Boating Tips: Yacht Tenders

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Your tender is an important piece of your yachting experience. Join Captain Nick as he breaks down all you need to know about yacht tenders. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

Choosing the Best Yacht Tender

In the end, they all do the same thing: get you from your yacht to where you want to be, whether that's the beach, your favorite on-the-water restaurant or bar, etc. Essentially, when the water is too shallow for your yacht and you’ve anchored and are ready to go exploring, hop on your tender. 

There are inflatable yacht tenders, outboards, tillers and even catamaran-style tenders. It is important that you pick one that will be able to accommodate enough guests, while also being able to safely be stored on your vessel given its weight restrictions. You should also make sure you are able to safely launch and retrieve it.

Tender Storage

In the case of the Aquila that we were on in this week’s video, it uses a boom/winch system to raise and lower your vessel into the water. Many other vessels are similar or use a hydraulic platform that lowers into the water. However, in the case of super yachts, they may have a “garage” of sorts in which you literally drive your tender into for storage. 

More on Tenders

Interested in acquiring a tender for your yacht? Drop by your local MarineMax, our yacht professionals will be able to assist you with this as well as any other yachting needs that you may have. 

If your want to learn more about tenders, check out some of our additional resources such as, "MarineMax Yachts - Tenders & Dayboats" and "Boston Whaler - Love Me Tender". We’ll see you out on the water. 


You can see or hear more episodes of Boating Tips and our sister podcast, From the Helm Boating Broadcast, on The MarineMax Blog, accessible on the website or via mobile phone through the MarineMax App. You can also access more episodes on Amazon, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast news. See you out on the water! 

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