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
- 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.