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Old 08-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #21
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WaltAs Marin stated, the Davits are my design, and are likely overbuilt. As a backyard engineer, with no structural data to support my design, I simply overbuilt. It's all 5086 alloy aluminum. The arms are half inch, with three eighths inch top and bottom. The three pipe crosspieces go all the way through the half inch center piece allowing welding on both sides of the half inch. They cost me about twenty five hundred dollars, but the guy told me he would want more next time. Let's say three grand. Not any more than most decent davits, but not cheap. I also had two pieces made to connect the cockpit coaming to the cockpit deck. A couple I-beams, basically. These were bolted through the deck, joining the arms as one unit. They are ultimately bolted through the aft deck, and all the weight is born by lateral force on the floor.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:56 PM   #22
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Thanks guys for the Bull Frog info. It sure looks like the perfect tender to me. Although the davit that's in the Bull Frog video will work, I like the idea of the tender remaining in the horizontal position and is easily launched and recovered. (More room on the swim step, better view from the helm, no fuel can to remove as well as other things that might be stowed in the dinghy, etc.)

Yes, the davit looks over built, but like anchors, if nobody comments on its size, then it isn't big enough.

Overall, that's a nice cruising package. Lobster boat, no fly bridge, great tender lash up, and the right length. My kinda boat.

For others reading this....I'm not knocking boats over or under 36 feet or boats that have a fly bridge. At 68 years old and not able to scale a ladder topside like I did 20 years ago, Carey's boat fits my liking to a tee!

Also, Marin's point about the size of the motor is well taken. You can always go slow but to go fast requires a bigger motor.

Thanks again,
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:44 PM   #23
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Actually Carey's boat does have a flying bridge. He's driving from it in his avatar photo. But it's surrounded by clear plastic panels rather than a molded fiberglass shell. It's accessed via a ladder on the port side of the cockpit.

And on the subject of lobsterboats, here is the prettiest boat I saw on our recent trip to Maine and PEI.* This brand new boat is unique in that it's set up to pull pots on the port side instead of the starboard side.* It just goes to show that aesthetics are not necessarily dead when it comes to working fishboats.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:57 AM   #24
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http://www.aerofloat.com/
This is the web page and I can connect it every time.
May be Obama has shut down outside access for all you Good ole guys.

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:00 AM   #25
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http://www.airofloat.com/
Just tried it agai and all ok.
I purchased direct from the manufacturer.
Does any one else have a problem with this site.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:17 AM   #26
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It works with airofloat but not aerofloat. *Benn wrote it a couple fo different ways just to confuse us.
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:35 AM   #27
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See there you go , too much cruisin and relaxin.
Couldn't even see my own mistake.
Well winds have adated a bit so will start to head south tomorrow.
Out of Hinchinbrook passage via Lucinda and the sugar berth, very shallow entrance, via the Palm Islands and dsown to Magnetic Is off Townsville, hopefully ther tomorrow afternoon and then a couple of 6/8 hour day cruises back to the Whitsundays to meet up with some friends for a few days around the Islands.

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:08 PM   #28
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Well it has been a very slow year and I have not gone any where in the boat.
Got home from work the other day, stocked the boat. The Boss and I got away at 2215 hrs on Wed.
Crossed the Wide Bay Bar at 0530 hrs on Thursday and anchored at Pelican Point for the day/night.I had been up all night so needed a rest.
*The bar wasn't too bad a bit of swell but with little wind and a making tide we had a nice safe crossing, as usual the Boss slept thru it, she finds this a more relaxing way of doing bar crossings.
A strong wind warning and SE change comming thru today and will blow for a few days so have changed to a nice little anchorage in Kauri Creek (just around the corner from where Allan keeps his boat)
We will stay here for a couple of days and see how it all goes .
Being protected inside Fraser Is (The worlds largest sand Island) moving around won't be a problem with thr SE as it is pretty well protected.
May snap a couple of pictures and post them later.
It's just good to be out on the water again(pleasure boating not workin)

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Hi Benn
Glad to see you made it up before the 30 knots came in.
What do you draw??
Did you have any trouble getting in to Kauri Creek??
A friend touched bottom there the other day . He draws 4 ft

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Old 10-08-2010, 04:39 AM   #30
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Allan,
I draw 5'8" came in at about 1 1/2 hrs before high tide.
It is only the entrance that is pretty shallow.
I think the at the entrance it came down to about 3 ft under the keel.
So far the blow hasn't really got up but we are pretty protected up here.
See how it goes over the next couple of days and may be head further up the straights as it all clears.
Allan when are you down to your boat again.

