What You Need To Consider When Buying A Tender Or RIB

When it comes to purchasing a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) or a tender, there are many factors that you should consider before making your choice. There is a lot to choose from on the market, and it is sometimes hard to know where to start your search. Below are some of the factors you will need to consider before making your choice, which can help you get started, so you know what will be best for your needs.

Choosing The Correct Size

You must choose the correct size craft for your needs, and although you can find that a 12 foot RIB has plenty of space for people and provisions, if there are only two of you pulling it up onto the beach, you will find it hard going. You will need to trade-off between the size and weight of the craft, and it may be worthwhile considering a single skin RIB which can be 10-20% lighter, although a RIB with a double floor will stay drier, they may be too much if crewed by only two people.

How Much Power You Require?

Another vital factor to consider is the amount of power you are going to need in your RIB or tender, and this can significantly affect the price of the vessel as well. It will be worth the time and effort to find your local Williams Jet Tenders dealer and speak to them about the various available options. You can explain your needs and what you are using the vessel for, and they will be able to direct you to the most suitable options. You will want to have plenty of power in your RIB or tender so that it will plane on the water, making for a smoother ride, and there are plenty of different outboard motors from which you can choose.

The Vessels Layout

Depending on what you plan on using the vessel for, will dictate the ideal layout for your new acquisition, and there are various factors to consider. You will need to think about if you require any storage, especially if you are using it for recreational purposes as you will need somewhere to keep your fishing tackle or water-skiing equipment. You will also need to consider how many people are going to be using the boat at a time, and how long you will most likely use the craft at a time.


Something else which you will need to consider before purchasing a tender or RIB, is where are you going to store it? You may wish to purchase a trailer which makes it easy to take out and put in the water, and you can tow the boat back home and keep it on your drive when not using it. Alternatively, you may wish to secure a berth at your local sailing club or harbour, and the best option for you will depend on both your budget, and how often you will be using the vessel.

Do remember the factors discussed above as it can aid you in your search for the perfect craft.