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TurboJet 285

Ideal for smooth trips to the quayside.


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With a powerful 90hp Rotax ACE 903 engine, the TurboJet, a small yacht tender, delivers exceptional performance and fuel efficiency. Combined with redesigned upholstery for the ultimate in comfort and an improved hull delivering supreme handling, the TurboJet is better – and more iconic – than ever!


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  • Perfectly proportioned

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Perfectly proportioned., the turbojet doesn’t just deliver exceptional performance....

It’s accessible size means it fits a wide range of luxury motor and sailing yachts. Which means more yacht owners can experience this market-leading tender.

We’ve made the DieselJet’s instrumentation clear, simple and elegant - so you always know what’s going on above and below water.

A Raymarine 170 helm display and optional extras such as depth sounders and chart plotters make navigation easier than ever, so you can be supremely confident on the sea.

Highly manoeuvrable.

Manoeuvrability in all conditions..

Whilst its improved fuel efficiency and catalytic converter makes it one of the cleanest marine engines in the world.

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New to high-performance tenders learn in a safe environment..

The TurboJet’s power limit switch means those new to the world of high-performance tenders can learn in a safe environment - until they’re ready to throw off the learner plates and really put the hammer down.

Sitting comfortably.

Whether at high or low speeds, the turbojet’s redesigned upholstery guarantees a comfortable ride..

For the driver, a profiled rear seat grips tightly so they get the most from the TurboJet’s pinpoint handling. Whilst leg bolsters, rotating backrests and handholds make even nervous passengers feel secure.

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Roar across the sea, water skier in tow..

The TurboJet’s BRP Rotax ACE 900 engine gives you improved torque and power-to-weight ratios, so you can roar across the sea, water skier in tow.

Turbo-powered performance.

Whether you’re cruising along the coast, pulling water skiers, or whipping in and out of tight corners, with its jet propulsion system generating speeds of up to 48mph / 77kph, no comparable tender does it better.

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“The 285 Turbojet is an absolute pocket rocket with a top speed of 40 knots. Right from the first time I engaged the jet unit the boat was as easy to drive as any outboard. The boat tracked perfectly and at all speeds was easy and very predictable to drive.”

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Top Rated Tenders For Your Superyacht

Your guide to finding the best yacht tenders for sale..

Yacht tenders are an extension of your yacht; they’re smaller boats used for transportation or excursions. Nowadays, they can be inflatable, big, small, fast, slow, futuristic, or vintage. Tenders may look like a fast center console that’s ideal for fishing trips or an old Hacker-Craft that’s perfect for taking you onshore in style. You can even customize it to match your yacht. It just depends on you and your yacht’s needs. We narrowed down the best tenders for your superyacht so that you can zip around remote locations in comfort and style.

42 Pirelli 2020

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The Pirelli Pzero 1250 was designed to ensure a comfortable and smooth ride. The wide bow sunbathing area offers comfort and safety for those who crave a tan, while the cockpit is equipped according to your customizations.

You can select an options package, color combination, and diesel/gasoline inboard or outboard engine packages, which is ideal for matching the boat to your superyacht. Each Pzero is custom-built for the individual and can typically be delivered in 60-90 days from the time of order.

Contact Denison yacht broker Alex Clarke to receive a quote for the exact specification Pirelli Pzero 1250 that you want.

39 Bertram Center Console 2022

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The Bertram 39 Center Console is what people in sports might call a utility player — it can play several positions competently. This boat can be used for fishing trips, as a day cruiser, as a yacht tender, or all of the above. And because it’s a new boat, you can add options such as extra live wells or a summer kitchen and barbeque.

As the first model of Bertram’s new center console line, the 39 CC provides superior performance when venturing offshore. Oh, and because she’s new, she comes with a 3-year warranty. Here’s more on everything you need to know about the 39CC. 

Contact Denison’s new boat sales manager Eric Macklin to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

36 Stephens Brothers 1946

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This vintage 36 foot Stephens Brothers 1946 might be too cool for you. She was built as a passenger-carrying day boat and reportedly owned at various times by actors such as Wes Parker and James Dean (told ya she’s too cool). The decks are made with South American mahogany and the cockpit soles are teak. This vintage masterpiece is powered by a Cummins Diesel Engine, QSM 11 offering up 660 horsepower and a head-turning ride from your yacht.

Contact Denison yacht broker Alex Clarke to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

33 Boston Whaler 2018

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Center consoles are kind of like the SUVs of the boating world — they offer a well-rounded set of features, amenities, and capabilities. And just like an SUV, they’re perfect for getting you places quickly and efficiently. This 330 Outrage is a premium outboard saltwater vessel that’s in great condition. It’s perfect for fishing trips or snorkeling excursions from your yacht.

Contact Denison yacht broker Will Noftsinger to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

30 Hacker-Craft 1929 

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Turn up the cool retro vibes with this 30 Hacker-Craft 1929 (*blinks eyes* yes, 1929). A little story about this gem: she was purchased new in 1929 by a Manhattan Episcopalian bishop at the New York City Boat Show. She remained on Lake George, New York until 1989 when she was purchased by a renowned wooden boat aficionado, Mark Mason of Lake Winnipesaukee.

This boat was then purchased by Alan Jackson and, at 74 years old, went through a 3-year professional restoration. She’s now one of the nicest 30-foot Hackers in the world (if we do say so ourselves) and a perfect yacht tender for those New England summers .

28 Axopar 2017

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The 28 Axopar 2017 is the perfect yacht tender to accommodate a big group of people. Plenty of comfortable seating on the bow lets you face each other and cheers to the sunset while there are 6 seats at the stern for those stragglers who hopped on last.

The 300 horsepower Verado with Mercury Gold has a transferable warranty with only 225 hours. Other features include underwater lights, new upholstery, an enclosed head and sink, and a removable Bimini top. This is the only Axopar Open available in the US and it’s perfect for boaters with bridge height restrictions.