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Old 10-08-2010, 05:21 AM   #31
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Hi guys, good to see you are still there. Or rather back, in Benn's case. Keep an eye on this thread and I'll use it to alert you both to any attempt we make, (our old CHB + others group), to get together. The general feeling is still to meet at Benn's boat if it can work out as being sort of central with Alan up Hervey Bay and Ted Goater at Noosa, and 3 of us down here in Brissie. I also have most of our email addresses, so we'll track you down, one way or another. When do you think you'll be back in Mooloolooland Benn?
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:22 AM   #32
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Allan,
Had a drive into Tin Can this morning to get the papers and some plastics .
I didn't bring any bait or plastics away with me , only flies and it's a bit windy.
Pretty rough trip in the dinghy but not that bad.But glad the Boss didn't come.
Had a drive past your boat and all looks good.
Looks like kauri for a couple more days.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:26 AM   #33
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Peter,
Weather permitting we will be back in Mooloolaba at the end of the month. Gayle has something on early Nov so must be home.
personally I would just like to stay out.

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I know what you mean. There's always something dragging you back in...I'd love to think I'd be able to just head off for days at a time in Lotus when I retire, but frankly doubt I'll be able to afford to keep her when I do. You are lucky so just enjoy.
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Hi Benn

I will be on the boat hopefully next weekend

Away during the week for work then write up reports so hopefully Saturday.

Good to hear it is still floating and hopefully dinghy still on the stern

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OK out of Kauri today and the long trek up to Garrys Anchorage.
Usually bypass this place as it is so crowded.
Today only 4 other boats , pissin down rain, and blowin, last night up to 40 knots.
The new anchor holding like a beauty.
Tucked in at garrys nice and quiet you wouldn't know the strong wind warning had been upgraded to gale force.
Will take a couple of snaps tomorrow.
The wind & hopefully the rain is supposed to ease by Wed.
So we may head up to Kingfisher Bay.
Sneak ashore do some washing and maybe a meal at the flash resturant at the resort.

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Old 10-10-2010, 09:44 PM   #37
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With the wind whisteling overhead Garry's is nice and quiet.
Idyllic one might say.
had a very plesant walk up thru the coastal scrub for a couple of hours.
Mossies were a bit thick but a bit ofn Bushmans keeps them at bay.
A frien of mine is on his way down in his cat and will call in tomorrow so we will stay for a couple of days more before heading further north.
Very little rain today and a little sunshine so it is pretty good.

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You're giving me itchy feet to get out there Benn. Now if only this damned wet spell would end so I can complete the one paint job left for this season, we would be able to do so. Dammit - more rain forecast....
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Well the last few days have been pretty eventful.
left Garrys and went up to Kingfisher Bay for the day/night.
next day further north to Moon Point and out for a little whale watching, still a lot of cows & calves feeding up before heading south.
Sorry no pictures too busy watching them perform but will be back up early in the week.
WWent back down and anchored up in the SW corner of Big Woody Is before the big wind change.
Up to the Susan River yesterday to wait.
Last night blew over 30 knots (just checked my gauge and it toped 38 knots)and the rain Pi***ed down,
Wind went from NE to SW during the night and is now about 18 knots from the SW.
Should abate tomorrow and we can get out again.

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Benn, that same strong wind blew even harder down at our marina, and ripped my bimini to shreds, so there went my chance of a new photo/pic/avatar thingy showing off her new paint etc. Oh well, one day....now to call the insurance company and the canvas guy.
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