2000 510 Dinghy Size??

nickruocco

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Apr 3, 2020
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Middle River, MD
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2000 510 Sundancer
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Cat C12
Hello, I have a 2000 Sea Ray 510 and looking to upgrade my dinghy. I had a Zodiac YachtLine 340DL that was 10' 8" and that fit very well on the hydraulic swim platform. I really Love the new YachtLines but the smallest they make is 11' 10". is this too large for the boat? Anyone out there with an older 510 put a larger dinghy on? I can't seem to find the specs. Thanks!
 
@nickruocco Your math is messed up. A Yachtline 340 (which I just acquired) is 3.4 Meters, which is 11' 2". Working backwards, a 11' 10" is only 3.6 meters, which in the parlance of Yachtline would be a 360. Not that big of a difference especially for a 510.

For the record, I have a 48.

Jaybeaux
 
@nickruocco Your math is messed up. A Yachtline 340 (which I just acquired) is 3.4 Meters, which is 11' 2". Working backwards, a 11' 10" is only 3.6 meters, which in the parlance of Yachtline would be a 360. Not that big of a difference especially for a 510.

For the record, I have a 48.

Jaybeaux
My old dinghy was a 2000 YachtLine 340DL, I just looked up the specs and it says 11' and when I have the engine as far down as it goes, the skeg is usually right around the outside edge of the swim platform and the bow ends up sticking out a bit too. I guess it can hold a larger boat no problem but would just stick out on both sides even more and I'm not sure I want that. I just don't want to buy something and it be a pain. Wish I could try one out but it's winter and the boat is on land.
 
My old dinghy was a 2000 YachtLine 340DL, I just looked up the specs and it says 11' and when I have the engine as far down as it goes, the skeg is usually right around the outside edge of the swim platform and the bow ends up sticking out a bit too. I guess it can hold a larger boat no problem but would just stick out on both sides even more and I'm not sure I want that. I just don't want to buy something and it be a pain. Wish I could try one out but it's winter and the boat is on land.
Well for the record, "sticking out" is a NO NO depending on where you boat. In the ocean waves come from all directions and rule of thumb is you you have 1-1/2 feet clearance on each side of the swim step. I have seen dinghy's ripped off of swim platforms from over hanging and a wave clipping them. Last thing you want to worry about when the weather turns to crap is you dinghy and or swim step getting removed from your boat by mother nature. 7 lbs a gallon in the form of thousands of gallons traveling at several knots can F some sh_t up quickly.

I have a Highfield 340 on my 48 and it is all the money as far a length, probably pushing it a little in my book considering I have a 14'9" beam with the motor overhang.
 
This is a Highfield 360FCT (11'10") with Tohatsu 20 on a 52DB with a 15'3" beam. Fits just right. To @ocgrant 's point - can't go longer. My big concern is catching the dinghy on a piling or something when swinging the boat around like swinging away from the fuel dock or pulling in and out of my impossibly narrow slip. The swim platform BTW is narrower than the boat's beam.
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I've gently tapped a gas dock or two with my dinghy prop. It's definitely out there when you have to swing the bow.

A dainty 325 on a 14' beam boat.

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