Choose your dinghy for Polynesia

You are wondering about the best choice you could make regarding your schedule. What brand, what model, what size? In this article we tell you everything.

At sea, your tender is the equivalent of your car on land !

Finding an ideal tender for your boat is not that easy, but it is better not to be mistaken …

There are many factors to consider in this choice. : the place we have on board to store it, the weight, the use we want to make of it: simply get off from time to time on land, do our shopping, go for a walk, go diving with, etc. .

Using your tender

The first thing to assess when looking to buy an annex is how you plan to use it. How far will you have to travel? How fast? How many materials and people do you plan to transport? Larger tenders and powerful engines weigh and cost much more, affecting your budget …

Storage of your tender

Will you be using your dinghy seasonally or year-round? Daily or punctually? Do you plan long crossings ?

How will you store your tender? On the foredeck? Suspended from davits? Stored in a trunk? Your stowage options will affect the length, weight and power that you can accommodate on board.

Depending on the answers to these questions, you will either choose a rigid or an easy-to-store model.

Size of your dinghy

The importance of choosing the right size becomes evident when you realize it. Coming back on board an undersized tender filled with errands on a windy afternoon and rough seas is an experience you will not soon forget …

For two or three people, a 2.7 m tender is the minimum required. Are you looking for even more comfort? Opt for a 3 meter model. However, this type of boat is heavier and more cumbersome. From four people start to consider a size larger.

Like shoes, it is better to take a size above than a size below.

The best tender is the best compromise

The perfect dinghy rarely exists ! Above all, you have to understand that the best choice corresponds to the best compromise! Each dinghy model has its strengths and weaknesses.
Sometimes we have the search for the quadrature of the circle. In a word it must be large inside and small outside, inexpensive but of very good quality, light but able to tame the breaking waves and rub shoulders with the reefs without damage… Such a skiff obviously does not exist it will be necessary turn to the compromise that will bring together the criteria that are closest to your lifestyle.

Pvc or Hypalon?

Here is the rough equivalent of this question: are you willing to pay twice as much for a life twice as long. Very often the budget that we have answered this question quickly. But the navigation program. The disadvantage of PVC compared to hypalon being its resistance to UV, if you take a rigid stored in the sun all year long it will be essential to take hypalon. Conversely, if the tender is stored for half a year in a safe, the pvc imposes itself by its price.

When to change your schedule?

A travel boat without a good tender is ​​like a pair of skis without a ski lift, a fishing rod without a hook, cheese without bread … Yet forced to note that most of us are bent on repairing an old vestige that will ultimately take us a long time when we would have many other things to do. In addition, the equipment you invest in the repair will not even be worth the value of your old vestige.

Resumption of your annex

Did you know ? In order to make things easier, Pro waves can study any takeover proposal that concerns your old tender.