I will soon, please God, close on the purchase
of a 48.5' cruising monohull
which I intend to keep mostly in the Med, but which should get plenty of blue water work
(maybe an ARC) besides hacking around Europe
The boat's dink is knackered and I have to buy a new one. She's got massive (that is, hideously ugly) dinghy davits
, electrically powered, with lifting capacity of 340kg (170kg per davit).
I would never (!) have put on such davits
myself, but since they are there, maybe I should use them.
What would you guys do in my situation? The idea of a roomy, fast tender
, maybe with a center console and wheel steering
, is very appealing -- possible to explore over a much wider range in much greater comfort. On the other hand, all that weight and bulk hanging off the stern is not appealing, and what to do on passage
Any tips? Comments? Specific recommendations?
Some of my ideas:
1. Buy a regular 10' - ish RIB
with a 5hp motor
, and forget about it;
2. Buy a 12' -- ish RIB
with 15hp and a center console with wheel steering
, enjoy the much greater range, speed and comfort, and let the electric
davits deal with the downside;
3. Remove and sell the davits, buy a Port-A-Bote, stow this on the coachroof, keep a roll-up inflatable
in the lazarette in case of rough conditions in the anchorage.
I'm sure there are many more ways to skin this particular cat.