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Tender Question

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Nashbrent, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Nashbrent

    Nashbrent New Member

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    Looking at a 13' Boston Whaler as a tender. Problem is it will be on my transom and will protrude out about a foot on eash side although not my beam at mid ship. Is this a big deal? I know it will be a bit of an issue while docking.
  2. AMG

    AMG YF Moderator

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    It depends a little on what boat you have, but I wouldn´t do it. Also consider the engine adds a feet or two...
  3. Pascal

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    A foot per side is a lot and going to be a PIB not just when docking but also just using the platform, in the slip etc

    A 13' whaler is pretty heavy for a boat with so little beam.
  4. Nashbrent

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    45 Shannon Voyager. 15ft. beam at midship droping back to 12'4" at the transon. 1200 lb Nick Jackson transom lifting davit. Weight is no prfoblem. The boat likes a little weight of the rear end. I've thought abot a 11 Whaler... its just the 13 is so much more of a functional boat. It will serve as my taxi in Ft. Lauderdale/Keys. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks for the response!
  5. Kafue

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    Tow it!
    You are looking for trouble at every dock you visit, Plus the stress.
    Imagine going in to the fuel dock or any marina slip. You will probably end up dropping it in and towing each time anyway.

    I have a 13' Boston I tow, I agree they are absolutely great, but the trouble would make the 11' a better choice.
    Good luck.
  6. franzmerenda

    franzmerenda Senior Member

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    As far as I know, Boston Whaler has also an 11 footer in production...
  7. PropBet

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    Tow or downsize to the 11. Not only have the issues been pointed out cosmetically, but functionally as well.
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    I have a 11'6" RIB with a 30hp. My Viking SC is 15' beam midship and ~13 ft at the transom. With the enigine down it is ~12'6" which is the is the maximum safe width. You really dont want the engine hanging off while docking stern to for the obvious reason, same for a side tie, but when leaving the dock, hooking a pylon could be even more troubling.
  9. Nashbrent

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    Good point! Never really considered hooking a pile pulling out. I usually do most of my damage backing in.
  10. PropBet

    PropBet Senior Member

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    is that why the dink is there to act as a fender?
    (I kid.... I kid...)
    :D
  11. CaptTom

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    Oh man, I had it all wrong. When I saw the thread title of "Tender Question", I was thinking more of "Will you respect me in the morning?" :D
  12. Nashbrent

    Nashbrent New Member

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    Yes I will Captain Tom.
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    God, I hope you're not a dude. lol
  14. Pascal

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    The big issue with the overhang will be when coming in and out of a stern to slip. Most of the time, If you're pulling out of a side tie bow first you re asking for trouble, tender or not

    Towing is even worst of a pita, you need someone to deal with the tender whenever you are in close quarter. Especially a whaler which will require fenders unlike a rib

    An 11' whaler is a joke as a tender, as capacity is 3 or 4 persons at the most. The last 13' whaler I ve had to use ( 5 years old) had a flat bottom with no sump and always had an inch of water sloshing around Stupid design

    I also have to wonder how easy it will be to get a 13' whaler back on the stern lift in anything but dead calm conditions

    And then you have the fact that new whalers only come with those awful mercrappers... i ll take a RIB with a Yamaha any day!