"I first saw Craig's Ripple Tender designs in a Multihull World magazine & it caught my eye. I'd been doing a few day trips in my plywood dinghy that I use as a tender for my keel boat but it had too much rocker in the keel to plane & wasn't set up for taking the gear you need for a day trip. I wanted something small enough to be able to be launched by hand i.e. not require a trailer to be backed into the water, small enough to get into some of the shallower estuaries & lakes of inland Tasmania, fast enough to cover decent distances in daylight hours & large enough to take 2 people, fuel, lunch, safety gear etc. for a day trip. I approached Craig about lengthening the Ripple Tender to around 12 feet & he obliged.
The plans were clear & easy to follow, & assembling the kit was straight forward. Part of the reason for the project was to teach myself about fibreglassing & Craig was great in that respect - very easy to contact & always willing to answer any questions & offer helpful advice. As a 1st time builder I learnt a lot & have used what I learnt quite a lot doing small jobs on the 30' trimaran I purchased soon after starting to build the Ripple Tender 3.6m.
She is a great little boat. I have fitted a 15 h.p. outboard & she is incredibly responsive, especially solo ! The transition from diplacement to planing is smooth & you can cruise @ any speed you like. On day trips I normally cruise @ a slow plane & she is quite economical. The for'd locker looks small but holds an amazing amount of gear. I usually store beach towels, thermos, lunch, cameras, anchor, fire extinguisher, 1st aid kit etc. no problems at all. And it is dry. I have punched into 20 knot head winds with associated nasty chops & the forecastle locker remained bone dry.
As a 1st time build, this is a great project - from what I learnt I have done jobs that I would not have dreamt of attempting 12 months ago.
As a design, this is a fun little boat. I "play" with the Ripple Tender 3.6m on the river in front of my house in Tasmania have done some great day trips on Tassie's inland waterways.
If anyone is thinking of a 1st time project or a fun little day boat, I strongly recommend 1 of Craig's Ripple Tender designs."
B Furmage, Tasmania
Ripple 3.6m Tender