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Old 03-06-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

I am pondering replacing our 9' avon rib. *Good little boat but I think I'd really prefer to have a solid dinghy...plastic or fiberglass. *We are using weaver snap davits on the swim platform. *I'd also like to get a rotating engine mount so that I can leave the engine on the dinghy. *Weight seems to be the biggest issue. *Right now I am just swinging the rib up on the davits by hand with a long rope tied on the outermost tube of the rib and pulling it up. *I don't have my boom attached to my mast as I have to lower my mast to get under the roof of out home berth due to roof height issues. *So, I'd like to find a set up that would not be too heavy to rotate up on the snap davits by hand. *I suppose I could also mount a small pulley under the handrail @ the transom to make it easier to rotate.

So- what's your favorite 100% hard dinghy that weighs as close to 100 lbs as possible? *The 9' livingston looks pretty good and stable but it weighs closer to 150lbs I believe.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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So- what's your favorite 100% hard dinghy that weighs as close to 100 lbs as possible? *The 9' livingston looks pretty good and stable but it weighs closer to 150lbs I believe.

TonyI rather doubt you will find a hard dinghy worth having that would be less than 150lbs. I am willing to be wrong, so good luck.
One thing I would recommend, is to not buy a Duroboat (5052 alloy aluminum). We had one suspended upright from our davits, and the bottom was eventually eaten through, by a combination of diesel exhaust with salt water. Basically acid rain. The damage occurred in less than 200 hrs of running time.

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Carey.** Wow was the dinghy bare aluminum or painted?

200hrs is that one year?


That takes aluminum off my short list.


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Old 03-06-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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Carey.** Wow was the dinghy bare aluminum or painted?

200hrs is that one year?

That takes aluminum off my short list.

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JohnThe bottom was bare, with painted sides. I fought with the manufacturer for six months or more before he finally agreed to replace the bottom. I then sold the boat instantly. Had it not been for the fact that their advertising promoted the boat as a yacht dinghy, I would not have had a leg to stand on.


I wouldn't necessarily take aluminum boats off your list, but just make sure it's not built with 5052 alloy, which is the most commonly used alloy for small aluminum boats.


I currently have an aluminum bottomed boat, using a different alloy, and have had no issues. I've had it for about five years and several hundred hours underway.


That 200 hours was spread over a year and a half.

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Carey,* Thanks I learn more each day.**Glad they made good on that boat for you.

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Old 03-06-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

We have a 9' Livingston (approximately 25 years old) with a stated weight of 105#. Great dinghy, although a bit light on freeboard - the catamaran hull gives it great stability.But we are currently using a 7'8" Portland Pudgy that has more stability and actually more useable room than the Livingston. Weight is 128# bare, although with the sail rig etc. it comes in closer to 160#. Max hp is 2. Same weight capacity as the Livingston - ~ 550#.
We pull ours up in similar fashion (we have weaver davits also) to you, although we're contemplating putting a block & tackle arrangement in place as we have a hard cockpit cover that would facilitate that.
No thoughts on the swinging o/b mount though.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:01 PM   #7
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Here is what we did with ours when we switched to the Livingston....
http://tinyurl.com/25hec9m
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We have Boatex 10' that is not made any more but verysimiilar to the Bauer 10 made by Bauteck Marine in St Augustine and the Bauer weighs about 110 lbs. Also made in FL is the Trinka which weighs about the same. both will take a small motor and have sailing rigs available too if you want. we love rowing and sailing our little around the harbor and anchorages. These work fine with the weaver savoys but use different hardware than the rubber boats.

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:13 PM   #9
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Sorry, two typos: the Boatex weighs 110lbs but the Bauer is about 130. Of course I meant to type "davits" not "savoys" I have no idea how that happened.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

For a non-planing dinghy I don't see how a finer boat could be found.
The Trinka. Our dinghy (the yellow one on the cabin roof) is faster and lighter but dos'nt row well. For those of us that don't feel the need to roar around at 20 knots preferring to power about at 5 knots or row beautifully this Trinka looks really wonderful.

http://www.trinka.com/trinka10.htm

The 10' is $3750. and 135lbs.
The 8'** is $2750. and 85lbs.
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For a non-planing dinghy I don't see how a finer boat could be found.
The Trinka. Our dinghy (the yellow one on the cabin roof) is faster and lighter but dos'nt row well. For those of us that don't feel the need to roar around at 20 knots preferring to power about at 5 knots or row beautifully this Trinka looks really wonderful.

http://www.trinka.com/trinka10.htm

The 10' is $3750. and 135lbs.
The 8'** is $2750. and 85lbs.
Hey Eric...are you saying that the Trinka doesn't tow well?

