“So, Coyle...just what is the perfect tender?” you ask. Friend, I pull a classic 13-foot Whaler. It seats six (inside the boat), is unsinkable, and is not allergic to dock nails, knives or fishhooks — I have more faith in it than my life raft. The tender has survived thousands of miles, three hurricanes and my two children, who treated it like a water toy while learning boat handling. After this summer’s paint job it looks better than new, which is fortunate, because they don’t build the classic anymore.