First Tender Ride
Took our tender out for her maiden voyage. Guess we should have cracked a tiny little bottle of champagne on the bow? It's a great ride. Walker Generation 400.
It's got a sweet little Garmin display. Everything works just like on Mahalo, so nothing new to learn here. It's integrated with the Yamaha engine too, so you can easily check its status.
We played around with some different mounting locations. Most Endurance boats have the tender athwart ships (sideways). This does involve an incredibly expensive modification to that stair railing. I walked around the marina and you literally see every mounting configuration possible.
In a fore and aft config like this, more often the outboard is hanging off the back. But I really don't like that look for our boat. Plus, this way, it's super easy to work on the outboard when you want to. You can get completely around the tender, which you cannot in the athwart ships config.
Note that it isn't centered, the actual location will be dead on center which is about 18" or so to the right. Our two kayaks will then fit very nicely on the port side. I did some measuring, and with athwart ships, and two kayaks forward, it's the same amount of space used up as this config.
This config also has advantages as far as through bolting the pad eyes. So I think this is the winner.
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