Contact Denison yacht broker Aaron Antonson to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

23 De Antonio Yachts 2013

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Your superyacht may turn heads, but this yacht tender is a conversation starter. This 23 foot De Antonio Yachts 2013 offers the convenience and performance of outboard power while retaining modern European lines and concealing the 200 horsepower Evinrude G2 under the aft sun pad.

It’s fitted with underwater lights, a loud sound system, and a custom fiberglass hardtop with sunroofs. When you pull up to the sandbar or dinner in this boat, someone’s going to ask where can I get one too? Too bad it’s the only D23 available on the East Coast.

Contact Denison yacht broker Drew Offerdahl to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

18 D-Boat 2021

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This small but mighty 18 foot D-Boat 2021 is a great yacht tender or day cruiser. It’s part of the new Diamond 550 series and built-in one of the most prestigious shipyards in Poland. This yacht tender offers an incredibly smooth ride and can be equipped with 115 horsepower or 200 horsepower Mercury outboard engines. Color schemes and options can be customized to match your yacht. There’s also a small cabin and a manual top for shade, plus a refrigerator to keep the drinks cold.

Contact Denison yacht broker Jake Garber to schedule a showing of this yacht tender for sale.

Luxury yacht tenders provide transport for yacht owners and crew. They’re an excellent addition to a superyacht so that you can see more of a destination and participate in fun excursions. Whether you’re looking for something futuristic, vintage, fast, or spacious, contact a Denison yacht broker to help you find your next yacht tender.

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Best inflatable boat: 9 compact tenders put to the test

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Rob Melotti and the PBO test team put some lightweight, portable inflatable dinghies through their paces in Lymington to find the best inflatable boat

Inflatables are everywhere: paddleboards , canoes, kayaks , tents, kites and wings – and inflatable boat technology has long been a practical option for tenders, RIBs, liferafts and lifejackets .

But what the ‘new wave’ of inflatable boats brings to the practical boating landscape is the air floor, which makes very stable, very lightweight tenders a very practical option for people with limited stowage ie owners of cruising boats under 30ft.

And the market has responded with a selection of offerings under 2.4m weighing under 20kg. So which is the best and what should you be looking for to get the most for your money?

We tested nine models sold by eight different brand names. The inflatable boats were superficially quite similar, but in the accumulation of small details it was possible to pick a few favourites.

We rowed and motored all of the inflatable boats solo, and most of them with two aboard. We weighed and measured them and found a lot to like.

What’s the best inflatable boat? 9 options tested


3D Twin V Shape 230 Air Deck Tender was a good all-round performer – and best on test

3D Twin V Shape 230 Air deck tender

French manufacturer 3D Tender was one of the earliest producers of ultralight inflatable tenders. This model sports premium touches, such as davit rings and the most high-spec pump of all the inflatable boats on test.

In terms of convenience it is a rucksack carry bag with a large front pocket for the pump and accessories. The zips will need maintenance though.

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The V floor is a single chamber, keeping set-up time to a minimum and keeping the weight down. The lack of safety lines on the side makes carrying as a two-person team a little less convenient than some of the other inflatable boats, but the keel strip will help preserve this boat.

The rowlocks double as cleats and the rubbing strake will provide strength but little in the way of splashproofing for passengers.

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Force 4 02Lite was the lightest on test

Force 4 02Lite

This model is very similar to the Seago Go Lite (also tested), including the rucksack, which was our favourite on test for carrying comfort, although you do have to beware of any loose objects inside the bag dropping out of the side enclosure flap.

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The Force 4 02Lite was the lightest package overall and packed down to just 90cm long.

The oars were the smallest on test, which affected the rowing performance, but it was the only inflatable boat with open rowlocks – so you can use your own oars.

The bench is adjustable, but I wasn’t able to position it far enough aft to brace my feet against the transom under oars.

There are three D-rings for making a towing bridle on the bow but no ergonomic carry handle.

The rubbing strake is minimal with no splash guard and there are no davit lifting eyes.

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Crewsaver Air Deck 230 is solidly built and joint cheapest, but is outclassed by 3D Tender’s lightweight V floor design

Crewsaver Air Deck 230

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The pack we were sent for testing had the incorrect seat included, but we were able to substitute a seat from one of the other inflatable boats on test without difficulty.

The rucksack doesn’t have a front pocket, but there are no zips to corrode and the adjustable webbing buckles mean the top opening of the bag is quite forgiving for repacking.

The safety lines are robustly attached to the hull, which is a feature that will pay dividends long-term, but adds a bit of weight.

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The rubbing strake is also weighty, but the splash guards will keep water out of the boat.

The coned aft sponson caps are hard plastic, enabling vertical storage without damage and the rowlocks double as cleats.

There are davit rings in the bow and through the thick transom board, plus the bow handle is wide for ergonomic carrying.

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Excel Ventura SL200

From a Midlands-based company that specialises in inflatable boats, this came with a great double-action hand pump and was the only boat on test with an over-pressure valve – a useful feature for exposure to the hot sun.

The safety lines are sturdily attached and splash guards make up part of the rubbing strake protecting the sides and keeping water out of the boat.

The rowlocks double as cleats and the bow handle is wide enough for a proper grip.

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Excel Ventura SL200’s double action hand pump made short work of inflation

Davit fittings are supplied and the sponsons are shaped to add waterline length and buoyancy aft. The duffel carry bag was the sturdiest on test.

This inflatable boat comes with a good long set of oars, although we had to sit side-by-side to make any progress under oars with two adults on board.

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Quicksilver was big – but also heavy

Quicksilver Tendy Airfloor 240

This boat has an inflatable keel as well as a removable inflatable floor. There was also a rigid slat athwartship between the floor and keel, which increases the weight overall.

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This is one of the priciest and heaviest inflatable boats on the test and one of the largest in packed dimensions.

It features a fuel tank strap, a decent keel strip to prevent damage on slipways, a decent bow carry handle and rowlock cleats.

The rubbing strake is quite meaty as well without being particularly splashproof.

The carry bag is very forgiving – opening flat like a groundsheet.