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Old 03-06-2011, 05:38 PM   #12
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

Conrad,Where'd you get that idea? They said it towed well on their site.


Here's another dinghy manufacturer and this one's in the PNW. The Dinghy Co.
I've purchased two boats from Earl. He makes an inexpensive quality product but
slightly heavier. And no he dos'nt use a chopper gun.


http://www.dinghyco.com/#gold


The web site is'nt that good. I had the larger Camden and I still have a 10' Discovery Bay. It's a good 10 ' rowboat if a 10' rowboat can be good but lacks the necessary volume and carrying capacity for a good Dinghy. Very excellent rowboat though. I'd recommend the Seattle Tender 9' for an excellent all around dinghy. Call Earl for what you can't get off the site.
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RE: Best hard dinghy with weaver snap davits?

Eric,

What kind of skiff is the yellow one?
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:20 PM   #14
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Larry,
That darn boat attracts more positive attention than Willy.
It's actually a sail boat. Holiday I think. Made in Calif.
I've FG over the CB slot and put oar locks on it but need to
cut out the CB trunk and a few other things to complete the
conversion. Directional stability while rowing is poor but a good
rower can fairly easily control it if their mind's partly on
the rowing. However it makes up for that in spades under
power. We run it around 8 knots w a 6 to 8hp 2 stroke twin
cyl OB at very low noise levels and it's dry and fairly stable.
It's very light (80lbs) so chris and I can easily carry it up the
beach. The yellow is paint.
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On a previous boat I had an 8' Livingston with a 2 HP Honda 4 stroke. It was mounted to the swim platform with Weaver davits. I built a swivel for the engine using a fishing seat swivel so I could fold it up once the dinghy was in the travel position. Currently I have an 11.5 foot inflatable with a 25 HP. I miss the Livingston. It was very stable for the 2 of us and was a great boat for taking the dog to shore, also light enough that we could pull it up on the beach so we could walk around without worrying about the tide claiming it.
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For a non-planing dinghy I don't see how a finer boat could be found.
The Trinka. Our dinghy (the yellow one on the cabin roof) is faster and lighter but dos'nt row well. For those of us that don't feel the need to roar around at 20 knots preferring to power about at 5 knots or row beautifully this Trinka looks really wonderful.

http://www.trinka.com/trinka10.htm

The 10' is $3750. and 135lbs.
The 8'** is $2750. and 85lbs.
Hi Eric...I completely misunderstood your note; I though you were saying that your dinghy (which doesn't row well) *was a Trinka (which...rows beautifully..."). *Now I understand!
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Thank's Conrad.

DCBD,
My problem w the Livingston is the catamaran bit. The Livingston would carry much more weight and be lighter and more stable if it's bottom was just flat. The whole center is sorta wasted. Also there'd be much better leg/floor room.
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How about a little 9'or 11' whaler?
I just picked up a 11' whaler to use as a tender.
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boston whaler would be too much weight. I also should have stated that I don't want to spend several thousand.
What I need to do is find an old beat up fiberglass skiff and refinish her to look pretty. The livingston really looks about what I am looking for I think.
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My problem w the Livingston is the catamaran bit. The Livingston would carry much more weight and be lighter and more stable if it's bottom was just flat. The whole center is sorta wasted. Also there'd be much better leg/floor room.
Eric,

I'm probably wrong (usually are), but I always thought that it was the catamaran hull that gave it it's stability. I*can say*I had it in some pretty rough water and was never concerned*about it upsetting. I agree, it is a bit cramped, but with my legs to one side and my wifes to the other with the dog up front hunting floatsum, it was a good fit for us.*For the money, I think it's a good choice.*Too many dinghys, so little time. If I was in the market for a new dinghy today, I would probably get a Pudgy c/w canopy and sail.

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