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Old 02-15-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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City: Philadelphia, PA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Revel
Vessel Model: 1984 Fu Hwa 39
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 999
Dinghy and Davits

We have a new-to-us 1984 Fu Hwa 39 sedan trawler. It has a shabby fiberglass swim platform with a shabbier swim ladder and operable trim tabs. It's vaguely possible that the stainless steel brackets that carry the swim platform are adequate for more than my 270lbs. Maybe even adequate for a dinghy carried on edge.

I'm looking at all options that I can think of for carrying a dinghy. Transversely tip up on edge on the swim platform - carry transversely over the swim platform - hang from davits over the swim platform at the transom - hang from davits at the height of the flybridge. The foredeck is not big enough. The open area of the flybridge is not big enough and the railings are in the way.

We don't yet own an adequate dinghy; we have a 'Watertender 9.4' with a 2 1/2 hp OB. Capacious, heavy, ugly, awful blue - but ours.

We think the swim platform is likely to be a handy way to board, especially if finger piers are not long enough to reach to the side openings in the railings.

Ideas for this newbie?
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