There were no carry handles on the sponsons and the safety rope fixings aren’t as solid as many of the other inflatable boats on test, although there are rowlock cleats and the seat is fully adjustable.

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Light weight makes for easy handling on land and in the water

Seago Go Lite 230

Seago is a distributor, supplying UK chandleries and there are similarities between this model and the 02Lite from Force 4.

This model is very light and compact – just 0.5kg heavier than Force 4, but packs down to the same 90cm length.

The oars are very short, but are fixed using a pin and thole system which some may prefer over the Force 4’s rowlocks.

The PVC material is described as 1100 Decitex (Force 4 is 800 Decitex) and the backpacks of the two were identical: comfortable to carry and forgiving to repack due to their large side aperture rather than a narrow top.

The rubbing strake is minimal and there is no ergonomic bow handle.

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YAM 200T is not rated for two adults

This 2m inflatable boat has a fixed seat and was unique on the test for having wooden slats to reinforce the floor. This means less pumping up, but slightly increased weight.

Like the 3D tender there is no safety rope so carrying between two crew involves spreading your arms wide from bow handle to stern handle placed on the sponsons. It is rated for one adult and one child – the smallest by rating on the test.

There is a hefty rubbing strake with raised levels to block spray and the rowlocks double as cleats. The oars are miniature and the bow has three D-rings for rigging a towing bridle but no ergonomic handle for carrying. With two adults aboard we would have been better rowing side by side – but it was no slouch under engine.

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The nicest boat on test to row

YAM 240 (STI) Air Floor Sport Tender

This is the most expensive model on test and features an inflatable keel as well as a floor section, plus two sponsons to inflate.

With that much to inflate a high quality pump would have been better, but there is a pressure gauge included in the package to get everything sufficiently firm.

The seat is fixed but the oars were nice and long, which made it the nicest boat to row. As with the YAM 200T there were no safety lines fitted and carry handles are spread far apart, which makes carrying more difficult.

But there is a good, ergonomic bow carry handle and the inflatable boat is rated to carry 400kg, the highest rating on test. The rowlocks double as cleats and the rounded aft end of the sponsons have protective, hard plastic caps.

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Smaller diameter sponsons means more space aboard – but less freeboard

Talamex Superlight SLA230

Talamex is a Dutch brand imported by EP Barrus. This inflatable boat had the narrowest diameter sponsons on test, which creates more internal space, but less freeboard.

It’s an extremely lightweight package, with a thin transom board, but nice long oars and a good carrying handle on the bow.

The pump supplied is a single-action hand pump and the bag folds out completely flat like a groundsheet, which is very forgiving for repacking.

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The bag has nice carrying handles on the narrow ends. The seat was massively adjustable and the rubbing strake is generous without offering very much splash guarding.

The safety rope attachments look a bit vulnerable and there are no other handles on the sponsons.

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Launching the Seago 320

Verdict: Which was the best inflatable boat on test?

This group of inflatable boats can be subdivided in a few different ways: by length, by price and by weight (note there is also a group of rucksack boats and a trio of air-keel boats).

I think the best on test goes to the 3D Tender, which manages to keep the weight down, comes complete with a very high-spec pump, a very user-friendly rucksack bag with a big front pocket and a ‘slight V form floor’ that inflates as a single chamber.

There are no safety lines or a bow handle, so carrying the boat when inflated is less natural than some of the others and it’s the second most expensive.

The best bargain buy is probably the lightest, smallest package: Force 4, for me, is preferable to the very similar Seago model because of its ‘open’ rowlocks. But if you prefer captive oars, the Seago is slightly cheaper.

The Crewsaver is the same low price and probably more robust and seaworthy than the Force 4 or the Seago while being easier to carry when inflated than the 3D Tender. But without the V floor I think it’s a less versatile performer.

I didn’t see the benefit of the two 200cm dinghies we tested: both were noticeably small in use without being smaller to pack and stow or lighter to carry.

The 240cm V Floor models can carry bigger loads at greater speed, but if you really need that level of performance you have to accept the extra set-up time, weight and stowage.

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Rucksack bags were easiest to carry

The bag details matter when one of the main selling points of a product is its portability. We looked at handles, zips and overall design. Metal zips will corrode without a regular rinse in fresh water, but as long as the zipper track is plastic, then replacement zipper trucks can be fitted relatively cheaply.

Carry handles at the narrow ends are very useful and half of the inflatable boats tested can be carried as rucksacks. A few of the boats pack away in bags that deconstruct on all four sides like groundsheets, with webbing straps and adjustable buckles crossways and lengthways.

These are very forgiving and yet still pack up tightly and securely. We also looked at the quality of the bag material: is the bag likely to survive chafing, stretching, damp or UV exposure for as long as the dinghy itself?


We weighed each of the inflatable boats in their carry bags and found quite a variation in boat weights

Size, weight and price

Our facts table will quickly show you the lightest and smallest packs and there are four tenders priced under £500.

The two longest inflatable boats in the test (YAM 240 and Quicksilver 240) were in the biggest bags (110cm and 120cm respectively), and were the heaviest packs weighing over 20kg even without any accessories.

Only three of the nine tested boats weighed in at under 20kg straight out of the box. There was an 11kg difference between the lightest (Force 4 02Lite) and the heaviest (Quicksilver Tendy Airfloor 240).

The Force 4 comes in a rucksack bag that is 20cm shorter in length than the Quicksilver and over £100 cheaper.

But unless size, weight and price are your only criteria, then a simple numerical comparison could miss some important details.

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Pumps and pressure

Some of the air floors are rated for 1psi; others at 11psi. Most of the sponsons were rated at 3.6psi, which shouldn’t require too much brow mopping for foot- or hand-pump operators.

Five of the inflatable boats came with foot pumps, but the double-action hand pumps with the 3D and the Quicksilver were a joy to use.


All the boats were easily carried by two when inflated

Manual handling

It’s an ironic linguistic quirk that a tender should be so regularly treated without much tenderness. Even a few hours’ use on a clean slipway incurred scuffs, dings, grubby marks and a few minor tears to the carry bags.

