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WEST MARINE WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy

Model # 11985504Mfg # WMTENDER94

$599.99

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Modified tri-hull design for stability and plenty of space

Rugged polyethylene construction and a cathedral hull shape create a stable boat with a comfortable ride. Molded-in carrying handles and stern lifting rings make transportation a breeze. The high density polyethylene double hull construction meets all NMMA and Coast Guard safety standards. Includes waterproof deckplate storage to keep your wallet, cellphone or other small personal items dry. Rated to carry up to three people and a 5hp engine. Oars and oarlocks sold separately. Made in the USA.

  • Application: Rigid Tender or Fishing boat
  • Hull Material: High-density polyethylene
  • Construction: Thermo-formed 2-piece hull and deck
  • Hull Shape: Modified tri-hull
  • 9'4"H x 52"W x 21"H
  • Weight: 110lb.
  • Capacity: 480lb.
  • Maximum HP: 5
  • Standard Hardware: Molded-in carry handles, stern lifting rings. molded-in seats
  • Available Accessories: Oarlock horns and sleeves
  • Color: White
  • Warranty: Two years (hull and deck); One year (component parts)
  • Made in the USA

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West MarineWaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Stable/seaworthy (9)
  • Performs well (7)
  • Stores compactly (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family use (7)
    • Tender for cruising boat (5)
    • Angling (3)
    • Exploring new areas (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Family boater (8), Weekend cruiser (5), Angler (3)

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good stuff

    By Rambini

    from Freeport, Grand Bahama

    About Me Family boater

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to assemble
    • Performs well
    • Stable/seaworthy
    • Stores compactly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family use
      • Tender for cruising boat

      Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

      I also have an inflatable dinghy but this one feels more 'boat' and is easy to get out of the water.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good utility dinghy

      By KC

      from Whidbey Island, WA

      About Me Weekend cruiser

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Clean
      • Stable/seaworthy

      Cons

      • Low Capacity

      Best Uses

      • Tender for cruising boat

      Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

      We have had this boat for 3 years... and for our use it works very well. We cruise in the NW which often requires a stern tie to shore which is sometime encrusted with barnicles, oysters or muscles. An inflatable would be a liability. This dinghy is indestructible. When not rowing, we power it with a 3.5HP outboard. A very nice combination.
      There are a few things we would improve. Load capacity is fairly low... "3 persons or 359 lbs". I weigh 180 lbs myself which renders it to be a two person boat. Four adults would definitely be out of the question. Secondly, there is no way to drain the boat while on davits like you could with most inflatables. It rains a lot here in the NW and the added weight of rainwater could compromise our davits. Long term storage on davits is not possible because of this issue.
      But for our use, we would buy it again. If we were cruising in less protected waters, we would go with an RIB.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Perfect for children

      By Weekend laker

      from Savannah GA

      About Me Family boater

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Performs well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family use

        Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

        We live on a large lake in GA and cannot have boats with gas engines. This boat was perfect for my children to use in the lake. Very sturdy. Cleans really easy. Very light for taking out of the water.

        (12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not the best with an outboard

        By PhotoDesign

        from Tampa Bay

        About Me Angler, Weekend cruiser

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Handles Wakes Well
        • Inexpensive
        • Spacious Bow
        • Stores compactly

        Cons

        • Low Hull Speed
        • Low Stern With Outboard
        • Non Planing Hull
        • Poor Cg With Outboard
        • Wet underway

        Best Uses

        • Angling
        • Exploring new areas
        • Intercoastal Waterway
        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

        The stern rides very low (and the center of gravity shifts dramatically) when adding an outboard. It is very unstable in the back and will take on water if the pilot leans back at all. Also, due to its design, it will not plane with a 5 hp (max allowed) outboard. This limits it to a top speed of 5.5 knots (6.3 MPH) based on empirical calculation, speed-length ratio, and real-world performance (GPS SOG). Because of the tri-hull design, it does handle wakes made by larger vessels.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic boat for our small lake.

        By Berta

        from Roswell, GA

        About Me Family boater

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Get Out Of Lake
        • Stable/seaworthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family use

          Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

          We live on a small lake in Georgia and cannot have large boats. This is perfect for our lake. Since we can't leave it in the water overnight, it is light enough and easy enough to get in and out of the water (of course, requiring two people). So far, so good.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Boat!

          By Brody

          from Fleming Island , FL.

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Stable/seaworthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Tender for cruising boat

            Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

            I used to have this Boat in Vermont on Lake Champlain and am buying another one soon. I had a 5 hp Honda on it and it handled flawlessly. Great boat and can be found at a great price in the used market.

            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this little thing!

            By Q.

            from NJ

            About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Performs well
            • Stable/seaworthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Exploring new areas
              • Tender for cruising boat

              Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

              I have one of these from 2003. Darn good little boat.

              We primarily use it as a dinghy for our cruiser but we have used it in lakes and streams as well for fishing trips. Works just as nicely with an electric trolling motor as it does a gas powered engine, obviously, speed varies.

              Don't think you could find anything more stable than this tender! I am also convinced that it is virtually sink-proof. After a few storms we have had it fill up with rain water within an inch from the top and it still remained afloat.

              (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great buy

              By Dave8976

              from Ontario Canada

              About Me Family boater

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Performs well
              • Stable/seaworthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family use

                Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

                I have this boat for the past 6 years and it has been a great boat. I use it to travel to and from my cottage back to a public dock area. I have used it to transport building material as well. The boat is light enough to be place onto of a Caravan for transportation. I use a 3.5 HP motor and find it to be well balanced.

                I would recommend in fact I would buy this again.

                (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Weekend fishin

                By Time Out

                from Renton, Wa

                About Me Angler, Family boater, Weekend cruiser

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Performs well
                • Stable/seaworthy
                • Stores compactly

                Cons

                • No drain plug

                Best Uses

                • Angling
                • Exploring new areas
                • Family use
                • Safety, regatta support

                Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

                Great boat. I have searched [@] But buying a boat sight unseen and with no lake to test float. You might have just purchased a anchor lol. West Marine is VERY helpful.Ordered on-line paid when went to pick up. Only took 1 week from time of order to arrival. Also your new boat comes with a Warranty. My wife and I load it in our truck with ease. We have had 3ppl in it, with a Gel Optima battery, Minn Kota 50lb thrust, poles, tackle box, seat pads, life vest, and still room for fish :)

                (46 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                PERFECT FOR MY PURPOSE

                By Gary

                from White Lake Twp., Michigan

                About Me Angler, Family boater, Long distance cruiser

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Performs well
                • Stable/seaworthy

                Cons

                • No drain plug

                Best Uses

                • Angling
                • Family use

                Comments about WaterTender 9.4 Rowing Dinghy:

                I recently purchased this boat for my 11 year old's birthday. He loves to fish so I was looking for a boat that was easy to handle, but most of all stable. We put an electric motor on it and it is everything I hoped for. The stability is great! My son loves his new boat and is very proud of it. It's the perfect boat for him. I enjoy going out with him also. If you are thinking about a stable boat in this category, I highly recommend it.

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