Best Tender?

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Benedetta, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Benedetta

    Benedetta New Member

    2
    Aug 10, 2019
    1998 480 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3196TA
    We have just purchased a 1998 480 Sedan bridge with TNT hydraulic swim platform. We plan to cruise Bahamas and Keys and are shopping for a tender that will fit the platform, and also be suitable for reprovisioning as well as recreation (diving/snorkeling etc.). Virtually every photo I have seen of 480SBs with a tender shows an RIB/inflatable of some sort. Any suggestions or tales of woe to share? How about little jet boats instead? Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
  2. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    the williams jet tenders are cool, but very expensive and are harder to maintain in a salt water environment - that is why the outboards are so prevalent - the jets are likely safer for diving an watersports as well as stow and tie down.....as far as RIB vs solid, its nice to have the bouyency, a place to sit and built in fender! there is a hybrid brand that looks/fuctions like a rib, but is ridgid - so no tubes to worry about puncturing or degrading in the sun (make sure you get hypalon if you get a RIB. as far as size, im sure some 48/50/52 owners will chime in, but my guess is 11' - I would assume you could go bigger with a jet as there is no tilted up outboard to deal with
     
  3. Benedetta

    Benedetta New Member

    2
    Aug 10, 2019
    1998 480 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3196TA
    Ah so - that makes sense about maintaining a jet vs outboard. And all good points about comfort and buoyancy.I will check out Hypalon. Thanks for the tips.
     
  4. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I am partial to center console RIB with outboard. Have had a jet boat before (full size), not excited about that path again.

    Previous was Zodiac (now Avalon or something) with a 40hp Yamaha.
    Current is an AB with 50hp Yamaha.

    AB is superior ride, handling, and all around performance. Downside on AB is cheap stainless.

    A lot of the decision comes down to how you use it. This afternoon we rode 6-7 miles down the ICW for lunch. Yesterday it was 4-5 miles the other direction for lunch.

    We go almost every day we are on the boat. Comfort and performance is very important to us.
     
  5. Dani-Lu

    Dani-Lu Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    509
    Apr 20, 2007
    Long Island - Great South Bay / Delray Beach, Fl.
    2001 410DA
    3126 Cats
    Wow, crappy stainless on AB. I am in the market for a 9’ RIB and was looking at the 9’ fiberglass RIB AB’s online. I figured it was a quality dinghy, based on the price points. What brand would you suggest, if not AB? I have heard bad things about Zodiac and some other brands. Achilles? Defender?
     
  6. Larry

    Larry Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2006
    Oakland, NJ
    2004 42 Sundancer
    Hydraulic platform
    Cockpit air
    KVH M3
    450hp Cummins
    I just bought the Zodiac Yachtline DL340 (11’ 2”) center console with 40hp Yamaha, bought it from Defender in CT, paid about $20k all in. Have put about 40hrs on it already this summer, very happy!
     
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  7. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    905
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    I’m in the process of purchasing a Zodiac 310 with console and Yamaha F20. I wouldn’t want to go bigger on my boat but you definitely could. I wouldn’t hesitate to go to a 340 or more with your boat. As others have said, performance and comfort are everything as we’ll use it for longer outings away from the mother ship. Definitely go console, and go with the biggest rib and engine you can. You won’t regret it.
     
  8. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    426
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    I
    My friends had a jet tender and were not impressed with it. They can afford what they want so went with a high end model . A manufacturing and engineering problem plagued theirs . A seam where the jet protrudes was designed backwards so that when under way water was being forced into the seam causing it to fail.. They had ur professionally repaired and dumped it. Sadly they have moved on from boat ownership but get a little time in on my folks old trawler now.Their cost analysis dictated by outrageous marina fees for regular maintenance items scared them away after a few years.
     
  9. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    I have a Walker Bay Generation 340 and am very happy with it. Most of out decision to go ether Walker Bay was the open cockpit floor plan and we love it for that reason. No other problems with it so far so overall very happy with it.
     
  10. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I would still buy the AB without hesitation. Friends who owned an AB told me about the stainless issue as a heads up. They said they would still buy it again.

    Just have to watch it closer. The overall improvement in ride and performance of the AB is worth the hassle of the stainless.
     
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    What is this stainless issue?
     
  12. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Express Hardtop “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    How are you planning to get it on the swim platform? Seems like a lot of weight to man handle. We are looking for one for the Sabre and the 290 tiller setup seems to be about the max our Davit System (Hurley H3O) will handle.

    H
     
  13. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Prone to show rust. Rebedding helped. Just have to stay on top of polishing and clean.
     
  14. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    905
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Hey Henry ...I've got a SeaWise Hydraulic lift/davit system (rated for 700lbs). They're a local company here in Vancouver. The dinghy weighs 380lbs all in fully loaded.

    This is what I've got:

     
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  15. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    442
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gS165 w Quantum HD Radar
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I love my Achilles 350 with 30 Hp Honda. You buy the boat bare and out fit with center console, seat/ fuel tank box,etc. The center console ribs with molded in seating and integral fuel tank look sexy but are far less roomy and useful as a tender IMHO. I get comments often from guys who run ABs, Mercurys and the like about how much more useful space my Achilles has.
     
  16. JB MARSHALL

    JB MARSHALL Member

    122
    Aug 1, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    2009-48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    I purchased a 10VS AB in April along with a 20HP Yamaha with no issues thus far. It works for what we need it for and sits on the platform like it's not even there.
     
  17. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    247
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    We have a10.2 Aventus RIB with a 9.9 Merc on our GHS platform. Although, I am looking to upgrade to a center console dink, just need to find a buyer for my current one.
     
  18. Dani-Lu

    Dani-Lu Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    509
    Apr 20, 2007
    Long Island - Great South Bay / Delray Beach, Fl.
    2001 410DA
    3126 Cats
    I am looking for an open RIB. Never heard of Aventus.
     

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