Grass is far kinder than concrete for inflating, but is in short supply at busy locations. We looked at keel strips, rubbing strakes, safety line attachment points, bow handles and more… including the relationship between price, weight and fit-out.

First published in the September 2021 issue of Practical Boat Owner.

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Ideal model for fishing and cruising with family or friends with its 4 large seats that can accommodate 6 people on board and its large lockers.


The right compromise

The ideal complement to transport 6 people, with its numerous storage lockers and its 60 HP.

The biggest of the compact Open

A generous power output of up to 80 CV is a big asset, and it is ergonomic and spacious for comfortable and active days out.


The biggest

At 4.90m and 90 HP, it can be used as a main boat for up to 9 people. It can also tow water-skiers or wakeboarders.


Are you looking for a tender or dinghy model for your yacht, sailboat or catamaran? The choice of boat will depend on your intended use, frequency of trips, sailing areas and your expectations. Choose a comfortable, innovative and powerful boat that you can accessorise according to your taste and needs. You will already have basic equipment: lifting and towing rings, bench, paddles or oars, many handles … for the comfort of the pilot and the passengers. The design of your dinghy will perfectly match your yacht thanks to its elegant aesthetics. Your RIB dinghy guarantees you excellent performance, great sailing comfort and spaciousness for regular use. Its sturdiness ensures greater safety at sea where the weather is particularly unpredictable.


Yacht dinghies serve you both as lifeboats or support boats to get the pilot, crew and guests to land or shore, but also as leisure crafts due to their versatility. The size and engine of the tender mean it can be used as a pleasure boat for sea trips with friends or family; from 4 metres upwards for the larger models. So go and explore some beautiful places. The finish and quality of the accessories ensure the longevity of your boat.

Power and agility

In our range, you will find 100% electric tenders like the eOpen, but also ones with hydrojet propulsion, such as the eJet. This modern technology, which uses a turbine to draw in water and propel it quickly to move the boat forward, offers a more fun and agile way to steer. Compared to an outboard boat with a propeller engine, waterjet propulsion offers greater safety, the ability to sail in shallow water and faster acceleration.

Tender models with rigid hulls such as the CADET RIB ALU, the small OPEN, the eOPEN, or the Yachtline provide you with more stability at sea, even in difficult weather conditions. This gives you more space on board for passengers and storage.


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GT Luxury Yacht Tender Series

The GT is a classic, go-to series that offers an exclusive and luxurious dinghy experience. The GT Models are the best outboard yacht tenders on the market. With high performance and amazing quality packed in a convenient and easy-to-maintain boat, you can't go wrong with a reliable GT tender.

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The JET Series

If versatility is what you're looking for, we've got just the boat series for you. Our JET Models move you in luxury and style while offering a new level of maneuverability and shallow water capabilities. The innovative jet engine allows you to accelerate quickly while delivering a smooth and dry trip no matter what journey.

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The Diesel Series

Powered by a reliable Yanmar engine, our Diesel Series provides the same comfort and luxury with greater passenger and cargo capacity. With roomy interiors and multiple seating configurations, these are the go-to boats for all boating activities from fishing to cruising to whatever adventure you plan next. Plus, the diesel jet system offers amazing fuel benefits, using the same fuel as the mothership and providing efficiency while out on the open seas.

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You might be wondering which tender is right for you and your unique yacht, and the Argos Nautic team is here to help. Consider the following factors and reach out to us for more information.

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The length of your yacht will make all the difference in choosing which series and which model is best for you.

45 to 70 ft Yachts — GT11

70 to 100 ft Yachts — GT14

45 to 60 ft Yachts — JET9.5

50 to 70 ft Yachts — JET11

80 Feet or More — Diesel 15

Size is also important to consider in regard to cargo and passenger capacity. If you're looking for a convenient transportation vessel for you and a few, one of our smaller models like the GT11 or JET9.5 will get the job done just right.

If you're looking to host more occupants or need more storage space, you might want to consider our longer boats. The Diesel 17, for example, features a deep v hull design for comfortable travel with 9 passengers.

Consider which propulsion system will best support your adventure and long-term tender needs.  Our outboard engine offers durability, performance, and speed, all in a more affordable, more maintainable system.  The jet system, on the other hand, serves riders with a seriously smooth ride, allowing more maneuverability and shallow water capabilities.  And lastly, you really can't go wrong with Yanmar-powered Diesel Series. These tenders provide unbeatable performance with a fuel efficiency you’ll love.

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No matter which model or series you go with, every Argos Nautic center console tender is one-of-one. Our team works to hand design and perfectly craft your dream tender boat. Build your custom yacht tender by choosing your model and using our custom boat builder feature today.


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With the highest-quality materials, expert designers, and the utmost attention to detail, Argos Nautic crafts the best yacht tenders in the marine industry. Our American-made tenders will not only meet but exceed your performance and design expectations. We are ready to walk you through the entire process to help find the yacht tender boat of your dreams. Contact us today for more information.

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14 Great Pocket Cruisers in 2023

  • By Victor Tan
  • Updated: July 20, 2023

Pocket cruisers and mini yachts are generally vessels under 50 feet in length overall, and can include express cruiser designs, flybridge yachts as well as either monohull or catamaran hull forms. They are cruising boats easily handled by a small, or even shorthanded, crew. Pocket cruisers generally have wave-taming hull designs and have the ability to take on sporty seas, offer comfortable accommodations belowdecks with one or two staterooms for extended voyages, “homelike amenities,” and the ability to cruise as slowly or as quickly as an owner desires with inboard- and outboard-power options. These pocket-cruising boats have the range for longer voyages , can pull up in skinny water at the sandbar thanks to shallow drafts, and head over the horizon where cruising adventure awaits. Pocket cruisers are true multitasking yachts. When it comes to family and couples cruising, it’s hard to beat a well-built and well-equipped and pocket cruiser.

