen the Highfield tenders on the shows and they seem very nice. I was just worried about them being sponsors of the youtubers thus not getting a realistic critique.

I've always been a fan of Novuraina. Anyone have experience or thoughts on these?

I'm really looking for a RIB, even know the other types shown seem nice.
Did you not like that Gala?
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Re: If you could have any 13ft tender

I have one of these on my Lipari, Very happy with the performance, planes easily with 9.9 2 stroke, plenty of fishing room.

https://www.enlightenedboating.com/b...er/3-7m-barra/
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OC Tender in carbon fiber is on my lust list. Maybe next season.
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Old 27-08-2020, 19:26   #11
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From a charter perspective, I find the AB more rugged and durable than the other two.
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Old 27-08-2020, 20:22   #12
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Boston whaler dinghy. I don't do inflatables.
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Old 27-08-2020, 21:29   #13
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Gee those oc tenders are a bit rich
My Quintrex 4.3m aluminium dory with a 30hp Suzuki was considerably cheaper
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