How to choose

How to choose the right tender for you

OCTenders has been built to maximise 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 OC 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.


OC Tenders are shipped overseas in custom built crates all over the world.

The crates are built by our team and made of solid, treated plywood and transported to Auckland to be shipped overseas by your preferred freight forwarder or we can recommend one.

All overseas shipped tenders are GST Zero Rated meaning you do not need to pay the GST content in NZ, only at destination (if any).

Customizing Options

We can adapt to specific needs within the limits of the tender and willingness of the builder. We have a range of optional extras available, the most popular are:


  • Full carbon construction
  • Custom Sunbrella rubrail cover
  • Boat cover ( white and light grey only)
  • 1.6 mm alloy plate on the bottom delta panel for full abrasion protection (adds up to 5 kgs to the tender)
  • Mother vessel’s name vinyl cut
  • Fishing rod holders
  • Telescopic ladder
For more about these items check out the accessories page for details.