We just purchased a new tender. It is the 3rd tender since we got our boat in 2010. The first one was from Seatec (SVB - Germany) and its weight was about 30 Kg. In the middle of the summer of 2014 we bought a 3D Tender Light. As the previous one it had an inflatable floor but weighted just 12 Kg. The weight was the reason we bought it. It had no inflatable keel as the the Seatec one and the diameter of the tubes was also smaller. But it was very easy to pull it out of the water and place it in the front of the mast. The main problem was the wind when towed at the back of our boat. One night in Cefalu (Sicily) a 2 hour storm came along while we were at anchor and the tender just turned upside down with our 2.5 HP Honda completed emerged in the water. From that day on, we never towed the dinghy with the engine on its transom. But, without the engine weight, any 20 knots of wind were able to put the dinghy flying on the back of our boat.
Lifting the tender to the front of the mast
So, next May, a new 2,5m QuickSilver tender is waiting for us!
We bought it here for a very reasonable price (just 38 euros more for shipping to Greece!). It weights 28 Kg and now I am 67 years old! So I am planning a system to lift the tender out of the water. We can not use any of the halyards as it would require to take the sails out. So I am thinking in using a simple block on the extremity of the first cross tree and to conduit a 8mm line through it. The line would pass the genoa traveller car and then would reach the genoa winch. A sketch of the system is in here. Next May I will see if it works!