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Old 08-12-2010, 02:10   #1
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I know the issue of using PWC as tender has been brought up before but I am interested in keeping a Yamaha Superjet on board for recreation (wakeboarding tow and freestyle riding). The dry weight is 132kg (291 lbs) and my first concern is whether the dinghy davits will support this load. The boat I am seriously considering is the PDQ36 which seems to have aluminium davits and this makes me skeptical of it's strength. Would re-enforcement be adequate (or even necessary)?

Any input is greatly appreciated!
(and yes I know they are banned some places in the Caribbean!)
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....and my first concern is whether the dinghy davits will support this load.
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Thats a whole lotta weight hanging of the transom. Your bow may be a few inches higher as a result.
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I forgot to mention the slight hobby horse effect it may have.
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In many places home and abroad, PWCs are not allowed to be used. Sort of negates their use as a tender.
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First, you need to find the make and model of the davits and get the specs. Not a standard item so ratings vary a lot.

Even if the davits could handle the weight (doubtful) that is a lot of weight on the stern of the boat. Handling will be effected.
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In many places home and abroad, PWCs are not allowed to be used. Sort of negates their use as a tender.
It's really too bad they just don't require a license for it to be used or something. It's no more harmful than probably half of the other boats that are allowed in the area, they've just been given a bad name since its easy for anyone to use and abuse.

I'd agree that not being able to use it would be a problem. And would require bringing along a dinghy as well.

Even in places where you can use it (Cape Cod, MA) for example, there are Harbor's where you can't. My Dad has a couple that we use in the Summer and while we can go most places in the Bay, Provincetown is off limits. So if you were cruising with it attached, your stops would be limited because of it.
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Go with a stealth PWC- a center console RIB with a big motor, like a small Zodiac Hurricane
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Go with a stealth PWC- a center console RIB with a big motor, like a small Zodiac Hurricane

Seems to me that a RIB is going to run around 250 lbs, not much different than the PWC.

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Seems to me that a RIB is going to run around 250 lbs, not much different than the PWC.
My 10' Caribe RIB only weighs 127 lbs.

And I can row it quietly. Try doing that with a thrillcraft.
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My 10' Caribe RIB only weighs 127 lbs.

And I can row it quietly. Try doing that with a thrillcraft.
Well the person that suggested a RIB was talking about going fast, add 120 lbs for a 20 hp engine and you get 250 lbs.

Just being devil's advocate, I think a PWC as a tender is a bad idea.

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Well the person that suggested a RIB was talking about going fast, add 120 lbs for a 20 hp engine and you get 250 lbs.



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Which is still lighter than a PWC, meets the letter of the law in PWC- banning anchorages, and the outboard can be removed and hoisted separately, making it superior to a PWC from a weight standpoint, thereby meeting the OPs requirements.
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Well the person that suggested a RIB was talking about going fast, add 120 lbs for a 20 hp engine and you get 250 lbs.

Just being devil's advocate, I think a PWC as a tender is a bad idea.
Most of the time we use our RIB, the 8hp outboard is stowed on the pushpit mount. All I generally need is a way to row over to the neighbor's boat at happy hour, and the neighbors are always anchored way too close as it is.

And once I've been to happy hour, you don't want me zipping about in a thrillcraft. This is what PWC owners don't seem to understand, in my experience. Sometimes it's good to limit yourself to oars.
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Hello,

I know the issue of using PWC as tender has been brought up before but I am interested in keeping a Yamaha Superjet on board for recreation (wakeboarding tow and freestyle riding). The dry weight is 132kg (291 lbs) and my first concern is whether the dinghy davits will support this load. The boat I am seriously considering is the PDQ36 which seems to have aluminium davits and this makes me skeptical of it's strength. Would re-enforcement be adequate (or even necessary)?

Any input is greatly appreciated!
(and yes I know they are banned some places in the Caribbean!)
You won't make many friends whipping around an anchorage full of cruisers sipping on sundowners. They are not well liked in our area mainly because of the behavior. Sooner or later you will need to haul something to or from the boat and and you can't get much on a PWC.
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wow--a 10 ft caribe weighs only 127 pounds while a caribe 9c( 9 ft) weighs in at 145--LOL--is why i got rid of my caribe.LOL when th wAter gets in between th hills, it weighed 800 pounds. GONE!!!!!!
most places disallow use of pwc in dark. are you ready for that one???? can be a deal breaker.
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