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Old 25-09-2016, 03:21   #1
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What size dinghy for Dufour 385 Grand Large and are davits a good idea?

Hi - We have just purchased a 2007 Dufour 385 Grand Large and are searching for a dinghy to take us to the shores of the many islands and reefs we plan to explore in our new cruising territory/home in North Queensland Australia. We though RIB hull would be good and wanted inflatable with hypalon to endure the UV here in the tropics. We've found a 3.4 mtr with alloy hull and 6 hp engine for a good price but a friend says it's too big for davits on the boat, which we had planned to add. What have others' experiences been with boats around this size and tenders? The beam of our boat is about 3.9 and it's lots wider in stern than bow. Thanks for your help. We're newbies in our second childhoods...
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Re: What size dinghy for Dufour 385 Grand Large and are davits a good idea?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, maryags.

Generally, I recommend that a tender be no longer than (preferably less than) the mother ship's beam.
Given your 12.89' / 3.93m beam, I suppose you might be ok with this 3.4m dinghy; though the 6 HP O/B might be under-powered
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Re: What size dinghy for Dufour 385 Grand Large and are davits a good idea?

Our boat has a 4.8 m beam and we have hit our 3.4 m dingy and its engine twice on poles as we entered a slip and a haul out slip in a cross current.

A big dingy is very difficult for a couple to get up a beach and we have been swamped twice by waves.

On ocean passages you need to get the dinghy on the deck and off the davits.

I would get a dinghy you and your wife can easily pull up a beach in a remote location.

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