Best Cruising Boats Under 50-Feet

The following 14 pocket cruisers and mini yachts are all vessels we’ve seen, been aboard, and tested. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Hood 35 LM: high-tech, family-friendly pocket cruiser
  • Galeon Yachts 375 GTO: mid-size boat with plenty of below-deck space
  • Aquila 42: sleek power catamaran ready to entertain
  • Azimut Verve 42 : small, yet mighty yacht ready for open water
  • Hinckley Yachts 35: luxury picnic cruiser with range
  • Beneteau Gran Turismo 45: sleek cruising yacht with all the amenities
  • Solaris Power 48 Open: eye-catching power yacht with 360-degree views
  • Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS: luxury cruiser yacht with powerful outboard options
  • Back Cove 34O: modern outboard power combined with classic Downeast styling
  • Picnic Boat 40: speedy and fuel-efficient vessel with great looks
  • Aquila 36: comfortably seat up to 20 guests for fun on the salt
  • Boston Whaler 350 Realm: multitasker built for fishing and entertaining
  • MJM 35z: sporty, aesthetically pleasing, cruising-conscious features and elegant lines
  • Greenline 39: sturdy-looking lines and environmentally-friendly power

When Android co-founder, Rich Miner, wanted a new family-friendly pocket cruiser , he turned to a custom-penned C.W. Hood design and a Lyman-Morse-built 35-footer, which has a timeless Down East profile matched to seriously modern technology under the hood.

This yacht looks like a traditional, cold-molded Down East dayboat, but actually, it has everything, from Hamilton HJX Series water-jet drives to a planned Sea Machines autonomous command-and-control system . Top speed: 40-plus knots.

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Even the remnants of Hurricane Ian, couldn’t dissuade the Galeon Yacht 375 GTO from its cruising mission. The small yacht’s wave-splitting hull form is paired to torque-filled 600 hp Mercury Verado outboards , giving this fun-in-the-sun boat a 47-knot top hop.

The 375 GTO is a speedster, to be sure, but it’s also so much more. Just about every aspect of the main deck seating is transformable and multifunction, from the aft seating to the alfresco dining abaft the helm, and beyond. It also has a family-size and eminently cruise-worthy belowdecks space for four guests, all while providing a foredeck entertaining lounge too.

The Galeon Yachts 375 GTO ticks all the boxes for an easy-to-handle and sporty cruiser.

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Aquila 42 Yacht Power Catamaran

Following the success of its 44-, 54- and 70-foot power catamaran models, Aquila has launched the stable-as-a-table, owner-operator-ready Aquila 42 Yacht Power Catamaran .

The Aquila 42 is the entry point into the builder’s yacht line and is noteworthy for its ability to accommodate anywhere from a two- to four-stateroom layout, depending on the owner’s cruising requirements. There are alfresco spaces to manage the sunset cruise with friends and family, including a foredeck lounge area that can be accessed via centerline steps from the flybridge. The Aquila 42 is available with several Volvo Penta diesel-engine options .

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Azimut Verve 42

Want to cruise from Florida to Bimini in about an hour? The Azimut Yachts Verve 42 can do that thanks, in part, to triple 450 hp Mercury Racing outboards and a hull designed to dice-and-slice a seaway. Top hop: 45 knots. The Verve 42 also has style for miles with a fine entry, raked hardtop, and a razorlike sheerline accented by sweeping hull glass from bow to stern. It’s striking.

With accommodation for a family of four, the Verve 42 is also solid under the hull tokeep everyone safe on those passages. The Verve 42’s hull is built of fiberglass and uses vinylester resins for blister protection. The yacht’s deck and hardtop are comprised of carbon fiber for strength without added weight. This all means that the Azimut Verve 42 is built to CE Classification Type A , making it suitable for sea voyages where winds can exceed 45 mph and seas to 13 feet.

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Hinckley Yachts 35

The Hinckley Yachts 35 takes everything that yachtsmen like about this pedigreed-brand’s classic profile and infuses today’s modern outboard power to create 40 knots of sheer fun wrapped in sheer luxury.

This 35-foot Hinckley is built on a Michael-Peters-penned hull form with a fine entry, wider-than-average chines and a moderate deadrise. While the boat is built to sprint when desired, it’s also a relatively economical cruiser. For instance, a comfortable 24-knot cruise the Hinckley Yachts 35 has a 276-nautical-mile range.

It also has a tech-build thanks to vacuum-infused carbon-fiber composites and epoxy resin. An integrated interior structure is infused with the hull adding rigidity. The hull is then post-cured in an 80-foot oven, further strengthening the structure.

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Beneteau Gran Turismo 45

The Beneteau Gran Turismo is the flagship of the builder’s four-model GT series, which also includes 32-, 36- and 41-foot models.

The Gran Turismo 45 ’s cruise-centric layout includes two staterooms and two heads belowdecks, as well as a galley down. There is also a dinette for meals and a settee for rainy-day lounging. Entertaining guests and enjoying the sun is the primary mission of the main deck.

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Solaris Power 48 Open

The Solaris Power 48 Open was the first powerboat from this longtime builder known for its sailing yachts, ranging from 40 to 110 feet length overall. The Solaris Power 48 Open is notable for its wave-slicing plumb-bow design, high freeboard forward and 32-knot-plus speed. Power is twin 480 hp Volvo Penta IPS650 diesels.

The high freeboard keeps the deck dry and help creates sizable volume belowdecks with an average 6-foot-6-inch headroom. This enables real estate for either one or two staterooms. With the single-stateroom setup, there is a forepeak master stateroom while an L-shaped settee converts to sleeping accommodations for family or occasional guests. Interior wood options are oak or walnut.

Solaris 48 Open

Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS

Outboard-power cruising aficionados will appreciate the triple-engine options for the Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS . The 42 GLS we got aboard had the triple 400 hp Mercury Verados , which produced a top hop of 45 knots, but triple 450 hp Verados are available. Triple 350 hp Mercury Verados are the standard engine option. No matter the power arrangement, this express cruiser can easily be used for wakeboarding and tube towing. The 42 GLS is designed to handle the rough stuff too, with a fine entry and 21-degree transom deadrise.

