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Old 10-10-2007, 11:21   #16
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We lasted about two weeks with the "unload the dinghy, disconnect the motor, hoist the motor, haul the dinghy, maneuver the dinghy, lash the dinghy - and do it fast because there are squalls coming" thing.
Been doing that for almost 9 years of part time crusing with present boat: 23 Bahamas trips, another 30 FL Keys trips, etc....Lots of up and down, but again it was easy with the old light-weight dink and the old 4 HP kicker.

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Sweet looking boat. Don’t know how strong that arch is, but it looks like a pretty good start for davit supports.
Well, the "arch" is really a bunch of 1" SS tubing I bolted together and intergrated with the bimini tubing to make a frame and support for the solar-panels. Strond stuff for the panels, but any davits back there needs to be completely "independant" and bolted to the hull/coaming, but again, it is a bit busy back there and I may not have enough real-estate left to install davits, although I have not out-ruled the idea...St.Croix is a brand name I remember from the magazine ads..?
Any other..? Cost?

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Instead of a roller on the coaming--maybe capping it off with a piece of 1/2-round Delrin or similar "slippery dense plastic" would be good enough to make the dink slide right on in, with no moving parts needed?
Yup, though of that too, but have not figured out the nuts and bolts of such a set-up, mainly because the teak coaming has the profile of an L .
Still on the drawing board, but good deas are always welcome: that is why I come on this here board every time I have a problem.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:48   #17
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.St.Croix is a brand name I remember from the magazine ads..?
Any other..? C.

I got davits from Ocean Marine for my CS36. Very good service and he'll talk you through the installation if you need.
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Whatever the profile of the coaming is...take a delrin "two by four" (Grainger, McMaster, etc.) or a piece of plastic decking lumber (might work well enough and it would be brown) and just figure out how to screw it down as a "cap" or sister on the teak. Then, using conventional woodworking tools (router, lathe, saw, plane) figure out how to make a half-round top on it. Voila, simple job. One hopes.
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Old 10-10-2007, 19:09   #19
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Voila, simple job. One hopes.
Hmm, plan B for sure.

More on that later, now into the fighting mode...Not good for my blood pressure..
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You say you used the dink. I wouldn't have. I can't believe the dealer is not willing to take the thing back. Probably would have been easier before you inflated it and took it cruising.

You say you made a request and you haven't heard back. Let's not assume the worst. Maybe you should call him and explain your remedies to the situation. Are you willing to take the PVC one that weighs in at teh correct weight?

If you paid by CC you may be able to contest the charge but I bet there is a middle ground to be found.
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Old 10-10-2007, 21:19   #21
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No, never used it...

Pumped it up, it sat on my porch for 5 weeks, (under cover) then we wrestled it onto the foredeck of my sailboat..Then we went sailing..Then we came back from sailing..My muscle buddies helped me off-load the dink at the dock, but it has never been on the water.

It sat for a while, no problem, but when we lifted and wrestled the thing I got suspicious, it sure felt heavy for being 80 lbs...I may be easy going, but not an idiot..
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How about referring the dealer to this thread and pointing out all the good publicity he will get if he swaps the dinghy out for the lighter model?
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:02   #23
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How about referring the dealer to this thread and pointing out all the good publicity he will get if he swaps the dinghy out for the lighter model?
Yeah, I have written him a letter with a link to this and 3 other threads.
We shall see.
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Problem solved:

The dealer contacted Mercury Marine, they both saw the light and I was told a $300.00 discount check is in the mail.

(I demanded a full refund on the return, OR a $300.00 check towards lifting devices)

The manager what quite pleasant to deal with, guess my beef was with the saleman who answered the phone when I called about the wrong weight....He denied and denied...
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Glad it worked out.

One thing that I still have faith in is American commerce. At the end of the day customer is still king and accomodations will be made.

Most parts of Asia once the money is paid the deal is done no matter who's at fault - and most transactoins are on a cash basis. The only choice is to not use them next time. The best you can usually get is an exchange for a like item of equivalent or higher value.
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Is the dink a good one?
Hope so, Mercury Hypalon with a 10 year warranty.
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Boat with old 63 lbs Avon dink on the foredeck..The new dink is 1 foot longer and 40 lbs heavier.

Nice setup... are you in MALUECA GARDENS by the airport ?
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Uh, no..

The neighborhood is sometimes referred to as the Fruity Isles, about 8 minuttes drive from FLL airport.
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