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Old 20-04-2012, 12:34   #46
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

I have also been looking at these and their more expensive lamina series. Do you have any idea about the cost of these Aluminum RIBS?
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Old 20-04-2012, 12:37   #47
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AB 10 UL is a nice Dingy. I have used one before and they are first rate.
The $4000 put it out of my range
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|215570|1794282|1831365&id=1830731

Ended up buying the Mercury 9’ 2” Dynamic Rib for $1899
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|215570|1794282|1794293&id=1608018
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Old 20-04-2012, 13:55   #48
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I'm finding quite a few 2 stroke on ebay....might help me justify the more expensive dink by going with a used 2 stroke.

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Wait until you get to the Caribbean... You can buy a new 2 stroke then.

I have several friends who started out from the US with 4 strokes and changed to 9.9 or 15 Yamaha 2 strokes as soon as possible.
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Old 11-06-2012, 20:36   #49
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

Hello,
I am about to buy a dinghy for my mahe. The issue is that I have as well the support for the life raft. When I measure it seems simply not right. Has anyone faced this issue? I checked how to put it out and it does not seem easy at all as the bolts are pretty deep and one is behind the electrical panel.

My wish would be to get the mercury 280 rib (8.10) and a nice 6hp.

Will this end by cutting the lift raft support? Maybe as I am not too happy about having holes that would result from me removing it.

Thanks for letting me know if you faced such an issue.
One question for cotemar would be to know if you see some space at the front of your dinghy to fit the life raft support?
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

Clipperton,

Your best bet is to remove the life raft bracket as it is in a bad location.
Maybe put the life raft on the stern rail or under the helm seat as others have done.
You can go with a dingy up to 10 feet. I have a Mercury 280 that measures 9 foot 2 inches and a Tohatsu 6HP four stroke. Both of these work very well
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Old 17-06-2012, 14:41   #51
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

Thanks for the pictures.
I sent a request to FP to know about what seems to me a mistake. these two items (rat bracket and davits) are just not compatible I think.
Let's see what they come up with.
May be a shorter dinghy could do the trick (like a 260).

Otherwise I will have to cut the bracket and seal the remainings of the tubes. Messy.

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Re: Dinghy and Davits

So it seems like it is not an issue with the life rack raft. Someone has it and does not have an issue having both the raft bracket and a 275 dinghy.
The last part of the choice is then to decide between Hypalon and PVC. Not sure if Hypalon is worth the extra 500 USD (on a Mercury 280 RIB).
I see that Cotemar went for the Hypalon. Any point of view on that?
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Clipperton,

Went with the Hypalon instead ov PVC, because it was on sale at the time.
Paid $1,379 at the time.
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

I can confirm that the life raft bracket and a dinghy are compatible. I have the mercury 280 which in fact is more a 270 than a 280(8.10). I have to lift the bow up first and then the stern. Other than that no problem.
I did beef up the hauling system with mark's option 1 I.e., replacing the pulleys by double block. Super easy to do and not problem to haul.
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I can confirm that the life raft bracket and a dinghy are compatible. I have the mercury 280 which in fact is more a 270 than a 280(8.10). I have to lift the bow up first and then the stern. Other than that no problem.
I did beef up the hauling system with mark's option 1 I.e., replacing the pulleys by double block. Super easy to do and not problem to haul.
Here is a picture with both life raft bracket and dinghy.
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Re: Dinghy and Davits

Clipperton,

Can you take a picture from the other side to clearly show your life raft and dingy setup?

If you tie a 1" wide strap around the dingy handle and the aluminum davit tube your dingy will not move at all on your dingys stern.
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Clipperton,

Can you take a picture from the other side to clearly show your life raft and dingy setup?

If you tie a 1" wide strap around the dingy handle and the aluminum davit tube your dingy will not move at all on your dingys stern.
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Clipperton,

Very nice pictures. Those picture will help other Mahe owners later on.

If you take your dingy painter line from the bow and tie it off to your rail then the bow of your dingy will not budge.
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Agree with Mark's (Cotemar) comment.

We found tethering the dinghy close to the stern and high reduces the likelyhood of waves dumping water in the dinghy whiel sailing.
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Lonnie - I assume you've upgraded the mechanical advantage on the davits. If so, what did you end up with?


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