I am now looking at the 9' Achilles with inflatable floor along with a 10 HP Honda. So the only solution to find now will be my crane arrangement to raise and lower the motor.
For the last two years we have had an Achilles LSI 290 with a 8hp Nissan 2-stroke outboard on Irish Eyes. We sometimes tow it, sometimes stow it inflated on the foredeck, and sometimes carry it folded just forward of the mast on the mount where the previous owner kept a life raft. When towing it, adding a 36" long black rubber elastic strap to the tow line eases the jerking on the towing eyes. When carring it inflated on the deck, it fits upside down with its transom against the mast and its bow almost at the staysail stay -- the vent crowls need to be removed and the staysail can not be easily used. When stored deflated we can open both the hatch over the v-berth and the one over the head compartment. We have never been in a situation where I felt I had to take it below. We launch the dinghy from the deck by brute force, but retreive it with the staysail halyard and the port side winch on the mast rather than with the halyard winch that is beside the companionway (We have both.). A $17 Coleman air mattress inflator from WalMart does most of the inflation saving the foot pump for the last little bit.
To lower the outboard from the stern rail to the dinghy and raise it back again, we use a piece of 1" aluminum pipe inserted into our boom. (Our boom is hollow and open at its aft end. I realize that not all are.) The aluminum pipe slips 16" into the boom and extends out over the outboard. The main halyard holds up the aft end of the pipe. A 3-part block and tackle also attached at the aft end of the pipe does the lifting. A stop on the pipe keeps it from sliding into the boom. The weight of the outboard is carried completely by the halyard. The aluminum pipe is in compression. The whole kit fits in the port locker when it is not in use.
1988 PSC 34
06-27-2013 10:18 AM
Re: Davits on a PSC 34
Garhauer makes a very good engine hoist quite reasonably priced..
I'm thinking the roll up and blow up are going to be the path I take.
Of course this is also the cheapest solution which is nice.
I am now looking at the 9' Achilles with inflatable floor along with a 10 HP Honda.
So the only solution to find now will be my crane arrangement to raise and lower the motor.
06-26-2013 11:49 PM
Re: Davits on a PSC 34
On our PSC 34 we keep our 8' inflatable rolled up between the inner forestay and the forward hatch. I pump it up on deck and use the spinnaker halyard to put it in and out of the water. It's a pain but towing a dinghy in 15-25kts is more painful.
Just last week I got lazy and towed it out of an anchorage but by the time we were out of the harbor I changed my mind and stowed it ( in dead calm conditions). Wifey looked at me funny. But by the end of the day we were running downwind in 20-25kts in 4-5 feet steep seas. Wifey thought I was a genius. I just thought we were lucky.
The canoe stern limits the real estate. We plan to add a Monitor before the end of the year so I am interested in you ultimate solution.
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06-24-2013 07:02 PM
Davits on a PSC 34
This is a spin on my previous post.
Given my concern of losing a dinghy being towed behind my boat I'm leaning towards an onboard stowage option. Haven't measured the distance between mast and dodger but don't want to cover up my aft hatch if I can avoid it.
I know everything on a sailboat is a compromise, however I don't want to give up. I am considering the possibility of a pair of swing out Davits that I could suspend a rib from. Too much weight possibly. Not really sure. Perhaps inflatable is my only option. Along with an outboard lift.
Does anyone have any experience with this on a PSC 34' ? Again I have a Monitor Windvane which may compromise this type of arrangement. Obviously when Windvane is in use I will need to stow dinghy in another fashion, but this would be for longer passages.
Also I'm hoping and thinking that a lift could be attached to a vertical stansion but just not sure.