Originally Posted by apirate
Maybe I’m a fool to think 230 pounds isn’t bad for a tender but it seems manageable.
We took an 11 foot Boston Whaler, weighing 280 pounds, on our last two cruises, (a 42 Catalina) . It took a few tries to master our technique, but we finally worked out a system of using the jib halyard
and a block and tackle, for putting it on the foredeck for long passages,( and towing it for shorter ones.)
It’s not for everybody, but it was worth it to us. I like being able to beach it on ironshore, or tie up to nail ridden docks, without fear of damage. And, I like having a dinghy that can actually be rowed effectively. We took an inflatable on our first cruise
, and I vowed, “never again”. But, I admit they have some advantages and good points.
You have to find what works for your style of cruising. Not everyone has the same type of cruising style (or the same boat, or the same needs).
We have a bigger boat now, and are actually looking to upgrade to a 13 foot Whaler for our next tender, after cruising alongside another sailboat who had done that, and seeing how much it improved their dingy exploration trips.