The choice and features of the operation of the tender for the yacht
Denis Korablev
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The choice and features of the operation of the tender for the yacht

The tender perfectly complements any yacht, moreover, on the yacht rented in yacht rental its presence is highly desirable, as it provides comfortable mooring when disembarkation. With it you can explore shallow bays and bays, it is convenient to deliver guests from the shore and back, entertain children (and not only), in addition, in extreme situations it is simply irreplaceable.

Before buying, you need to answer yourself the following questions:

  1. Will the tender be used only for its intended purpose: to disembark passengers and crew ashore?
  2. In what area is the boat planned to be used?
  3. What is the maximum disturbance of the water surface?
  4. Will it be possible to organize entertainment with its help, for example, riding on cheesecakes (banana) or water skiing?

This information will help determine the size and configuration of the tender, with engine power, with additional options; which will determine the purchase price. Modern models are varied: their length can be from three to fifteen meters, and the capacity is from 2-3 people to 20-30.

Which tenders are in demand?

When making a purchase, the sales assistant will, first of all, inquire about the size of your yacht and where (how) the tender is planned to be stored. When choosing a model, pay attention to the weight, dimensions and method of lowering the boat onto the water surface.

On yachts, the length of which is from 20 to 50 meters, it is recommended to use an inflatable tender of the RIB type (with a rigid base and inflatable sides) with an outboard engine. There are models with jet engines, which are installed inside the hull (all moving propellers are hidden) and therefore are safe for bathers; besides, they develop good speed.

RIB tenders are serially issued for small vessels, but the manufacturer provides an opportunity to place a special order for a super-elite yacht. In this case, the boat will be made in a single copy, taking into account the wishes of the customer in full.

The company AerMarine from Italy issues tenders in aluminum with a rigid body and "soft nose". Unique solution to the problem: blown away from the hull, the bow allows the boat to be placed 70 centimeters longer than the existing garage. Alusmart models are lightweight and comfortable with high performance and low power consumption.

On yachts over fifty meters in length we recommend "limousines" equipped with a closed cabin for important passengers and VIP guests.

Sometimes on large yachts there are several boats at once to solve various tasks:

  • SOLAS ensures the safety of the crew and passengers;
  • a limousine delivers guests to and from their destinations;
  • RIB is used for fishing and other water activities;
  • tender for the current work of the crew.

Where to place the tender?

Usually yachts have a garage aft, as an option, you can attach the tender to the swimming platform. Jet skis and tender are sometimes placed at the bow of a large vessel, using the open space aft for a beach club.

Key recommendations

Tender is an irreplaceable assistant and useful toy, and when using expensive toys certain rules must be observed. Remember that the difficulty of tender handling is directly proportional to the engine power. With a powerful motor, there is a high probability of losing control and overturning.

Before launch:

  1. Check the availability of a technical kit (anchor, mini-first aid kit, motor), as well as a supply of gasoline or the level of charge of an electric motor.
  2. Make sure that there is no damage to the bottom, sides of the boat and lockers. Inflatable cavities should be pumped up; liquidate any leaks immediately.
  3. Put documents and all valuables in a waterproof bag or bag.
  4. Secure the radio using the special mounts.
  5. With an inflatable tender structure, it is necessary to check whether the “bleed valves” that release excess hot air to the outside are working properly. If the UV radiation is intense enough, then the air inside the structure expands, and this can lead to rupture of the bottom or sides.
  6. Make sure the drain plug is not leaking; take particular care to examine boats with self-draining cockpits (drain valves in the stern).

Remember the rules of safe water recreation:

  1. Only those wearing life jackets are allowed to board.
  2. The cargo should be stowed "symmetrically" to avoid overloading the boat.
  3. Attach the safety line securely to the fold under the knee or just to the leg. Be aware that the propeller can be a serious hazard if handled roughly.
  4. Place the phone in a sealed bag, away from the walkie-talkie. It is impossible to exclude the breakdown of the walkie-talkie during a walking trip. The phone can be very useful if radio communication is unavailable.
  5. Be sure to inform the rest of the ship in which direction you are going and when you will return, at least roughly.
  6. At the bow of the boat, keep track of the length of the mooring line, as even light touching of the propeller will result in breakage.
  7. When organizing entertainment (banana or water skiing), be sure to appoint a person who will look after the towed ones; under no circumstances place this duty on the helmsman!

As noted by the experts 2yachts, when using an electric motor, do not forget to charge the battery in order to prepare for the next trip in advance. Give your tender enough attention to keep it clean, reliable and safe!

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