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    Default Help me choose a budget tender

    I am looking to buy a cheap inflatable tender no longer than 230cm. The main thing that I want it to have in an inflatable bottom as appose to those plastic planks. The Zodiac I have now is about 10 years old, leaks everywhere is heavy as hell and is just too big (280cm). I realise that nothing I buy on the cheap now is going to last 10 years but even half that will be decent.

    I have been looking at the 3D tender World Travel 200
    https://www.3dtender.com/FOLDABLE-TE...48-94-0-0.html

    and the Hydroforce Caspian 230
    https://www.nootica.fr/marque/hydro-...e-caspian.html

    I do not know these companies but from what I read on the forum the 3D tenders seem decent. The price is about the same but the Hydroforce is almost 5 kg heavier! That is obviously a big difference so does that mean the material used is more durable?

    Just guessing here but none of these two are probably made out of hypalon right?

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    I have just retired my trusty Waveline 2.9 v hull after 12 years of constant use throughout the year, uncovered. So, I would recommend a Waveline; all modern inflatables are polyester/pvc. Look at marinescene.co.uk

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTAIN FANTASTIC View Post
    I all modern inflatables are polyester/pvc. Look at marinescene.co.uk
    Dinghies made from hypalon type material are still available.

    http://www.abinflatables.com/why-ab/
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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    Quote Originally Posted by TQA View Post
    Dinghies made from hypalon type material are still available.

    http://www.abinflatables.com/why-ab/
    Oh, come on! The OP asked about a "budget tender". Do you know the prices of AB inflatables???

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    well ive just chosen one. an Avon, solid and cheap as chips, stuck a seagull on it and could not be happier. Might have a few laughs h along the way though.

    Steveeasy

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    The 3D in the link has a slatted not inflatable floor ?

    I've seen some reports saying they are rather fragile.

    I don't know the Annexe range.

    A couple of years ago I compared all the budget inflatables on the UK market and the Seago 230 was best overall for specicification - inc weight and inflatable floor - and value so I bought one, it's nowhere near the quality of the Zodiac 240 I had before but seems fine.

    NB if stowed size is important a ' round tail ' will go into much smaller spaces than a solid transom model; they still come with an outboard bracket though this is rather bulky to stow, if I intended to motor my Seago much I would modify the bracket.
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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    Hello,

    Last year I order one of these from Spain and delivered to Greece. Free shipping and very satisfied.


    https://www.accesorionautico.com/qui...flatable-floor

    Regards Luis

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    I recall someone buying one of these light weight tenders and being very worried at stability once inflated and afloat having carried down the backpack and launched from the marina pontoon. I would have thought it would be worth trying out any lightweight version as compared to a zodiac it might be rather alarming in use. I guess it depends on how brave you crew is and number of passengers etc. We have a small seago which rolls up for the stern locker and can be carried below by one person etc however I much prefer using our larger quicksilver to be honest .

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    Default Re: Help me choose a budget tender

    Quote Originally Posted by miha90 View Post
    I am looking to buy a cheap inflatable tender no longer than 230cm. The main thing that I want it to have in an inflatable bottom as appose to those plastic planks. The Zodiac I have now is about 10 years old, leaks everywhere is heavy as hell and is just too big (280cm). I realise that nothing I buy on the cheap now is going to last 10 years but even half that will be decent.

    I have been looking at the 3D tender World Travel 200
    https://www.3dtender.com/FOLDABLE-TE...48-94-0-0.html

    and the Hydroforce Caspian 230
    https://www.nootica.fr/marque/hydro-...e-caspian.html

    I do not know these companies but from what I read on the forum the 3D tenders seem decent. The price is about the same but the Hydroforce is almost 5 kg heavier! That is obviously a big difference so does that mean the material used is more durable?

    Just guessing here but none of these two are probably made out of hypalon right?
    I borrowed a 3D tender for a couple of days. Normally used to a Plastimo 2.3m and thought the 3D was a better boat- roomier, more stable and still easy to carry. I know nothing about the Hydroforce Captain but certainly the 3D is a good choice.

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