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Old 09-14-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
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City: Biloxi Mississippi
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Patricia Louise II
Vessel Model: 1983 42' Present Sundeck
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,450
RE: Dinghy Davit System for A340

CAPT Glenn,We have the same size dink as you -I am pretty sure- and can tell you my experience. With no pipe davit and questionable roof strength above our sundeck we opted for the Weaver Snap Davit system. I gotta tell you the first thing we found out after I installed it was how HEAVY that dink is to pop up out of the water. We thought we were going to tip it up by hand (no motor) and failed! I had also glued on a stand off pad but eventually plan on a much beefier pull point on the outer tube. At that time I will tip it up using maybe a block and tackle system with a stainless U bolt I plan on installing at the top of one of our rear roof support pipes.
The SO insisted I purchase an engine she or I could carry down the ladder and install. This turned out to be a 3.5 HP engine. You sure have the right engine for this boat.
We tow the dink. I love it. Engine gets put on, tipped up and we have about a 14' tow rope. I shorten it when backing out of the slip, getting fuel, pulling in the slip etc.. I really like the safety of clipping the dink to the swimdeck and loading everyone up before disconnecting.
One problem has been a small leak in the front tube that would become a problem when tipped up. Cool mornings would also cause the same problem. I installed an Arc at the transom and the glue on pad up front but might suggest you consider the front Arc also.
Good luck and Welcome Aboard!
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