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Old 12-28-2014, 08:37 PM   #21
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As I said, the cost is the issue. I think the P.O. spent upwards of 30K on the conversion. But I am SURE enjoying it!
I SURE want you to keep on enjoying it! Don't know why my PO was not so nice to me...
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:37 PM   #22
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I'm not convinced the hydraulic stern lifts are the best answer. My alloy RIB is relatively lightweight but has a beam of 7ft. I dont want a platform that wide at the back of the boat. Or to have that much extra length added onto the length of the marina slip required.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:43 AM   #23
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I'm not convinced the hydraulic stern lifts are the best answer. My alloy RIB is relatively lightweight but has a beam of 7ft. I dont want a platform that wide at the back of the boat. Or to have that much extra length added onto the length of the marina slip required.
I see your point.

Though in general.....

Anytime the word "best" is used about a boat, piece of equipment, cruising area.....well.....just about any TF topic you are sure to be challenged as generally "best" is just too subjective.

"Best" for me, my boat, my cruising...... is the only way you can really get away with the term.

Many here understand when people use the word they really mean their own specific view of the topic....but even then chiming in to make sure a newbie understands that "best" is relative....is necessary.

Yep, "best", a four letter word that starts some great debates here....
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I see your point.

Though in general.....

Anytime the word "best" is used about a boat, piece of equipment, cruising area.....well.....just about any TF topic you are sure to be challenged as generally "best" is just too subjective.

"Best" for me, my boat, my cruising...... is the only way you can really get away with the term.

Many here understand when people use the word they really mean their own specific view of the topic....but even then chiming in to make sure a newbie understands that "best" is relative....is necessary.

Yep, "best", a four letter word that starts some great debates here....
Especially regarding boating; it seems that words such as: "best", "all", "forever", "never", "always"... and even words like, "can't" and "can"

Should always be automatically italicized as reminders on marine forums that those words meanings for marine doings may be elusive at best.

Because, try as you might regarding marine items, one simply can't always nor forever get all the best things to work out. But, you can try; and, of course never give up!

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Old 12-29-2014, 10:12 AM   #25
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I'm not convinced the hydraulic stern lifts are the best answer. My alloy RIB is relatively lightweight but has a beam of 7ft. I dont want a platform that wide at the back of the boat. Or to have that much extra length added onto the length of the marina slip required.
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The word "best" almost always applies to a given situation, boat, owner, experience level, etc. I think it is correct to assume that Brian was saying that a hydraulic stern lift is not the best answer for HIS situation. For my situation, it happens to be the best answer - not least of which because the lift was on the boat when I bought it!

But, on that topic, I have hoisted heavy dinghies over bow rails onto foredecks with hydraulic deck cranes, high up onto coach roofs with electric deck cranes, and tipped up onto swim platforms with the outboard mounted on a deck rail.

What I said in my post is that the TNT lift allows the easiest dinghy "deployment" of any of them - and I stick by that; Push the button on the key fob, and in 15 seconds the dinghy is floating free. Easy for ANYONE to do. It also has the other benefits of a large, submersible swim platform. However, even beyond the high cost, there are certainly other drawbacks to a unit of this type: Dealing with yet another battery (powers the hydraulic pump), access to the hydraulic pump and battery, trying to avoid damaging the dink when backing into a slip, and simply having that dinghy taking up the entire swim platform when trying to tie up the boat.

It is also probably not the very best place to have a heavy dinghy when running in big seas - in fact, TNT recommends putting the dinghy into the water and towing it under those kinds of conditions. So, is it the "best" solution? For me? With this boat and my intended uses? Yep.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:15 PM   #26
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If I were doing it over I would find a way to put it on the bow. Getting it up and down from the top is awkward and in wind it can be difficult. Stability is definitely affected up that high. One time I forgot and it got a few inches of rain water in it and I sure noticed the stability change. You have to decide in advance whether or not you will use the dink before docking.
More and more I see people towing small boats such as whalers for good reason.
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