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Old 03-06-2011, 09:50 PM   #21
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

I carry a 10 ft Livingston on Weaver davits. The ten footer is a real boat. With 8hp it will plane with just one person onboard, giving speeds to 15 knots. Blasts thru chop and wakes with ease. I have gotten air and the landing is relatively smooth. At rest I can stand up in either hull with fine stability. The hull will handle a 15hp motor if you have remote steering. That would really be a rocket! This boat fulfills my 'need for speed' while the trawler provides the comfort.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #22
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

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Do you do anything special to tilt the boat up on the snap davits? Can you tilt it up manually or do you use your boom? Any pictures of how it sits in the snap davits and how do you keep it standing off from the transom?
The 10' livingston definitely seems appealing...rigid so I don't have to worry about it deflating/punctured by the dog or the kids, more space, etc.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:01 AM   #23
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

Here is a photo when I bought the boat.* The 9.9 Suzuki has been replaced with a 8hp Johnson 2-stroke.* The motor is mounted on a swinging bracket.* I will have to find the info on the brand.* I use a Lewmar two speed sailboat winch mounted on the transom to pull the dink up.* The pulling line is attached to the motor bracket.* I have more pics, but I will have to locate and post them online to view here.* The 10ft Livingston is really just a little large for the transom of my 37ft Puget Trawler.* A 9 ft would fit better, but so far the 10 is OK and I would feel safe going many miles in this boat.

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Old 03-07-2011, 12:22 AM   #24
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

OK, found the name of the davit system.* Here is a link:* http://www.davitsystem.com/

I only have the motor tilt bracket.* My transom clips are Weaver and I used a sailboat winch to tilt up. Weaver also makes a motor tilt bracket called a Weaver Lever.

The complete system from Sea Wise is real Yacht quality and costs like it.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:48 AM   #25
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"That takes aluminum off my short list."

Aluminum crap should not be on any list , However,

Our Grumman Aluminum is about 30-40 hard years old , carries 5 in a 9ft boat and sails, as well as rows with 1 or 2 oarspersons .

About 75 lbs .

Hard to find and not cheap when you do, for a reason.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:32 AM   #26
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I am using a Watertender rigid dingy with Weaver davits. I have had it for a few years and have been pleased with it. The only issue I have had with it is that when resting on its side, it formed a slight bow to the plastic. I added two aluminum angles to the gunnels and now everythings fine.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:19 AM   #27
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

Capn Chuck, I like the looks of your Livingsrton/Weaver arrangement. Do you leave the dink on the snap davits during a crossing or store the boat on deck? By crossing I mean something like FL to Isla Mujeres.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:27 AM   #28
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

DCBD,
It's the beam of the Livingston that gives it it's stability not the "catamaran" part. It's a marketing gimick. Everyone knows a cat is very stable so make the thing look like a cat and stability being the #1 thing people want (oh charles anything but tippy) and people will want to buy it. People did. But the cat aspect of the boat did cost a lot of carrying capacity and make the boat heavier. But they did do the right thing marketing wise. It's a boxey little thing and would be even more boxy built as I propose as a flat bottomed boat. But I think it would be a more useful boat that way. As it is , however it's a good dinghy as built and I'd prefer it hand's down to the rubber ducky. I bought a ducky as a temporary measure cuse we can use it right now as it's only 50lbs. I should have got the non-transom type (35lbs).
Anyway my crittism of the Livingston is only for what it could have been** ..not so much what it is.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:41 AM   #29
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I have a Gig Harbor 12' (Point Defiance), which I used as a dinghy on our Monk 36. I had it laid up in kevlar instead of fiberglas to save weight, and also make it stiffer. It's a great dinghy - it has two rowing stations, mast and sails, and eletric trolling motor that bolts on to the rudder. Laid up in kevlar, it weighs about 130 lb. I had davits on the stern of the Monk, so we kept it horizontal and it was very easy to lift with a 2 part tackle. It is also stiff enough in kevlar to use as a tilt up.
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Capn Chuck, I like the looks of your Livingsrton/Weaver arrangement. Do you leave the dink on the snap davits during a crossing or store the boat on deck? By crossing I mean something like FL to Isla Mujeres.
Tomas, Since we have done the crossing from Florida is Isla, I would not leave this on the swim platform for that crossing since the weather and seas can change suddenly and get very large. Crossing to the Bahamas, etc. I would not hesitate to leave them on the swim platform. It rides there for most any other cruising we might do. Chuck
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when we began serious cruising i made the big mistake of getting an rib.
Never again, and compounded it by using the weaver davit system.

Inflate/deflate, difficult to swing up and then the bottom pontoon crushes and must pull it up with a line, nope never again.
I would go with a livingston, and use davits to keep it level. It is your transportation and needs to be easy and quick launch.
This is our experience and as always ymmv

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