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Old 31-08-2013, 07:33   #46
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Re: Best Dingy for a 45' Cat?

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yeah, maybe a poor word choice, but I think if you polled the boats actually out there cruising, with a 40-45 ft cat, that would be the highest recurring type.
Of course there are other options.... always are, but there are reasons the 10ft RIB is so popular....
Yup, gotta agree here. And not just necessarily for folks with a 40-45 foot cat. I'd say 70% of the dingys we see at the beach or dingy dock fall within the 10-11 foot hypalon rib range, most with a 12-20 hp motor. If we're at a US dock, a high percentage will be 4 stroke motors, out of the states, most will be 2 stroke.

For us it's a 10.5 foot Caribe with a 15 HP 2-stroke Yamaha. Big enough for the 4 of us to get on plane, small enough to drag and get up on the davits. Our boat came with the 2-stroke, but if buying new, I'd still find a way to get your hands on a 2-stroke, especially if you're heading out of the US. Heard too many stories from folks that had difficulties getting their outboards working because they were 4-strokes (the island mechanics mostly only work on 2-strokes) or because they weren't a known brand (basically Yamaha).

If you are having your boat built, see if you can pay a bit more for them to beef up the davits and make them absolutely bomb proof. We've come across a couple of the leopards (admittedly the older models) where the davits were developing cracks at the base.
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Old 29-09-2013, 18:21   #47
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Re: Best Dingy for a 45' Cat?

Link to a M 7 M cat dingy that has been used for over 13 years.


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1999: Design: Power Cat Tender

Posted on November 11, 1999 by Steve Darden

The Adagio tender “Allegro” has been a workhorse. The Morrelli & Melvin custom powercat is the most sea-kindly small tender we have encountered. Just under 13-ft, she carries 4 adults, 2 kids, and various gear on a comfortable plane. In flat water with just a driver she does about 23kn with the 25hp four-stroke Yamaha.
What is not obvious about a modern powercat design is the cushioning effect of the air-water froth between the planing hulls. We have cruised across Twofold Bay at the bottom of Australia’s “big island” in 6-ft seas plus wind chop very comfortably.
Another much-loved attribute of Allegro — the driver and passengers do not get “wet bum”, the usual outcome for those on RIB/rigid inflatable, or worse, ordinary inflatables, where driver and passengers sit on the tubes. Allegro carries four adults sitting on the center tunnel as shown in the thumbnail-linked drawing. So when we go out for dinner on Allegro, we do not have to endure an evening in salty underwear.
Other conveniences, there is a solid foredeck for boarding, which conceals the anchor locker. There is dry storage under the hydraulic steering wheel center console, under the foredeck starboard-side, and two “dry” lockers aft — each side of the engine.
There is also another much-loved convenience, an easily raised-stowed Bimini-top awning. As we get older we more and more appreciate ways to keep out of the sun — besides just keeping cool.
Sadly, we had no way to store the molds for Allegro. Someday we may build a sistership by taking a female mold off the Allegro hull. That will make it much easier to laminate her all-Kevlar/epoxy hull quickly before the resin begins to kick off. Allan Legge built Allegro as his first Kevlar uni-directional laminate — attempting to laminate the entire hull in one step. The Kevlar unis are VERY ill-behaved, so Allan ran past the “clock”, resulting in a resin-rich laminate. Next time we’ll achieve Gino’s design goal of about 78 pounds for the hull and wing laminate.
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Old 02-10-2013, 15:59   #48
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Re: Best Dingy for a 45' Cat?

The best dink hand down, bar none is the "Dubai Dink". A hypalon constructed with gold strands to help deter UV dammage. Theis of course is paired with a 2 stroke Yamaha "Gold Edition 25 HP. It has the console steering found in some of the upper level Caribe dinks. I would be happy to assist in obtaining this fine vessel worthy and commensurate with a new Leopard 44!
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Re: Best Dingy for a 45' Cat?

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Link to a M 7 M cat dingy that has been used for over 13 years.


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More pictures.
It sure looks the goods but a bit more freeboard would be on my wishlist.
I wonder how 12mm nidacore and 400gsm biax would go?









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This Spindrift cat hull dingy is cheap and interesting. 3m weighs 55kg

Spindrift Dinghy 3m [Optional 2.4m]


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