For cruising enthusiasts, the 42 GLS has a master stateroom with an athwartships and a nearly queen-size berth, and the lower salon’s U-shaped dinette converts to a queen-size berth for the kids.

Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS

Back Cove 34O

Combining modern outboard power with classic Downeast styling, the Back Cove 34O touts award-winning standards with cruising in mind. The 34O is equipped with twin 300 hp Yamaha outboards, engines that allow the Newport International Boat Show’s 2018 Best Powerboat Under 35 Feet winner to travel up to 214 nautical miles at 24 knots on a 250-gallon fuel tank.

Belowdecks, the 34O has an island double berth and a split-head arrangement with the toilet to port and a separate shower stall to starboard. On the main deck, a U-shape dinette to port accommodates four or more guests on the Back Cove Yachts vessel. The 34O’s galley is equipped with a Cuisinart microwave, a two-burner Kenyon electric cooktop and a Vitrifrigo fridge and freezer.

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Picnic Boat 40

Hinckley Yachts unveiled its first Picnic Boat more than two decades ago. Now, after two previous, sub-40-foot models, the Maine-based boatbuilder has developed its largest and most advanced model to date: the Picnic Boat 40.

Twin 480 hp Cummins diesel engines paired to twin Hamilton 322 jet drives propel the yacht to a 30-knot cruising speed and 34 knots on the pins. With optional twin 550 hp Cummins diesels, cruise and top-end speeds jump to 35 and 38 knots, respectively.

There is an L-shaped settee with a table and a wet bar on the main deck to port. The helm station is forward and to starboard with a benchseat for two. There is also a companion seat across from the helm. Belowdecks, there is 6-foot-2-inch headroom, and the dinette table drops to form a California-king berth for overnights and weekending.

hinckley picnic boat 40

Aquila Power Catamarans started its line with 44- and 48-footers, and now the builder’s Aquila 36 takes the line into the midsize market.

The 36 features a single, main-living area from bow to stern, helped in part by the vessel’s 14-foot, 7-inch beam. The boat can comfortably seat up to 20 guests for fun on the salt. Several Mercury Verado engine options are available for the Aquila 36, including twin 250-, 300- and 350-hp four-strokes. With the 350s, the Aquila has a top-end speed of 37 knots.

Other notable features include a fiberglass hardtop, a dinette, a cooktop, a fridge, a sink and a smokeless grill. Belowdecks, there are two staterooms with nearly queen-size berths, en suite heads and 6-foot-6-inch headroom in each.

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Boston Whaler 350 Realm

From fishing and entertaining guests to diving and overnight cruising, Boston Whaler ‘s 350 Realm is a multitasker. And it’s fast, too. It’s powered with either triple 300 hp or triple 350 hp Mercury Verados. The 350 Realm can reach a top speed of 46 knots.

At the helm, two Raymarine displays provide vital navigation data. The captain can take in the displays’ view from a doublewide helm seat. There’s a flip-down platform for standing when needed and a footrest when desired.

There is a V-shaped berth that converts into a double berth with a filler cushion. The separated head has a VacuFlush MSD and a hot-and-cold shower. Owners also have the option to add a microwave and a flat-screen TV.

Boston Whaler 350 Realm

The MJM 35z can reach a top speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots on its optional 350 hp Mercury Verado outboards; twin 300 hp outboards are standard on this MJM Yachts vessel. Additionally, the 35z can travel up to 304 nautical miles on its 250-gallon fuel tank.

The 35z has a flush-deck layout and to port is space for an electric grill, a baitwell, a sink, an ice maker and a fridge. There are two Stidd helm seats—one for the helmsman and the other for a copilot—that rotate to face the rest of the seating aft. In the cabin is V-shaped seating forward that can be converted to a berth.

Owners also have the option of adding a Seakeeper 3 gyrostabilizer and a full-length Bimini top to shade the cockpit.

MJM 35z

Greenline 39

Greenline Yachts ‘ vessels are aptly named for their environmentally friendly means of moving about; the Greenline 39 is no different. The Slovenian yacht manufacturer produces two types of this model: hybrid and solar.

If owners opt for the latter, the 39’s four solar panels atop the salon power all of the vessel’s systems for three hours. With the power of the sun, the 39 can achieve a max speed of 6.5 knots and a cruising speed of 4 knots. The hybrid type uses those same panels to help power a 220 hp Volvo Penta D3 with a Mahle electric-drive system. Owners have the option of replacing the standard engine with a 370 hp Yanmar 8LV diesel.

Belowdecks, scissor berths provide accommodations for long weekends.

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A Guide to Yacht Tenders and Their Types

  • by yachtman
  • August 30, 2023 August 26, 2023

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The world of yachting is captivating. Its vessels and destinations are breathtaking. To indulge in this opulence, one must learn about yacht tenders . These small boats ferry passengers and supplies between the yacht and shore. They can also be used for recreational activities like water sports or exploring shallow areas. Yacht tenders are accessories that enhance the luxury experience.

There are several types of yacht tenders. The most common is the inflatable tender . These are easy to store and transport as they can be deflated. They are also highly versatile and offer excellent stability. Another popular type is the rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) . This combines a rigid hull with inflatable tubes, ideal for cruising or high-speed adventures.

For those who need more space, there are larger tenders such as limousine tenders or chase boats . These offer plush seating areas and onboard amenities. The global superyacht industry was worth $9.5 billion in 2020, showing the popularity of luxury yachting.

What are yacht tenders?

Yacht tenders are small boats used to transport folks and supplies to and from a bigger yacht. They’re an awesome means of transportation and can also be used for recreational activities. Here are some key points on yacht tenders:

  • Types include rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), jet skis, and traditional dinghies .
  • RIBs are popular due to their stability, versatility and durability .
  • Jet skis offer speed and agility , great for water sports fans.
  • Traditional dinghies are often used for auxiliary boats or life rafts.
  • Yacht tenders come with engines for faster travel and storage compartments.
  • Guests can access shorelines or explore secluded coves during yacht journeys.

