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Old 27-02-2018, 12:10   #1
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Dinghy platform experiences/opinions (tenderlift...)

Opinions/experiences any1?
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None throwing their 2cents?
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None throwing their 2cents?
Only downside I have heard from a mate who has one on a 50ft cat is trying to steady the tender onto the chocks when there is a bit of swell running as it can bang around a bit over the platform. He also modified his brackets with locking pins for long passage making in case of hydraulic failure.

Otherwise he really likes it .......... he should for the price
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Yep , THANKS
While i ve heard about Lagoon 450s tenderlift fitted i guess it fitsmore to 50ft and above.

I am interested in reliability, easy of manteinance, vulnerability in rough seas, and mechanical backup to hydraulics for lifting (winching? )

Yeah, expensive as hell as mostly boating related, so trying to ascertain if it will be in the long run a convenience, or a expensive pain in the ass.
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Re: Dinghy platform experiences/opinions (tenderlift...)

I've been wrestling with this idea for a while and haven't come up with a solution that I'm happy with yet.

I have bought an aluminium tinny for a tender to swap over from the RIB. The plan is to make a lightweight swim platform that the tinny can sit on, then lift the whole thing up and lock it onto the transom. I'm not sure there is a perfect solution to this because of the difficulty guiding the tinny onto the swim platform when rough and winching it up without banging into the boat.

It can be done but it would be heavy, there are a lot of loads when the boat is moving around.
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Re: Dinghy platform experiences/opinions (tenderlift...)

I recall that James Wharram has some simple designs on this.
There even was a thread with images somewhere. Can't find it though. Sorry.
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Look in the gallery of the larger boats on Wharram designs website. Found a couple of pictures there.
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From a multihull perspective:

LOTS of weight aft.
Reliance on hydraulics - what happens if it breaks when you need it most (emergency departure, escaping a storm, or unloading/getting to shore)
Expensive option

Just last week I read a post from somebody (may have been on the F.Pajot forum or FB group) who has one and is trying to find a workaround as his hydraulics are shot.

My $.02: KISS Davits work well, provide platform for solar, lighter, cheaper, simpler.....
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No need to go hydraulic, no need for a solid platform.
Framed netting and tackle can be made to work.
Manual operation.
See Wharram, as mentioned above.

Yes, there is some weight aft, but for a CRUISING boat that may be acceptable to some degree.
Remember one can have any two out of these three: Low cost, speed, comfort...

Of course one can turn this into rocket science if one has the funds for it.

Davits work for most but not for some.
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No need to go hydraulic, no need for a solid platform.
Framed netting and tackle can be made to work.
Manual operation.
See Wharram, as mentioned above.

Yes, there is some weight aft, but for a CRUISING boat that may be acceptable to some degree.
Remember one can have any two out of these three: Low cost, speed, comfort...

Of course one can turn this into rocket science if one has the funds for it.

Davits work for most but not for some.


Absolutely agree. I used davits as an example only because they are the most prevalent.

We have neither; we curved a plastic rectangle to fit the shape of the aft beam on either side, drilled and attached lines with clips at the corners so they wrap around the beam and attach to the nets. Then we just hoist the bow of the dinghy up, centering it on the plastic and slide it up onto the trampoline - 10'6' of dinghy. I can even deflate and roll it up to stash forward on the tramp if we need more room.

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Davits is the way to go BY FAR.
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@Lee
Hey Lee, sounds like you have a great solution.
Do you have some pictures of it by any chance?

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They are great, but on some yachts they do not work due to existing constraints.
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Going into a meeting. Will look afterwards. If not, we'll be using it this weekend and will take some pics. Very simple - I'm not an engineer! ;-)
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Sounds great. Thanks.
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