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    Question Dinghy Lifts?

    Does any members of CSR have a lift which they had installed aftermarket?

    I have to admit I have been looking at Sea Lift USA and I like their Cradle Lift.

    I am not trying to do an endorsement here, just wanting to obtain information about different lifts and the size boat they are mounted on. Pictures would also be very nice, especially showing the dinghy in the stowed position and also while underway

    Oh yes also if possible the total weight of you dinghy when stowed.

    I know I am looking easily at 350 -400 pounds with what I have. Boss Boat all fiberglass 10" 4" 66" beam with a 25 HP Yamaha, and five gallon gas tank.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Pseudomind; 03-07-2011 at 07:49 AM.

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    Angry Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Well I have an answer, and it is better then being possiibly led on.

    The information I received is that with my gas engines and the weight of the dinghy the system would probably not work as there is a good chance I would not be able to get on plane.

    So now I guess I will have to consider some other future option regarding a dinghy.

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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Well that's dissapointing.. I like those units..
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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    What about just towing it?

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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by AKBASSKING View Post
    What about just towing it?
    On plane at 35 knots?
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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudomind View Post
    Well I have an answer, and it is better then being possiibly led on.

    The information I received is that with my gas engines and the weight of the dinghy the system would probably not work as there is a good chance I would not be able to get on plane.

    So now I guess I will have to consider some other future option regarding a dinghy.
    Who told you that would be too much weight? Are you looking at the integrated platform lift, or only the cradle?

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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    The site lists the cradle at 250#. Add up your dinghy, motor and gas weight to that you get about 650#. Strap 650# of sand bags on you swim platform and take her out for a spin.
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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by ziekman@cox.net View Post
    Who told you that would be too much weight? Are you looking at the integrated platform lift, or only the cradle?

    I was looking at the cradle, and I received a call from a manufacture representative, who left their number, I called him back and he told me.

    The cradle looked like it would fit under my swim platform, but what is the difference if I add the swim platform to the integrated lift? I have scratched my head, but I cannot figure any weight difference, only the on plane angle.

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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudomind View Post
    I was looking at the cradle, and I received a call from a manufacture representative, who left their number, I called him back and he told me.

    The cradle looked like it would fit under my swim platform, but what is the difference if I add the swim platform to the integrated lift? I have scratched my head, but I cannot figure any weight difference, only the on plane angle.
    I have a suggestion, just tell them to give you a few references with installations on your boat (to call or email). I'm sure that will make you feel better about it one way or another and you can find out what dinghy works best for the setup.

    In regards to a platform versus a cradle.....the platform is just more weight...about another 100 lbs or so on top of the cradle's weight.

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    Re: Dinghy Lifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by PlayDate View Post
    I have a suggestion, just tell them to give you a few references with installations on your boat (to call or email). I'm sure that will make you feel better about it one way or another and you can find out what dinghy works best for the setup.

    In regards to a platform versus a cradle.....the platform is just more weight...about another 100 lbs or so on top of the cradle's weight.

    -John
    That is a good suggestion. Are you speaking with Stephen? He is the owner, and the guy I spoke with when I ordered my platform lift. It's coming in the next few weeks. I know a guy with the same boat as mine, and he says his boat doesn't even know it's there. I believe you still could be asking for it to handle too much weight, but if you get references for same/same, then you should be OK.

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