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Old 28-04-2020, 17:31   #1
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Question re tenders - most common

I'm importing a large RIB from China and I have room for some small inflatables to help share the cost on shipping. Shipping to Melbourne, Australia.

If I was to purchase a couple to on-sell, would you think I'd be better off with a 2.3, 2.7 or 3.0 metre? What would be the most common?

I can get them in PVC or Hypalon and will most likely get Hypalon.
It will have to be either aluminium/timber combo floor or an AirFloor.

Unfortunately I can't bring in a solid hull model.

What would be the preference in your opinion?
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I would get the 3.0, but my opinion may be skewed in that I have the room and the davits to manage it. My current tender is larger than that.
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Are 4 d-shackles attached to the aluminium floor ok for most people to hoist up to davits? Rather than attaching to fabric.
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Current "circumstances" don't buy anything from China?
Hard pill to swallow, but this world we are in is now a new political, social, economic model, IMHO.
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Current "circumstances" don't buy anything from China?
Hard pill to swallow, but this world we are in is now a new political, social, economic model, IMHO.
Why is that? Is there advice from the government to not do this? Do you realise that the majority of products you buy actually come from China?
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I'm doing everything I can to stop buying Chinese goods... There's lots of good dinghies available from countries that didn't unleash a global pandemic and then lie about it! No mas!!
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Need a lot more info before offering advice. Size of your boat? Number of people using dinghy? Distances you need to travel? 3M much to small for my needs but might suit yours.
By the way if you don't buy from China because of lies about virus you should also not buy from US. Many lies there too and continue every day.
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I'm doing everything I can to stop buying Chinese goods... There's lots of good dinghies available from countries that didn't unleash a global pandemic and then lie about it! No mas!!
Here we go...........
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Good point... there are a lot of mission profiles.

I spoke to a few people locally and we decided that in this area specifically, that a certain model would be more suitable.

Some comments that came up were:

- Most boat owners need small and light tender, 2 place at most
- Most boat owners launch at the yacht club and row out to their boat
- They attach to the mooring, then bring their boat into the jetty to pick up pax
- The majority of tenders have dinghy wheels fitted
- They are usually stored upright in a rack, on the rear end
- Covers are rarely used
- Owners want the cheapest tender possible
- Often owners want to buy one when they sell their boats as it needs to have a tender and they don't care how cheap and nasty it is
- Rarely do they ever tow them
- It's better to pay $500 for it to last 3 years than pay $1,200 for it to last for 6
- A good quality one is far more likely to be stolen from the rack or mooring
- Ability to lift onto davits or throw on-board is desirable
- Airfloors are not preferred, but rather aluminium floors are better

These comments are *not* typical of all boaties, just from a cross-section in my local area.

So I'm just going to grab some 1.2mm PVC 2.3 metre units with seat bag and davit mounting d-rings, with round ends on the rear for vertical storage and that's it... cheaper the better as far as my sources tell me.

Let's see how it goes!

I note, these observations are NOT typical in all areas!

If I was selling to those that frequently trip, I'd be thinking more along the lines of a 3.0 with a 10hp, solid rib or aluminium floor with a minimum of 1.2mm PVC or Hypalon and shackles for the davits.
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I don't have good numbers on what would be the most popular dinghy in your area, but I think there are few things in life where 6" to 12" makes such a big difference. Each food brings a disproportionate amount of interior room, and each foot makes the boat handle much better. This is especially true when getting on a plane.

Bottom line: I would add 3m boats to your shipment. But that's from a personal use standpoint.

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Re: Question re tenders - most common

What prices are we talking about? Would it be cheaper than say a 3.3m big duck selling for $999 with Australian support and distribution. If yes then I think you should 3m versions. Heck I may even be intersted.
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i won'y buy Chinese if I can help it.
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Quote "Do you realise that the majority of products you buy actually come from China?"

And therein lies the root of some/many of the current problems.
Look hard at where stuff is made. IMHO Pay a bit more if necessary, but we have to break down our dependance on one country as the source of "stuff"

As to your dinghy. Buy what you want, caution, anything else is a bonus only if you can sell it.
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