Originally Posted by saraml
We’re buying a Swift Trawler 44 for cruising the Pacific NW. Anyone have suggestions re: the size and model of a dinghy that will fit on the rear fly bridge. The space is actually fairly narrow. Help would be appreciated. Thanks.
There are two main limitations: hoist load capacity, fly bridge space.
I spent a ton of time researching as I wanted to have a dinghy with console, steering wheel, etc, and once I added in batteries, fuel, etc to the dinghy and engine weight, I was over capacity. Another consideration is more weight higher up can equate to more rocking and rolling in less than calm seas. I did see one or two that installed a hydraulic crane with higher capacity. That was a big expense/project and I was concerned about adding more weight high up, so I have given up the idea for now.
I have had an ultra lightweight aluminum (UL) dinghy from AB. I was contemplating switching to their regular aluminum (AL) series as I wanted a flat floor and higher HP. I haven't made the switch yet but that is probably the route that I would go.
I actually kept the UL dinghy on its side on the fly bridge, tied down with rope and motor removed and stored on cockpit floor. I am now looking to keep the motor attached to the dinghy and keep everything on the fly bridge. I bought/made some softchocks. Now its only a matter of figuring out how to securely install tie-down points on the fly bridge to secure the dinghy to the fly bridge deck. If anyone has any tips/pictures specific to the ST44 on this that would be great! I dont think there is any access to through bolt to the fly bridge deck and I dont know how thick it is...