When selecting a tender, consider: the intended use, passengers capacity, ease of maintenance, compatibility with the main yacht.

To make the most of the experience, here’s what to do:

  • Pick a tender that fits your needs.
  • Prioritize safety features: life jackets, navigation lights, emergency equipment.
  • Optimize storage capacity.
  • Consider ease of operation: user-friendly controls, manageable size.

By following these tips, you can make the most of your yacht tender. Then you’re ready to set off on your next yachting adventure!

Importance of yacht tenders

Yacht tenders are hugely important for a great yacht experience. They provide transport between the yacht and shore, allowing passengers to explore land-based activities. Without them, yachts would be stuck at sea, limiting the experiences available.

Let’s look at their types and functions:

Yacht tenders are multi-functional. They can be used for water sports, diving expeditions or exploring bays. Plus, they’re essential for safety. In an emergency, they can be used as lifeboats or to help with evacuation procedures.

When choosing a tender, consider size, capacity, needs, fuel efficiency, and ease of use. Prioritize these to get the right tender for your yacht experience.

Yacht tenders are necessary for luxury yachting. They allow passengers to explore, enjoy recreational activities, and keep everyone safe.

Types of yacht tenders

Yacht owners have many options for the perfect tender for their vessel. Let’s check out the types of tenders and their unique features!

RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) offer stability and versatility. They have a rigid hull with inflatable tubes, great maneuverability, and are popular for watersports.

Jet tenders use jet propulsion, are known for shallow draft, and are great for exploring shallow waters.

Classic tenders have a timeless design, combining modern amenities with traditional craftsmanship. They offer a luxurious and comfortable experience.

Limousine tenders are the epitome of luxury. They feature opulent interiors, spacious cabins, and are ideal for entertaining or private transfers.

Other types of tenders include sailing yacht tenders that are powered by wind.

Choosing the right yacht tender is essential for complementing your yachting lifestyle. Factors like personal preferences, usage, and storage space onboard the yacht should be taken into account.

Picture this: on a superyacht, cruising along the French Riviera. Suddenly, it’s time to explore ashore. The captain deploys the sleek jet tender from its storage area near the stern. The guests gasp in awe as they embark on an exciting ride to discover hidden treasures!

Factors to consider when choosing a yacht tender

Choosing the right yacht tender involves many important factors. These can affect the tender’s performance and functionality during voyages. Here’s what to remember:

  • Size and Capacity: Look at the tender’s size and capacity. Too small and it won’t fit everyone. Too big and it may be hard to manage.
  • Performance and Speed: Check the power and speed. It should be enough to get between the yacht and shore quickly and smoothly.
  • Storage and Accessibility: Consider storage on the yacht. Look at how easy it is to store, launch, and retrieve. Also, think about safety and convenience when it comes to boarding.

Functionality is more important than looks. Don’t sacrifice practicality for design.

Boat International has something to say. They recommend considering the boat’s purpose before making a decision. This guarantees the tender is perfect for your needs and makes sailing even better.

Popular brands and models of yacht tenders

Yacht tenders are popular for their reliability, functionality, and style . Let’s look at the top brands and models.

Williams’ Dieseljet 565 is known for speed and comfort. Novurania’s Chase 31 has luxury amenities for larger groups. ZAR Formenti’s ZF-5 is perfect for storage and transport. AB Inflatables’ Nautilus DLX is durable and versatile.

When choosing a tender, think about capacity, length, price , and features . Get the best boating experience!

Yacht tenders come in many shapes and sizes. Knowing which one is suitable for your yacht is essential. Options range from lightweight inflatables to rigid-hull inflatables . These tenders provide transportation to and from the yacht, and also act as recreational vessels. RIBs and jet tenders are popular, but there are lesser-known alternatives too. Amphibious tenders can move between land and water, giving access to remote places.

Picture this: sailing along the Mediterranean coast until a problem with the yacht’s engine arises. With the right tender onboard, you can reach shore quickly and safely.

By understanding the available tenders, yacht owners can make informed decisions. The right tender is vital for exploring hidden coves and enjoying water sports activities.

Additional resources and recommendations

Prioritize finding a reliable manufacturer with years of experience in creating top-notch yacht tenders. They’ll provide you with an enduring vessel that can handle various weather conditions.

Look for customization options so you can tailor the design and features. Also, make sure it has all necessary safety equipment such as life jackets, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers.

Find a dealer who can offer maintenance services to keep your tender in peak condition. Look for a substantial warranty in case of any manufacturing or design defects.

Moreover, consider the weight capacity of the tender to guarantee comfort and stability.

Invest in advanced navigation systems for accurate positioning and safe travels.

Check reviews and testimonials from other yacht owners to understand the quality and performance of different tenders.

Additionally, look for manufacturers who offer training programs to operate and maintain the tender safely and efficiently.

By following these steps, you can get the most out of your yachting adventures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a yacht tender?

A: A yacht tender is a small boat used to transport people and supplies between a yacht and the shore.

Q: What are the different types of yacht tenders?

A: There are several types of yacht tenders including rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), center console tenders, jet tenders, and classic tenders.

Q: What is a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) tender?

A: A RIB tender is a popular type of yacht tender that has a rigid hull and inflatable tubes around the sides for buoyancy and stability.

Q: What is a center console tender?

A: A center console tender is a type of yacht tender with an open deck design and a steering console located in the center of the boat.

Q: What is a jet tender?

A: A jet tender is a type of yacht tender that is powered by a jet drive system, using water propulsion instead of an outboard or inboard engine.

Q: What is a classic tender?

A: A classic tender refers to a traditional-style yacht tender, often made of wood, with a timeless design and elegant features.

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The Sun Dolphin® Water Tender is a cost-efficient rowboat with a durable Fortiflex high density polyethylene hull construction. Use as a yacht tender or as a fun vacation boat at your lake cottage. Large seating areas include recessed beverage holders and built-in oarlock sockets. This rowboat meets CE and US Coast Guard safety standards.

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Rigid Boats is the Premiere Manufacturer of rigid fiberglass Yacht Tenders and Dinghies.

