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Old 03-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #21
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Marin wrote:Delia Rosa wrote:Great Laker wrote:
No need to take the outboard on and off with this hinged mount and hand cranking winch. It is made by Sea Wise Davits. *

http://www.davitsystem.com/demo.htm

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*We looked into this system and it looks great ... but even the manual system was over $4800.00 plus install of $1000.... too pricy for us!

We accomplish more or less the same thing albeit not so easily by using a swivel mount for the motor on the dinghy and the boom fall to deploy and retrieve the dinghy on its Weaver davits.* Where retrieving the dinghy used to be a brute force, one-two-three-heave operation it's now an easy one-handed operation using the boom fall.* The fall is long enough that we don't have to reposition the boom at all to do this.

*Once we get Delia Rosa back in the water, that is the next thing we are going to try, using our dingy crane to lift the dingy up to the swim platform.... because the crane is off centre, ie on the port side, we are not sure how neatly/easily this will work!
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:51 PM   #22
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psneeld wrote:I may make just an extendable cradle for my dink...and lift it on with my boom.* Still haven't figured out the rough weather situation.
When you mention an extendable cradle.... are you referring to something extending out from your swim platform that you could lift the dinghy onto with your boom?
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #23
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psneeld wrote:I may make just an extendable cradle for my dink...and lift it on with my boom.* Still haven't figured out the rough weather situation.
When you mention an extendable cradle.... are you referring to something extending out from your swim platform that you could lift the dinghy onto with your boom?

*yes...my swim platform is too narrow...
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #24
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We would love to see what you come up with!
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #25
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right now just thinking of some square aluminum stock that can be inserted into larger or just some square "U" bolts under the platform with some basic "chocks" bolted on top.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #26
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Be sure to secure the dink with very strong* holding straps where ever you decide to stow it, you don't want to tempt Neptune..

We carried our dink on the cabin top of our 40' Wittholz steel trawler and it*took about 5 minutes to launch or retieve.**You can see the small 12v electric winch on the boom.*Crossing Lake Michigan in 1999 we got caught in un-forecasted 45 kn weather that lasted*for hours. The weather was so bad we sat on the floor by the helm and kept our eye on the radar screen.**Fortunately the autopilot was working. The rear straps holding the dink parted and the back end of the dink w/engine swung over the starboard side. *I had to climb up and secure it which took a good 15 minutes and I was exhausted.* Our other option was to wait until the forward strap parted and we would lose the whole thing and we*had no plans of trying to go back*for it.

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Please excuse the last post. That picture size got out of hand...


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Old 03-09-2012, 03:06 AM   #28
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Never mind - gave us a good look, and she's a really nice boat. Sort of like a steel version of mine almost....
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*yes...my swim platform is too narrow...
*Scott, my platform is also a bit narrow for some of the fancier systems, even if I could afford them, so I just clip my ducky onto the weaver snap thingies with the side ropes, which are very firmly attached, (and once I gave up on ever getting the glued on fittings to stay on), then haul her up with a sort of block and tackle arrangement, attached to a strong cleat on the gun'l & taken over to the opposite side rope and clipped on with a spring-loaded hook fitting, taking off the Honda 2 hp first, of course.

Works for me, but it would not do for a heavy dink.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #30
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Meridan, great looking boat. *I with PeterB. *Why don't you post more pictures in the album for members boats.
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Meridian: Looks as if you've got port side stantions on the boat deck, but not Starboard. Is that to ease the transit of the dinghy off the Starboard side? Great looking vessel.
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Unfortunately I sold it in 2006. I've had a Boston Whaler since then but I expect to make a purchase of another trawler within the next 3 months as a liveaboard/looper. Although it's been a mild winter here in Michigan, I'm ready to go south. In fact, I've got a real estate guy coming in the next hour to look at the house. We will sell everything...

If I'm not mistaken, Joe Berta is a member here and has a sistership. As far as I know, only 2 were built in Canada. Charles Wittholz designed sail and power for 40 some years. I believe the Choy Lee 55 LRC was his only design that went in to production, all others were built to order by various shipbuilders.
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Meridian is a great looking boat, and the photo is very evocative - makes me curse the snow outside as I wait for the summer cruising season!
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