What You Need To Know To Choose The Right Tender

Published December 31st, 2017 by Bernardo

Purchasing a yacht can become cumbersome. Forward thinking yacht buyers will utilize a yacht broker and are involved with every facet of the buying process. Buying a yacht is a significant purchase and many new buyers often fail to consider what kind of support vessel they will need. Take into account placement of the inflatable RIB, safety features of the tender, passenger capacity, construction materials and maintenance needed to extend the life of the tender. Working with a knowledgeable tender sales team who can provide recommendations for proper sizing, storage and placement is essential.


Many yacht tenders offer standard safety features like non-slip surfaces, engine kill switches, keel guards to protect the hull and more. When choosing the best inflatable RIB for a specific vessel is important to define which safety features are best suited for the owners. 

Speed and Capacity

While most boat owners prefer getting from one place to another as quickly as possible, there are other factors to consider related to the speed of your tender. Dinghies with larger engines bring extra cost and weight. Further, a small vessel may not be able to skim across rough water as quickly if it’s carrying a lot of supplies or people. Small, speedy options are ideal for transportation a long way from shore, but are less valuable for carrying a lot of weight.


It is important to consider the type of material your tender is made out of. Most tenders are constructed out of either Hypalon or PVC. Both materials have pros and cons and it’s up to the purchaser to decide which is better for their master vessel. Hypalon is more durable than PVC, and comes with a higher price point. PVC material offers more flexibility for storage than Hypalon and comes with a lower price point. Due to the conditions in which tenders operate, they should be rugged enough to stand up to the sun, sale and the material should be easy to repair. 

Use and Fuel Sources

It is important to consider what you will be using your tender for. Will it mainly be used for quick transportation for few people or hauling heavy equipment and large loads of people? It can also be helpful to choose a tender that uses the same type of fuel as your main vessel. Any backup fuel can be used for the main vessel or your tender. 

Backups and Supplies

Proper care and maintenance can help extend the life and reliability of your tender. A proper dinghy cover and regularly scheduled maintenance will extend the life and improve the safety of your vessel. Anchors, oars and safety equipment should always be available onboard the craft in case of equipment failure or an emergency arises.

Find a Tender at Nautical Ventures

Nautical Ventures has been given the award Top 100 Dealer for 2 consecutive years and employs a highly trained staff along with carrying top named tender brands like Highfield, Novurania, FRIB and more. Contact Nautical Ventures today or stop by their 3 locations and sea trial a tender for yourself.

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