We are your most reliable form of transportation while at port..

With the amount of time that most boaters spend in their tender, we believe that the quality and comfort should be that of the mother ship. We use the finest supplies and accessories made for our boats.

Inflatable dinghies are simply not good enough, so we made a change. Our existing customers appreciate that, and so will you. Most of our boats are custom built to the owners need s. Let us help you discover the options that you never knew existed in a Tender.

In addition to use as a Dinghy, more and more customers are buying Rigid Boats for pleasure craft. There is simply nothing on the market that can offer you the same comfort, performance, and value at the same size .

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Make Restocking Enjoyable With the Spacious Falcon 420

The feeling of sailing on a yacht or powerboat can’t be beaten. While you kick up your heels, relax and feel the stress of everyday life slip away, the last thing on your mind should be restocking your supplies. The Falcon 420 RIB tender can take away the hassle and inconvenience of restocking or picking passengers from the dock.

The Falcon 420 is a 13-foot tender with comfortable seating for seven people. Because the boat is shock absorbent, you and your traveling companions will remain comfortable even if the wind is stirring up the water.

Our 13-foot tender is more than six feet wide — offering plenty of space for your passengers to get around comfortably. Even if Mother Nature is less than pleasant, you’ll still be able to navigate your RIB tender’s floor space safely thanks to the boat’s thoughtfully placed hand grips.


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An Inflatable Tender That’s as Versatile as It Is Capable

If you’re looking for a 13-foot luxury tender for sale, we invite you to visit one of our showrooms so you can see just how versatile and capable the Falcon 420 is. The boat’s engine can crank out up to 60 horsepower — enough power to cut through the surf and deliver supplies and people with ease.

When it’s fully equipped, the Falcon 420 weighs less than 805 pounds. But despite its light weight, the tender can still haul nearly 2,100 pounds in a single trip.

The Falcon 420’s size makes it easy for you to take to the shore whenever you want to enjoy a night on the town. It’s also a convenient means to explore the shoreline and discover hidden coves without having to pull your larger boat’s anchor.

Whether you’re transporting goods or people in your Falcon 420, you’ll feel confident behind the wheel knowing that your vessel is neither tippable nor sinkable. If you’re going to let your kids use your tender for the first time, you’ll be glad to know that the RIB will not cause damage if it hits another boat.

Let your worries about cleaning, maintaining and transporting your vessel melt away — the Falcon 420 is a breeze to clean and maintain. You can even get your vessel from one launch point to another without having to worry about towing.

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Once you step foot in the Falcon 420, your search for a premium tender will be over. Manufactured in Europe using lightweight and durable materials, competitively priced and safe — it doesn’t get any better than the Falcon 420. To learn more about this tender or our extensive inventory of RIBs, contact BRIG USA today.

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How to buy the best tender

From foldables to ribs, the range of inflatable and rigid-hulled craft that can serve as yacht tenders is bewilderingly varied. Which is the right one for you? James Jermain investigates

Transoms, ribs, rigids and folding: the range of dinghies used for tenders is many and varied. But there is general agreement, at least in the marketplace, that a medium-sized, inflatable dinghy, with a transom and an inflatable floor is the tender of choice for most cruising yachts.

So why are they so popular? Are they always best and what should you look for?

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The popular choice

The reasons small to medium-sized inflatables are so popular are not hard to find:

– They are tough and durable – You can bump into things without doing damage – They are comparatively light – They fold away into a reasonable small space – They are very stable – They have a high load capacity – They work well under power and are reasonably efficient under oars – Your feet remain dry with the floor inflated – There is one at a price to suit you, from under £400 to nearly £2,000

With such a wide price range there are clearly big differences between the large number of brands. The main variables are:

Size Inflatables suitable for yacht tenders start at around 2.00m (6ft 6in). This is an adequate size for a small yacht and will be capable of taking two people safely with a small (2 to 2.5hp) outboard.

To carry four in safety in choppy conditions you will need to go up to 2.90m (9ft 6in) or more.

Inflatables this size will take a 10hp motor although this might be heavy to handle. A popular size is 2.60m (8ft 6in), which will take three adults and maybe a child and is a good balance between capacity, size and weight.

It is easily launched from a small foredeck, weighs a portable 30kg or so and packs down to a stowable size.

Materials Generally, the more expensive the inflatable, the better quality the material. At the top of the tree is Hypalon which has the longest warranty period (ten years).

Most dinghies use PVC-coated fabrics. The heavier the material, by and large, the more durable it will be. Fabric life warranty will be around five years.

Tubes Dinghies of yacht tender size usually have two or three inflation compartments plus floor and keel.

For safety the more the better but for easy inflation and deflation, two is enough. Tube diameter is also important. Fatter tubes keep backsides further from the water, provide a softer ride and keep water where it belongs.

On the other hand big tubes are heavier, bulkier and more expensive.

The alternatives Just because the vast majority of tenders rowing or puttering across the harbour have essentially the same configuration, doesn’t necessarily make it the best for you.

There are alternatives and they have advantages.

How to buy a tender

They combine many of the best features of sports boats and pure inflatables. But the rigid hull means they are comparatively heavy and do not fold down for stowage on board.

They are best for larger boats or those that carry the tender in davits. They can be fitted with larger engines so can double as a fun boat and as a tender for accessing a remote mooring.

Rigids Few yachts will carry a rigid dinghy on board these days. Difficult or impossible to stow, launch and recover they are just too inconvenient. But as a means of transporting people and kit from shore to a remote mooring they still have advantages.

Tough, easy to row and power, they also have high internal volume for a given size. They can be used as a sailing tender and children’s fun boat once anchored for the day.

Foldables There are a few folding semi-rigid dinghies on the market. The former is a multi-purpose sailing dinghy/ tender that can be stowed along the sidedeck of cruisers from about 10m upwards.

They are vulnerable in bad weather offshore and not particularly good load carriers but for family fun, during a holiday cruise, they can be a good choice.

This article was first published in Your Yacht 2006

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