Tenders

Any topics on dinghies/tenders. Also the building of moorings, related topics, even free moorings.
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Post by mySerenity »

Have located a beauty of a tender called a Smartwave (about to be used on another Easy actually). I would be interested in any feedback on tenders, especially the Smartwave.









I am in the market for something very kid proof that can:

> Easily take a run-a-ground or three,

> Bump into a rock or two,

> Does not need painting, and

> The kids can play in safely.



The idea of no pumping and high sides when compared to the similar Mac Boats and other inflatable’s, is right up my alley. This one is apparently self bailing and has well rounded edges for those bumpy arrivals alongside the Cat, saving repairs down the line. It takes a 5hp is 2.40m long with a beam of 1.34m. Its construction is stabilized polyethylene and a tri hull weighing in at 45kg. Made in New Zealand. I think it would be around the AUD $1000 mark.



Would be interested in any others thoughts on similar or better still, this type of tender.
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Post by northerncat »

looks good james, my initial thoughts was too heavy but 45 k isnt to bad, im actually probably going to build mine as i can build a 10 foot rowing dinghy to take a five horse that only weighs 20ks

sean
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I was going to build mine initially too, but the 'pro's' mentioned above have been a very big sweetener here. The dollars are the only hick-up at the moment as with all of us I suppose.



The other bit I’ve yet to mention is that it is our intention to stow our tender a little differently. Rather than being hung below the davits, I’ve built the davits so that the tender can rest either below or at 70 degrees against the davits. The latter being for longer term stowage and not having a water collection bin at the rear. Having said that, the build was done before I found this unit that is self draining.
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Post by Smooth Cruiser »

My only point about tenders may not be relevant to your situation. I am an advocate of putting a larger motor on than standard - I have a 2.8m RIB with a 9.8hp Tohatsu. What this does is let me easily plane with two pax. The amount of exploring that this opens up is amazing and has led to some great expeditions that never would have been possible in a displacement dinghy.



However in your situation with young kids I can understand that you may not want to have a ludicrously overpowered dinghy!!



Also I can raft the dinghy alongside the boat and manouvre it fairly readily, which I have had to do to turn into a marina when one motor wasn't running.
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I would use my 15hp that I have here, but you hit the nail on the head. We need to have it underpowered. Should I be considering something that can take a larger outboard now in the hope that they will grow sea-legs and use their grey-matter as they get older? Given the run-a-grounds that we have already had in the alloy 12 footer with this salubrious pair of drivers, some form of non-paintable plastic dinghy is a must.
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Post by northerncat »

the other thing which you just mentioned is cost, the dinghy i intend to build can be constructed with 2 sheets of 3mm ply and some resin costing about 70 all up

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Post by northerncat »

make it about 120 as i forgot the cost of paint

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Post by Smooth Cruiser »

Alan Lucas printed some plans for a cheap basic easy to build and very practical dinghy a while ago - I think it was in an issue of The Coastal Passage (http://www.coastalpassage.com). Could be a good option for a more basic dinghy.
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Post by northerncat »

any body got any free dinghy plans i have one set for a 10 ft

but would like to compare these against others before i start to build one
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Post by madaz »

I bought a set of 8 ft dinghy plans from "Dudley Dix" design, it used 2 sheets of 6mm i think?, the good thing was this one has a centre board, and a spot for an simple unstayed mast. so I can use it as a tender and also the kids can go for a sail if we are in a quite bay. Thats the plan anyway.



The plans are for sale on the internet for about $25 and you can use scrap from the easy to build it.
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