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LKS posted 08-22-2001 07:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for LKS   Send Email to LKS  
Help! Looking for definitive definitions of dinghy vs. tender. We have an 11' Whaler, used as a tender/harbor hopper on days that it's too soupy to be out on the big lake. Our marina has just advised us that our tiny tender does not qualify as a "dinghy" (although it does qualify as a tender under our insurance policy). My brother-in-law says that dinghys may be either soft-sided OR hard-sided (as in sailing dinghy) and that the terms dinghy and tender are interchangeable. Unfortunately, my copy of Chapmans is on the boat, 1.5 hours away. Need some nautical expertise, please. Otherwise, you're likely to see a posting in Marketplace (which we DON'T want to do). Thanks for your help. -- Lor
Tom W Clark posted 08-22-2001 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You want a definitive definition? Take it to the United States Supreme Court.

Seriously, there is no definitive definition of dinghy vs. tender. General definitions are dinghy: a small rowboat, tender: a boat that tends to a larger vessel. A dinghy may also, but not necessarily, be a tender.

What they are constructed of is irrelevant. The fact may be that your marina has its own definition of dinghy and that's probably the only definition that is relevant. Their definition may be based on length, weight, method of propulsion, ect. Heck it might say: "A dinghy must be red, built of Cedar strips with a gold leafed gunwale and transom and only rowed while wearing white bucks and a blue blazer with the appropriate ensign"! What are you gonna' do?

However, this all assumes they have a definition of dinghy in writing. If they don't, well, they've left themselves open to a good argument. Prepare to dig in.

Tom W Clark posted 08-22-2001 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
OK, I looked it up in my (1967) Chapmans. Dinghy is defined even more broadly as "a small open boat". There is no definition of "tender" as a noun.
Dick posted 08-22-2001 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My 1979 Chapmans expands a little bit.
"Tenders include dinghies and larger boats employed to carry persons and supplies to and from large yachts or ships".

You may not need the blue blazer on a tender.


Makonut posted 08-23-2001 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
din*ghy (noun), plural dinghies

[Bengali dingi & Hindi dingi]

First appeared 1810

1 : an East Indian rowboat or sailboat

2 a : a small boat carried on or towed behind a larger boat as a tender or a lifeboat

b : a small sailboat

3 : a rubber life raft

(No where does it mention a engine)

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