Originally Posted by ausaviator
What do you think would be the all-time ever most popular tender
I was thinking maybe 2.5 or 2.7m...?
There's so many options now and I notice so many are coming out with aluminium hulls. Aside from them possibly being lighter weight, I'm really not sure what the pro's of aluminium are... would love to hear from the experts?
Is this an academic question or a practical one ? ie. are you just curious or looking to buy? If it’s the latter then much depends upon what you’re going to use it for.
Is it just getting to and from your boat
to shore, long trips up rivers,waterways,making a landing through surf, how many passengers are you likely to carry, do you want to use it for occasional fishing
, where, ocean or lake, how much stuff are you wanting to carry, do you want it to go fast , plane or just row ? ( some of us like to do that )...get my drift ? Also, and importantly, what size boat do you have and where are you going to carry it ? Dinghys with outboards can be heavy and if carried on davits
if it’s on a smallish boat and fills with water
if not covered when it rains can bring the stern down too much on a smaller vessel. How many people likely to be on board if you have to lift
I used a very small( 6 foot, 23 kg) FG dinghy
on a 4 year circ and could lift
it out of the water
and stow it easily on the foredeck of a 40 foot yacht. I’d row it which I enjoy doing. My Avon
was big and heavy and with a 6 HP OB was hard for me to handle solo, although it would plane when I gunned it. It would also bring the stern down more than I liked if carried on davits
but would do this on short inter island hops.
I know this is a long winded reply but the size you need depends upon multiple factors , as stated at the outset. Good luck..... “ He who has choice has turmoil”.