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Old 07-19-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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The New Best Tender/Dink Thread.

Since we have never ending best anchor threads, some votes of which seem to be based on popularity, I thought I'd start a best tender/dink thread based on what I've seen lately. :-)


So what are the most popular dinks/tenders you see in your area?
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Bullfrog by far.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:30 AM   #5
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For us, Williams. We love them.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:49 AM   #6
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Fast, economical - Crestliner tow behind runabout w/ 50 hp Johnson. Comfortably seats four back to back and cruises easily at 25 to 27. 39 + knots with just me at WOT / on GPS. Approx 20 mpg with just Linda and me at an easy going 20 to 25 knots.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:00 AM   #7
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We recently purchased a West Marine RiIB 350. Thus far I have been impressed with it.
http://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-m...hite--13061015


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Old 07-19-2015, 07:02 AM   #8
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This is our big one we tow, it's the best tender IMO.
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I personally prefer inflatables as tenders; and from my experience, anything constructed of hypalon holds-up very well in Florida and is worth the added expense. My vote goes to the Achilles LT-2 and LT-4 as a personal favorite: small, light weight, and long life expectancy.

But your question asked what is the most popular in my area! Definitely inflatables or RIBs. I see a lot of West Marine brand inflatables in particular.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:31 AM   #10
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We had a Nuvorania 14 CC that we used for years when the kids were smaller. Used it for skiing, tubing and general stuff. It was my sanity resource to keep them busy. Loved that boat. Traded it last year for a Caribe 11 CC as kids are gone and the 14 was getting difficult to get on the bow some days.
Can't give up my standard 10' with 15hp tiller though. Keep it behind the house for those "I've gotta burn fuel now" moments.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:04 AM   #11
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Ribs are pretty universal as the most common, though you will see a lot of small hardbody rowing dinghies in the northeastern mooring fields, used by folks to get out to their daysailer or small fishing boat.

Dinghies are like any other boat, a compromise of some sort. All depends on how, where and how often you are going to use it.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:23 AM   #12
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We chose the one you will pass down to your grandchildren. Boston Whaler.
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Ditto here. Always a trade somewhere. Weight for us is a little bit of an issue. But to the OP- around our marina in Gulfport- RIBS are the most popular.


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Here's the smaller one that goes on the boat deck. It can handle some weight.
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Ribs and other inflatables are most popular here. I also see quite a few 8-10 foot rowing dinghies. In my case I have a West Marine hypalon compact rib 310 and a custom built great harbor 10 fiberglass rowing dinghy. I prefer the rowing dinghy over the rib, but my wife likes the stability of the rib. I use the same Torqeedo 1003s electric outboard on the two dinghies (on the hard dinghy only when the wind is up).
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I think there are two factors that seem to play the major role in the choices. First, is what one uses the tender for. If it's just getting to and from shore or a dock, then small inflatable's tend to work fine for most, even rowables. However, we use ours to run around and explore. We often run 50 nm plus in them and sometimes over 100 nm in a day. Our record is probably close to 200 nm.

The second is storage and whether one is willing to tow one or keep it on deck (or on a platform). If on deck, how much space. We often go out in conditions and at speeds that we don't consider conducive to towing. Some, like Oliver, tow one and have another on deck. But since we don't tow, we do go with ribs and we do go for the largest ones we have space for.

Now, form of propulsion is fairly universally outboard. We, however, prefer jets. In the sizes we're talking about that points us to Williams.
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You can't go wrong with the proven Boston Whaler. Holds its value and "it is unsinkable"


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We chose the one you will pass down to your grandchildren. Boston Whaler.
I love Whalers. During my teens had a 1961 13.3' Whaler with 40 hp Johnson (first an 18, then a 20, then a 40 hp). I bought her when I was 14 yrs. old Cruised entire New England coast, mostly alongside or towed by dad's boat. Once, in latter teens with full dodger, three 6 gal tanks, and SS safety rails I made entire trip by myself, from NY to Maine's Penobscot Bay and back. Stable as a rock in seas... but to make speed in waves a young, supple back was needed... that basically broad flat hulled (tri-point) baby can really pound your ass!

Now that I appreciate seating and ride comfort much more I place our 14'8" 1975 FRP mono hull-V Crestliner on a par with my 13'3" Whaler. This Crestliner is not something I would take coastal (like I did the Whaler); but, it's simply great for fast cruising in the tame SF Delta waters. And, it's strong, rugged construction will last as long as a Whaler. See my post 6.
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I love Whalers. During my teens had a 1961 13.3' Whaler with 40 hp Johnson (first an 18, then a 20, then a 40 hp).
One thing we found when looking at Whalers was how restrictive the current maximum hp ratings were and how many people put larger motors on. We have a captain friend who loves Whaler's but in every size boat he was recommending a larger engine than the plate allows and than Whaler will sell with. Basically their limits are 11'-25 hp, 13'-40 hp, 15'-60 hp and 17'-90 hp. With one or two people those are probably adequate but with full loads, are slow to plane.

Certainly Whaler can't be beaten when it comes to durability.

As an alternative if one is going to 16' or more, in South Florida you see quite a few Dusky's. That's what N4712 has as his play boat, ski boat, everything boat. They're sold factory direct so are less expensive plus you have a full choice of motors and aren't limited to Mercury.

I'd also comment that in outboard RIB's, I've always been very impressed with Novurania and their quality.
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