Top 10 Ten­ders

WHETHER YOU DO YOUR BOAT­ING ON A BIG-TIME SPORTFISHERMAN OR A POCKET CRUISER, BOATERS TYP­I­CALLY HAVE TWO THINGS IN COM­MON, A LOVE OF THE WATER AND USE FOR A SOLID, RE­LI­ABLE TEN­DER. WE SCOURED THE BOAT SHOWS ACROSS THE COUN­TRY IN SEARCH OF THE BEST NEW TEN

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Ten­ders come in all shapes and sizes. Find­ing the right one to fit your needs—as well as your boat’s—is no small task. Thanks to this guide, it needn’t be. By Chris Caswell

The chal­lenge when as­sess­ing yacht ten­ders isn’t al­ways just what the ten­ders have to of­fer, it’s the yachts them­selves. Yachts come in all sizes and shapes, and that is what usu­ally de­ter­mines your ten­der of choice.

Sport­fish­er­men can carry large ten­ders on their long fore­decks, many Euro-style yachts have garages to tuck away mini-ten­ders, some yachts put them on hy­draulic swim plat­forms while oth­ers hoist the ten­der to the up­per deck, and more than a few yachts choose to tow larger ten­ders.

Even the planned use of the ten­der can dic­tate a size and style, with some serv­ing sim­ply as wa­ter­borne taxis to carry guests to and from shore, while oth­ers are pressed into ser­vice for wa­ter­ski­ing, tow­ing tubes, fish­ing, or div­ing.

What we’ve as­sem­bled here is a new and in­ter­est­ing mélange of ten­ders: big ones, small ones, and lots of in-betweens. All of these de­signs have fea­tures you should take into con­sid­er­a­tion when choos­ing your next ten­der. We have one that can cruise on land, jet-pow­ered ten­ders with the safety ben­e­fit of not hav­ing pro­pel­lers, com­pact ten­ders to fit into yacht garages, and we even have a tow­able cen­ter con­sole.

When choos­ing your ten­der, you’ll need to bal­ance your needs against the size ten­der you can com­fort­ably man­age aboard your yacht. You won’t re­gret buy­ing the largest ten­der that fits your bud­get and your yacht. Then it comes down to the de­tails of choos­ing the en­gine size, the var­i­ous op­tions, and don’t for­get that many ten­ders can match the color of your yacht. It’s a new world of ten­ders.

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