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Old 12-08-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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New Member to the Forum - Mainship 400

Hello Forum Members,

I am Captain Ron D, and have been in boating for 45 years. I recently acquired a 2007 Mainship 400 'Seas the Moment'. It is a beauty and I am very happy with the boat, albeit I have to learn an entirely new boat from the keel up. I hope to 'lean' on some of you that are familiar with the Mainship, as I stumble through the introductory phase.

To start with I have two questions for you members.
1. I plan on putting my dinghy (Caribe C10X) on the swim platform on the transom. Does anyone have any experience with using any of the 'Pull-on' type dinghy ramps? I have been looking at several different makes and could use some guidance.

2. I have not been able to find the 'on' switch for the two flood lights that are mounted on the mast cross member. Nothing is labeled on the power panels, nothing is noted in the Mainship manual, and the prior owner is out of town. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Captain Ron D.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Trawler Forum Captain. I am sure the Mainship owners will be with you shortly.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:52 PM   #4
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Greetings. One of my friends has a 400 and his switch for the mast lights is on the flybridge switch panel. Also check out Stella Blue Home for lots of information about Mainship 400's.
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Old 12-08-2016, 07:17 PM   #5
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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Yes, Spreader light switch is on the FB switch panel, 2nd or 3rd from stb side.

I have trick davits on my 400, here is a copy of a PM I sent to another member about them:

Overall the trick davits have been really good, though I did have to have new center plates machined out of aluminum, as I think I may have explained in the post you read? If not, shoot me another email and I'll give you more details.

Very quick to launch and retrieve the dinghy, ours is a pretty heavy rig (11' Carib and 20 hp 4 stroke suzuki) so I added a block and tackle set up which just ties off to the base of the rail on the FB deck/roof over the cockpit. It helps a ton. We can launch the dinghy in about two minutes (including removing the tie down straps and putting them away) and recover it in about 5.

I use two long ratchet straps to secure the dinghy, one from the aft most stern eye on the dinghy to a transom cleat on the big boat and the other from the interior bow eye on the dinghy to the other stern cleat. They cross each other, sort of like dock lines on the transom. I snug the dinghy tight against the transom of the big boat.

Unless your swim platform is bigger than ours, I think the dinghy will limit your access to the swim platform when it is loaded.

One downside of carrying the dinghy on the platform is that diesel exhaust blows on it and gets it dirty.
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