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Old 16-12-2020, 17:21   #16
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350 oc tender weighs 54 kg
Cost $12,000+
https://octenders.co.nz/products-oc350/



350 angler aluminium vnose punt weighs 46 kg
Cost around $2000, save $10,000
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Basically what we'd call a bass boat. They say it's for inland waterways - not sure how they'd handle a rough anchorage.
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Basically what we'd call a bass boat. They say it's for inland waterways - not sure how they'd handle a rough anchorage.
As well as the octender I would think


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We ask our skippers, if they know they will encounter chop and rough conditions to sit inside the tender on the seat block and ALWAYS DRIVE TO THE CONDITIONS. Our tenders are a lightweight composite structure and should be treated as such.
Added bonus of the tinny is you don't care if people let their dinghy's bang into it at the dock, metal boats win
Nor do you care much about rocks or concrete boat ramps.
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The tinny would have to have flotation tubes for protection and unsinkability which might be helpful if it gets flooded.

A Highfield Ultralite is only a few kilos heavier than the firbreglass OC.

But to be honest it's still pretty hard to beat a portabote for versatility, price and bulletproofness.
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I agree a Quintrex car topper tinnie is lighter, far more robust and heaps cheaper. And you could fit a ladder to a tinnie, and some compartments, and non-skid floor and some padding around the gunwale to protect the yacht. I've been to the OCT factory and seen the passion and skill that Rus and his small team put into each boat. Yes they are expensive but they are not overpriced when you see how much work goes into each one. An OCT may not be for you and I but it's great to see a small cottage industry like OCT becoming successful and receiving bulk orders from Euro catamaran factories and being debated in forums like this.
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The tinny would have to have flotation tubes for protection and unsinkability which might be helpful if it gets flooded.
Buoyancy foam collar https://boatcollar.com.au/
Inflatable collar. Airofloat Stabilizers

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A Highfield Ultralite is only a few kilos heavier than the firbreglass OC.
But its deflateable

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But to be honest it's still pretty hard to beat a portabote for versatility, price and bulletproofness.
How do they go carrying a load, through the chop with a 15hp on back?
Or getting a diver over the side?
They don't.
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I agree a Quintrex car topper tinnie is lighter, far more robust and heaps cheaper. And you could fit a ladder to a tinnie, and some compartments, and non-skid floor and some padding around the gunwale to protect the yacht. I've been to the OCT factory and seen the passion and skill that Rus and his small team put into each boat. Yes they are expensive but they are not overpriced when you see how much work goes into each one. An OCT may not be for you and I but it's great to see a small cottage industry like OCT becoming successful and receiving bulk orders from Euro catamaran factories and being debated in forums like this.
If you ever see a tinny hanging off a catamaran you'll know its Australian, if not QLD.
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I saw one in Roche Harbor last summer. It had a 3 hp engine. After ďcolorsĒ he took off to his boat. I wanted to ask about the dinghy, I so I hit the throttle on my 15hp powered Highfield (which I love). I could barely keep up with him!
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Not really
3.5 metre alloy Vnose I posted earlier is lighter and a hell of a lot more robust and a fraction of the cost.




Yeah, nah.
They are the iphone of dinghys, nothing exotic or cool, just overpriced for what they are.


It would be interesting to see how these aluminium V nose dinghys run in a chop. They would need 3 inflatable seats for buoyancy , maybe long thin fenders 20cm diameter would do the job and also topside protection. I guess something like the OC tender has.
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It would be interesting to see how these aluminium V nose dinghys run in a chop. They would need 3 inflatable seats for buoyancy , maybe long thin fenders 20cm diameter would do the job and also topside protection. I guess something like the OC tender has.
Why would they need 3 inflatable seats for buoyancy?
Seats are foam filled
They run fine in a chop, we had a 3.5 with a 15 for several years before going to a 4.2 with 40hp
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Why would they need 3 inflatable seats for buoyancy?

Seats are foam filled

They run fine in a chop, we had a 3.5 with a 15 for several years before going to a 4.2 with 40hp


Yes, good point, I sort of meant, if you did not have foam filled seats, you could use fenders.
In a chop, I thought it would slam compared to a dinghy with a deep V.
What do you use for topside protection.?
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What do you use for topside protection.?
Nothing.
I don't bang my tender into our topsides
Duckboard at the back
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Nothing.
I don't bang my tender into our topsides
Duckboard at the back

Yes, I was thinking of the neighbours when they invite you over for a sundowner. People don't seem to like anything alongside their boats thats not an inflateable.



I have a nesting alu version with a bit of a V, but I have not tried it in rough water and compared it to my deep V inflatable.
It bolts together at the 2 mini bulkheads and has a rubber insert. Seats are buoyancy. Similar photo below



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Looking at:


https://octenders.co.nz/


They look pretty good, but come in at $10K NZD for the 3.3m without any optional extras and shipping.


Has anyone got any info about them good or bad?
One concern I would have is the max load of 355kg for the oc300 or 383kg for the oc330. I purchased a Highland classic 310 earlier this year, which has a maximum load of 550kg / max persons of 5 +1.

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Or build your own - the Black fly 8, weighs less than 30 pounds - 8 ft long, 50 inch beam, carry about 480 pounds, costs $120 american to build...
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Or build your own - the Black fly 8, weighs less than 30 pounds - 8 ft long, 50 inch beam, carry about 480 pounds
Stability looks very poor
Cant carry a load, not like we are talking about in the last couple of posts
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