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Old 10-26-2014, 04:19 AM   #1
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Tender / Dinghy

I am looking for something that can be used for the basic job of a tender But my biggest need is for fishing.
The boat we are looking to purchase in the near future can accomodate up to a 15 foot boat and has a davit at 1000 lbs.
Now there will be 2 people in it fishing most of the time and in both salt and fresh water. I am looking for the biggest or
deepest and lightest I can get with room to move around and a bow able to handle mounting a trolling motor on it
and able to mount rod holders and a couple of battery box's and maybe even a larger fuel tank.

I have looked at whalers and carolina skiffs but they run so heavy and not sure about the inside free board being deep enough
for the other fishing person. Now I have been told ribs and similar boats work well for fishing but imo I dont think I want to mess with them.
I thought about a deep V or semi or modified v fiberglass but so far all have lower sides and again I want others to feel more safe.

So I know that smaller aluminum boats do not fair well in salt water, but what is fair well anyway? 1 year or 5 years? I mean what about a lot of bottom paint and fresh water wash downs after each use ? I bring up aluminum simply because they run lighter for the size and tend to have a deeper fit. So I am open to any suggestions and as far as HP goes it all depends on the boat but not looking to go much bigger then say 30 horse.
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Have you checked out Duro Boat ?
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Old 10-26-2014, 05:00 AM   #3
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Have you checked out Duro Boat ?
Just looked at some pictures on google and they look like a possibility and will know more once the site is available.
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The mfg is only 30 min from me .
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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.
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Having constantly used a 13' Whaler (2005 130 Sport) as tender, family car and fishing platform for 7 years I think it is almost ideal for the OP's purposes, as would be a Carolina Skiff; the latter perhaps even more so depending on configuration. Another good choice is the Livingstons. If fishing is the biggest consideration, in a boat that size, you'd be advised to go with tiller steering rather than console (which my Whaler has, fishing being tertiary to us). A couple of good forums to consult are the Whaler forum at continuouswave.com and The Hull Truth, which is a large, more fishing and outboard motor or dominant venue.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:19 AM   #7
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Yeah I heard about that also . I looked at them since they were so close to home . I just bought a used 10 ft Trinka . Should get here this week .
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How about a Livingston 14'
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There are some hi tech flats boats made out of hi tec super light composits out there that fit that bill....seems I remember carbon fiber, Arimis or some such. Limber up your wallet....
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There are some hi tech flats boats made out of hi tec super light composits out there that fit that bill....seems I remember carbon fiber, Arimis or some such. Limber up your wallet....

Hells Bay, East Cape canoes and skiffs, and Egret. But like you said they'll leave a good void in you pocket.
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Although I've never experienced one personally, any owners I've talked to absolutely love their Bullfrogs.

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And of course there is the very versatile dinghy that used to be towed behind Blue Sky when she was called Eight Stars....

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Conrad, Conrad, Conrad my friend,
That will Not ever work for me.....See I ain't into "Fly Fishen" besides then I would have to start another thread dealing with what kind of rod do you use or I suppose do ya just "Wing It" or perhaps a "Low Approach" would be in order and just buzz that fly right on through there.
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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.
Hmmmm guess thats a no brainer......go gasoline....
Just teasing, thank you for letting me know this.
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Having constantly used a 13' Whaler (2005 130 Sport) as tender, family car and fishing platform for 7 years I think it is almost ideal for the OP's purposes, as would be a Carolina Skiff; the latter perhaps even more so depending on configuration. Another good choice is the Livingstons. If fishing is the biggest consideration, in a boat that size, you'd be advised to go with tiller steering rather than console (which my Whaler has, fishing being tertiary to us). A couple of good forums to consult are the Whaler forum at continuouswave.com and The Hull Truth, which is a large, more fishing and outboard motor or dominant venue.
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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How about a Livingston 14'
I looked at them once and can not remember what I thought so I guess I will go check them out again. Thanks Steve.
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Conrad, Conrad, Conrad my friend,
That will Not ever work for me.....See I ain't into "Fly Fishen" besides then I would have to start another thread dealing with what kind of rod do you use or I suppose do ya just "Wing It" or perhaps a "Low Approach" would be in order and just buzz that fly right on through there.
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So I take it then Jim that the downrigger option would be a no go?
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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.
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So I take it then Jim that the downrigger option would be a no go?
Now that you bring this to my attention Conrad, It does have pontoons hmmmmm, down riggers may not be a bad idea and perhaps I could run a couple of plainer boards or out riggers and put a 50 horse kicker on it. Yea, Yea thats it and when the sea's beginn to get a little rough I could just pick up and go or fly to the next fishing spot.....Not bad !!
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