A tender is a boat that "tends to" a larger boat, transporting people and/or supplies to and from shore. Tenders are typically used for yachts that are too big to dock at a marina and must anchor offshore; however, larger recreational boats could also have a tender boat, usually referred to as a "dinghy". While most tenders today have at least one engine, there are many types of tender boats - from rowboats to high-end rigid inflatable boats (RIB).
How are Tenders built?
The original tender boat was a small wooden boat, often without an engine. Nowadays, tender boats are often V-hulled fiberglass boats or RIBS that are powered by an outboard engine(s).
What type of engines power Tenders?
Tender boats are most often powered by outboard engines; however, some tenders are as simple as rowboats, but that is not common. Typically, the larger the "mothership", the larger the tender will be and the more power it will have.
Optional equipment for Tenders
Since tender boats are used for primarily one purpose - to transport people and supplies - they tend to be fairly basic and without a lot of bells and whistles. Seating and storage are the most important features of a tender and may be customized and upgraded, depending on the type of tender an owner has. The brand and number of engines can be customized based on the type of tender boat, as well.