How to choose the right tender for you
O C Tenders has been built to maximize power with minimal weight. We spent a lot of brain power and time building a light boat so you can get places efficiently, safely and dry. Drag/wheel it up the beach rather than anchor out. Large engines are heavy to handle and potentially dangerous in inexperienced hands on our tenders. Things to think about before ordering the right size O C Tender:
How many passengers do you usually carry?
If on average is only 2 pax we recommend the OC300 (unless there is some storage limitation then the OC270). If 4 pax plus, we recommend the OC330 or OC350. For full time cruising or extended periods, the extra length is useful for provisions, exploration, toys and water length makes the ride more efficient. Keep in mind we don’t have “pontoons” therefore our internal volume and space far exceeds your equivalent length of an inflatable.
What HP outboard to use?
8hp (OC270 & OC300) and 15hp (OC330 & OC350) are our preferred maximum HP for our range of tenders. The lighter engine the better! Electric outboards work really well with our concept. We have many clients using Torqeedo outboards.
How do you store your tender?
Deck, davits, duckboards, cradle and cranes… we have seen it all! Our 6 standard lifting points (forward and back of thwart seat and transom) can service most of your needs. We can add custom made carbon pad eyes through the hull for the trickiest of the davits. If using davits all you need to do is provide the distance of the falls on your davits and we will be able to make an assessment of what is needed.
- Where can I buy your tenders?
We only sell direct from our factory in New Zealand. We export worldwide and can deliver either to the closest depot to you for collection or we can organize delivery directly to your marina or boatyard – you may need a forklift on site to take the crate off the truck. We also have regular container loads to Florida – USA with local support from our associates Gulf Nautical LLC. Please check our shipping page.
- Are the tenders stable?
Yes. However, there are important design differences. We have sharp water release edges and a raised profile. The rub rail is higher on the waterline, meaning the heavier the tender gets, the more stable it also becomes. With that said, it is just a matter of getting used to the side movement of the tender and learning to trust it as it won’t flip.
- What is the weight saving on a carbon boat?
Around 18%. This is a very good option for performance boats, mono hulls and powerboats that are weight placement sensitive. It is also a very manageable weight for handling if this is important for you. Carbon enables us to make a very light but still very strong tender.
- How does the tender behave in choppy conditions?
It is a hard tender, with a flat bottom for early planing so you will “feel” the ride more. You will also be much drier than a comparable tender as it releases the water sideways rather than upwards because of the design. We ask our skippers, if they know they will encounter chop and rough conditions to sit inside the tender on the seat block and ALWAYS DRIVE TO THE CONDITIONS. Our tenders are a lightweight composite structure and should be treated as such.
- Where is the floatation on your tender?
The tender is closed cell foam cored and has a full closed cell PE foam rub rail for protection. The rub rail also provides full floatation for the tender rendering it unsinkable.
- How well does it row?
It is not a rowing skiff, but it rows really well for its width and long rocker line. Long, solid NZ pine wood oars won’t disappoint. If tracking across wind gets tricky, drop one wheel (if you have wheels) to help.
- Where are the oars?
Under the deck.
- Where is the seating space?
If just cruising around, on the deck is easy and comfortable. Make sure to share the load and trim the boat accordingly, we have little black dots marked in the gunnel to guide where to sit. If going places fast or conditions are less than ideal, sit inside the tender using the seat blocks. Use the provided tiller extension to help with trimming.
- Can you place a center console on your tender?
We don’t recommend it as it will take all your cargo space and make the tender heavy. We will be producing the OC400 which will have the option for a console – watch this space.
- What are the black blocks in the tender for? (a.k.a. Seat Blocks)
The seat blocks are to be used for sitting in the tender when driving at speed, when going upwind in choppy conditions and for rowing. Use the seat block on the lengthwise position for driving and upward position for rowing. They also make great extra seating on the salon or for sundowners on the beach. The seat block is a floatation devise in case you need to provide assistance to others or yourself. The straps can be placed around the shoulder or put your leg through the strap and hang on to the block.
- What are the black round circles on the inside of the deck?
Where your passengers should sit for best trimming of the tender.
- Can I step /walk on the deck of the tender?
Absolutely, this is why we have the full non skid on the deck.
- Why do you recommend and provide a tiller extension?
Our tenders are proper boats which require trimming. The boat likes to ride slightly bow down as that is where is its design has the V shape to help part the water more efficiently in most conditions. The tiller extension provides you the opportunity to bring the weight forward and also (if driving alone) to lean the tender to one side minimizing water drag and allowing you to plane with as little as a 3hp.
- Should I have a full alloy delta on my tender?
All our tenders already have alloy plates on high abrasion areas such as the transom area and the drop plate by the bow. The full alloy delta protects the full delta (flat area) of the tender, protecting the area very effectively from rocks and corals. However, it adds considerable weight. Your decision will depend on the beach conditions you expect to encounter during your trip. If you know you will encounter coral and rocky beaches frequently then you are better off with a full alloy delta. If you are embarking on an extended cruise, it may pay off to have extra protection. Otherwise the wheels will do the job of protecting the bottom well enough.
- How do I drain the boat?
There is a large bung which opens from the inside making it easy to drain the tender on the plane if you prefer to do it this way, otherwise use your davits to drain. Always carry a bailer and sponge to take the leftover water. There is an option to add an extra bung to the transom if needed.
- Short or long shaft for the outboard?
Short shaft is always the preferred size.
For more about these items check out the accessories page for details.