Written by Catamaran Guru
Today Catamaran Guru is excited to fill you in on a great rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufactured in North America by a US company. We just bought the 12 ft 365 Odyssey Supertender Deluxe for our new Lagoon 450 Sport Top. We will be using this tender / dinghy during our crossing from France back to the US (stay tuned to follow us across the ocean!) and then on charter and for cruising. Walker Bay prides itself on its state-of-the-art technology and superior construction. They have won a dozen awards for product innovation, design, and commendable business practices.
We did the research and it has all the features that we want for our tender. The hull is designed to deflect water and therefor reduce spray. The 18" pontoons are big enough to ensure a dry bottom and are fitted with a heavy-duty rub rail/splash guard and are also resistant to extreme temperatures, U.V. rays, gas, oil, chemicals, & abrasions. It is fitted with a huge locker in the front with additional seating, cupholders and more. AND it is backed by a 10-Year Limited Warranty. We have owned many dinghies over the years and have tried all of them. The Walker Bay is perfect for a cruising boat, with lots of storage, great stability, and exceptional durability. We are convinced that this is the dinghy for us.
Find a Dealer http://walkerbay.com/inflatable-boats/dealer-locator/
We found that the Supertender was an awesome dinghy with features of more expensive RIBs. They can be used for different sizes of boats depending on how much weight the davitz can carry. The most popular Supertender sizes are 10' and 12' to service cats 40' to 45'. Do you own a Supertender or are you thinking about fitting your catamaran with one? Let us know.
*We added this dinghy to the Proudly American section but Michael Carroll, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Walker Bay, wanted to clarify "100% North American built" and explains: "We are an American company for over 20 years. We moved our assembly from Washington State to Monterrey Mexico about 5 years ago as we made a decision to no longer outsource to Asia for many reasons. We still build many of the parts and 50% of our hulls (polypropylene production) in the USA Washington State Plant and assemble in the MX factory. Mexico is part of North America and so all are NAFTA compliant. I just want to be upfront about this as it is not something we hide...".