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Old 27-06-2022, 21:21   #1
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Polycraft Tender Owners?

Any actual experience with the 10 new 300 model ?
Thank you.
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Old 28-06-2022, 02:49   #2
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Re: Polycraft Tender Owners?

Fantastically stable - can walk around on the gunwales.
Happily takes 15hp motor, but be aware of potential for prop cavitation (ventilation). A large whale-tail almost fixes this.
Very nearly indestructible, and puncture proof. Spearfishing sharp points are a non-event, as are oysters against the wharf.
Hatches are a great feature for storage.
Because PE bounces off so well, bumping against your aloooominum mother ship (or other f/glass) is no big deal.
No sharp corners to injure you.
Easy to get into, from the water.

BUT
Very heavy.
Due to weight and friction of PE on sand, very difficult to pull up the beach out of the water. Also very (very!) difficult to pull back into the water when the tide has gone out.
Wheels difficult or impossible to bolt on the transom, cos of the steps. Your welding skills might be able to fabricate something suitable. I used 4 x 1m lengths of 100mm poly pipe as skids or "wheels".
It tends to be a "wet" boat. The blunt bow pushes up spray, which then blows back over the occupants.
Very easy to drown it - parking on the beach with even a small swell breaking will get splashing inside. After your walk (or beers at the pub) the inside will be totally full of water, and all that lovely storage ability will have disgorged its contents. I managed this at least 3 times, until I learned to anchor off and then swim ashore

I really really liked mine. Would I get another? Not sure...
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Old 28-06-2022, 04:52   #3
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Re: Polycraft Tender Owners?

Huge thank you for your reply. From what we have learned so far, this was an excellent review of the good and bad points of this boat.
We sincerely appreciated you taking the time to go into great detail.
This was exactly the kind of information we needed. An intelligent, concise and thorough review. Five stars for the author.
The manatee crew tips their caps to you good sir.
Again, thank you.
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