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Old 10-27-2014, 04:26 AM   #21
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I think for the weight and size you are looking for , it going to end up being an aluminum skiff. It may not last forever, but they are cheap to replace when necessary.
Yea thats what I was thinking as well.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:44 AM   #22
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Duro boat has had issues (lawsuits) over corrosion deterioration from diesel exhaust. Apparently if it is carried on davits, the mother ships exhaust will eat the aluminum.
This happened to the friends we boat with a lot. Custom lobsterboat, dinghy carried on stern davits suspended in back of the transom. Within about two years of buying the DuroBoat, which had been made here in Washington State, the acid that forms from the combination of diesel exhaust and saltwater (or maybe just water) on the bottom of the boat had eaten holes all over the bottom and had dissolved away half the keel thickness.

DuroBoat replaced the bottom but my friend sold it and bought a new 10' Bullfrog, which in my opinion is the best dingy out there.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:40 AM   #23
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Thanks George,
I like the whaler 130 but it tends to be on the heavy side but I still have the pdf at hand.
Thanks again....for the links too
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I used a 1000lb Marquip to get that Whaler off and on the boat deck as pictured in my avatar. That's about a 17' lift from the water to get it up and over the chocks. If you get one without a console it knocks around 100 pounds off and makes it very fishable; had a buddy with an older one set up that way if he was carrying more than three people he could install a little bench in the middle.

Where are you planning on using this?
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:48 AM   #24
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Our boat came with a Rendova dinghy. It has a down rigger mount and a 40 hp Honda. Great fishing and crabbing platform. No longer made. Made in Washington until the early-mid 1990s. Fiberglass bottoms and inflatable sides.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:44 AM   #25
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Mirage Mfg (builder of Great Harbour Trawlers) makes an awesome 15' self-bailing tender. I used our factory demo in the islands for years as a charter chase boat. Priced extremely fairly, they also ride very comfortably for a 15' boat and can be powered with anything from 40-70 hp. Call Ken Fickett (352-377-4146) and see if he will build you one light enough for your needs.

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Old 10-27-2014, 12:04 PM   #26
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Mirage Mfg (builder of Great Harbour Trawlers) makes an awesome 15' self-bailing tender. I used our factory demo in the islands for years as a charter chase boat. Priced extremely fairly, they also ride very comfortably for a 15' boat and can be powered with anything from 40-70 hp. Call Ken Fickett (352-377-4146) and see if he will build you one light enough for your needs.

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Nice looking boats!

If you don't mind me asking what do they run price wise?
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:17 PM   #27
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My 11 foot center console 4 stroke yamaha Novarina tender is for sale. Long ways from you though......Fort Pierce FL. Has rod holders.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:30 PM   #28
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Oliver,

You know, at this time, i really don't know. - and I would hate to quote a price that they can't be built for at this time (it's been a couple years since I was the sales guy at Mirage.) You will have to contact Ken. His e-mail is kenfickett@aol.com. All I can tell you is that they are VERY well built, soft-riding, self bailing and THOUSANDS of dollars less than their competitors. He'll put any motor you want on it, but Mirage is an OEM for Suzuki. Ken generally has one or two 15 skiffs in stock - and THEY can usually be bought VERY reasonably.

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Old 10-27-2014, 03:15 PM   #29
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Mr Fisherman,
I would not be afraid of Aluminium unless they use a different grade in the USA.
Tinnys are very popular down here in Aus and they virtually last forever.
I run a 12 ft tinny as a tender on my boat with a 15 hp 2 stroke Yammy.
Goes like the clappers , easy to maintain and can be lifted on and off with motor attached with a moderate crane.
Always worth a look.

I do like the look of that Mirage .
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:53 PM   #30
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Aluminum skiffs are great.

They are light and 99% are planing hulls so you won't have to post on TF about not being able to plane.

That would be my choice but I've got a SD 10' dinghy that goes 8 or 9 knots w a 6hp Johnson 2stroke. Very quiet at half throttle .. 8 knots.

I like the Bullfrogs too but so heavy I'd never consider one. To me a dinghy must be light enough so the engine and hull can easily be packed up the beach (separately).
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:57 PM   #31
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Mr Fisherman,
I would not be afraid of Aluminium unless they use a different grade in the USA.
Tinnys are very popular down here in Aus and they virtually last forever.
I run a 12 ft tinny as a tender on my boat with a 15 hp 2 stroke Yammy.
Goes like the clappers , easy to maintain and can be lifted on and off with motor attached with a moderate crane.
Always worth a look.

I do like the look of that Mirage .
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I think many aluminum production boats are suitable for tenders/skiffs, just not the Duroboats. They use an inferior grade of aluminum.
Sea-arks,alumawelds and others are proven tough and relatively light.
Personally , I think the welded construction is the way to go.
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