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In need of a new tender? Then you may need to consider a waiting period of one year to 18 months for available engines and accessories.
Due to COVID-19, the marine industry has been facing big problems with the stock of marine engines of all types (outboard, inboard, diesel and petrol), and spare parts. According to most manufacturers, it could even be worse in 2022, with a price increase from 7% to 20% on some products.
Taking all of this into consideration, now is the perfect time to look into the option of a complete tender refit.
If you have an old tender in reasonable condition, then removing the engine and stern drive, or opening the jet pump, will allow you to inspect all mechanical parts. Before removing the engine, we recommend carrying out a compression test and an oil test, as that will give you a good insight into the general condition of your engine. Once this has been done, you will have a clear idea of an approximate cost for the refit.
From there, you may need the following quotes:
There are many important things to consider when getting a tender engine serviced, including:
It is also important to check all electrical looms and connectors while the engine is out, as these are usually made of very small pins that are prone to corrosion. Usually, we recommend changing all rocker switches and brakers with new connections as well.
It may not be a big financial investment but it’s worth the effort to avoid the inconvenience of failure during a busy season.
Make sure your bilge pump systems are working correctly and in perfect condition, as it is common for tenders to suffer due to poor original installation. Most of the tender’s bilge pumps are submersible bilge pumps, and with this type of system it is impossible to dry the bilges. This can cause mechanical and electrical corrosion, and ultimately results in break downs.
Always try to have a minimum of two or three bilge pumps and ensure that at least one is a diaphragm pump. This will allow you to dry your bilge compartments perfectly and avoid so many troubles in the future. If your bilge compartments are kept dry and you spray WD40 on all mechanical parts every two weeks, your engine will be kept as new.
Depending on the condition of the gelcoat hull and deck, it may be worth looking into partial repairs or investing in a full complete paintwork. Complete paintwork involves a lot of dismantling of accessories but this is the only way to get a perfect result. Masking around accessories can be a bad decision, as after a few weeks or months of use, the paint can start to peel and will not look its best.
If the tube or foam fender is tired or disformed, go for a new tube or a completely new foam fender covered with Hypalon fabric. Your tender, once the job is finished, will look like new.
When it comes to upholstery, a complete new set of cushions and backrests can completely change the look of your tender.
It is important to check for stainless steel damages and have them fixed and polished. Most tenders have swim ladders at the stern, where you can find the propellers, jet pumps or outboards – this can make boarding from the water very difficult. Investing in a wide, custom foldable swim ladder at midship would be extremely beneficial and a lot safer for your guests.
If you pair a low-profile tender with garage storage that does not allow high free board, then you can expect complaints from guests when they get unnecessarily wet. Installing a foldable, removable bow dodger is an ideal option for both guests and owners, as it will prevent clients from getting wet whilst cruising or getting back on board the boat.
New inboard diesel tenders can cost between €80,000 and €300,000 (c. $79,000 and $336,000) depending on the size of the tender. A complete tender refit, however, comes at a much cheaper price, ranging from €45,000 to €100,000 (c. $50,000 and $112,000) depending on the size and the work involved (the engine and paintwork can be the most expensive).
Instead of waiting for a new tender to arrive, a tender refit can be carried out in only two to three months and won’t require any lifting arrangements or garage layout changes.
You know how easy or difficult the handling of the craning is, as you have been using your tender for years. A refit ensures there’s no risk of new bad experiences!
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