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Old 02-25-2019, 09:22 PM   #1
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Rowing Tender

I am searching for a good tender to replace a 10' rigid inflatable (AB aluminum hull RIB). I love to row, and the RIB rows like a brick. I am looking for an old-fashioned rowing dinghy. It could be either wooden construction, cold-molded or fiberglass. The tender should be about 10' length overall, with 7' oars. It will be carried on a stern davit on our American Tug 34 during the cruising season. I have a Torqeedo electric motor for propulsion if necessary, although I prefer rowing. We are based in Sidney, British Columbia and the dinghy will be used in the Pacific Northwest during the summer cruising season. I would appreciate recommendations from anyone who can share their experience with a rowing tender, as well as where to look to buy one.

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Old 02-25-2019, 09:44 PM   #2
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Hi Peter,


I own a Heritage Little River 12' classic rowing skiff as seen here:
Heritage 12 Classic Yacht Tender | Little River Marine - Rowing, Rowing Shells, Row Boat, Rowboats, Rowing Boats
It is a very stable boat when rowing and I love using it. I also have a Torqeedo motor and thought that I would love to keep this on my boat as our dinghy. It was an epic fail! Once the 9' oars and outriggers are retracted and there are two people in the boat along with the torque of the Torqeedo it felt incredibly unstable. This is one boat I would not recommend for this usage. Sorry I can't point you in the right direction, but I can save you from buying one of these for this purpose.


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Looks beautiful though, reminds me of a Whitehall. Do I understand you correctly that you would recommend the boat as a row boat, just not as a powerboat?
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:27 PM   #4
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Take a look at Gig Harbor boats. I've looked fairly hard at their 10' Navigator as a compromise for rowing/sailing. You can get one with slide seats if important.


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I’ve wanted a Trinka for years. They have a great reputation for rowing and sailing. Beautifully finished. They are available in 8, 10, and 12’. For rowing you’ll want a 10 or 12.
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The PT11 has a great reputation for rowing as well. Unfortunately you’d have to build it if you want a new one.
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The Trinka is a good suggestion. I went with a "gently used" dinghy. Actually, it was very used but being fiberglass only required some epoxy, paint, and new fasteners and she is almost as good as new.

This one appears to be a 15 year old Jarvis Newman dinghy. She rows and tows like a champ. I estimate she is 150 pounds.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:04 AM   #9
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Take a look at CLC. They have several tenders including one or two that are modular and the pieces stack for storage.
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Here’s a Gig Harbor Defiance.
12’ with a much wider stern than the whitehall types. Designed for rowing, sailing and outboarding. She’s a good choice as a propper dinghy with a large carrying capacity. Since carrying people and their gear is job one the Gig is hard to beat unless you feel the need for speed.

As you can see in the pics she’s got a big stern and even w just me aft w a small OB she’s bow high as one would expect but not ridiculously so. Most dinghies would be almost unusable in that configuration.

The Defiance was built using the hull of a very popular fishing boat over 100 years ago near Point Defiance near Tacoma Wa. However Gig Harbor Boats didn’t use the old fishing boat as-is. They widened the stern. It had a considerably narrower stern in the day and GH wanted their boat to be good w an OB without much sacrifice under sail or while rowing. And the added stability was a welcome gain. Rowing resistance is or should be low even heavily loaded as the transom would still be out of the water.

This boat of mine was a dinghy all it’s life aboard a 140’ barge in Bristol Bay Alaska. Dan, unfortunately died and I bought the boat from a close friend of Dan’s some time later.
It was ordered w/o the slot in the bottom for the centerboard but the CB trunk is still there. And as an OB version she never had sailing gear. And I think judging from these boats I’ve seen the Defiance is most often sold as primarily as a sailboat. I cut my transom down some to get the OB lower unit deeper in the water. Also I am fortunate in that Dan ordered the boat w the teak gunwales. I advise anybody do the same. And lastly I was supprised how light she is.
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Looks beautiful though, reminds me of a Whitehall. Do I understand you correctly that you would recommend the boat as a row boat, just not as a powerboat?
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I would highly recommend it as a row boat!


Here is how I get it to the water (more exercise getting it to dock than the actual rowing).

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The Stur-dee's are great, albeit made on the other side of the continent from the OP. Have rowed one in Westport Harbor and River quite happily.

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For a non traditional looking dinghy I would suggest a 10' Livingston. They are very stable, and actually row very well due to their catamaran hull. Plus can take a 9.9 HP outboard if desired. Although their now defunct website suggested 7' oars they definitely need 9 footers.
Very versatile.

The attached photo shows it in outboard mode, but it is often used to row as it moves through the water very easily
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Dyer Dhow, 9' rows like a dream. Using Shaw and Tanney oars. Great combo!
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I have one too many, a 10 ft Trinka and a 8 ft Walker Bay. They both row pretty good. The Trinka probably weighs twice as much as the Walker Bay. Trinka is hand laid fiberglass and the Walker Bay is plastic.
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I have a 10' Livingston I use as a dock utility boat I've rowed it many times, but now I use an electric outboard. It tends to be easy to row a straight course maybe because of the twin hulls. It also carries a lot of weight. Here's one with 2 adult men and a full size reefer.
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I'm partial to my Dyer 9'. I used it on my 424 ketch for about 10 years, and on my 44MT trawler for 4 years, and now on my Albin 27FC with stern davits for 5 years. I bought it used in Indianapolis back in 1984 from the second owner. Each stroke of the oars moves me about 15' and it's very stable. I used to take my airedale to shore when we cruised and he weighed about 75 lbs. Anyway, I just saw one for sale at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum with Shaw and Tenney oars, mast and good sail for $ 1200(asking). That's a helluva deal if you want a good dink. Ben
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Why no love for a 10 or 12 foot aluminum V hull boat. I've never seen one as a dink.
So of course I have to make one. Found a 12 footer with a title for $200. Currently cutting it down to about 10'4" to fit the Mainship transom. Have a little 1 banger Merc. 3.3 to power it. Oars too.

Cheap, lightweight, practically indestructible.... Not as pretty as fiberglass but will outlast an inflatable on sandy or rocky beaches or out in the sun..
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I loved our Puffin on our last boat. I drove 1,000 miles to Maine to buy her from the guy who built her. A fraction of the cost of a Trinka, her close cousin.


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Take a look at Gig Harbor boats. I've looked fairly hard at their 10' Navigator as a compromise for rowing/sailing. You can get one with slide seats if important.


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I bought one with a sailing rig. It sails and rows very well and my Torqueedo works great on it.
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