Highfield… any regrets?

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by ocgrant, Nov 21, 2021.

  1. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    Landed this used for $500 today. Only mod I want to make is bring the rear bunk up a bit to better expose the tail lights. I’m due for an oil change and need to install the tabs, so much easier with a trailer.

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  2. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 20hp Suzuki
    Wow, that’s a great deal, buy a trailer and get a free dinghy deal.
     
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  3. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    haha, they’re selling faster than you could imagine;)
     
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet Active Member

    185
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    I saw your post and ordered these tabs for my 290 Highfield. Easy install with the provided template. I’m running them in the lowest down position and they make it quicker to get on plane with my 15 merc.

    Rick
     
  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    cool! Looking forward to trying them on ours too. We run it pretty heavy and in some decent chop so I think they’ll help us quite a bit
     
  6. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    Not my favorite install ever, just kind of annoying, but it seems like a nice setup

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  7. Ricochet

    Ricochet Active Member

    185
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    Install looks just liken mine it is a nice system. I have not quite figured out what the bracket on the inside of the hull is for… I’m thinking to hang the diagonal piece on when you flip them up when tying the dinghy down but it doesn’t seem to fit right. I did buy some additional pins as I have to raise up one of the tabs each time I travel and I’m sure I will drop one.
     
  8. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    great idea, I just joined a Highfield one that has 2500 members
     
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  9. Carver370

    Carver370 Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    2000 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer - Diesel
    T-3116 CAT - 350 HP
    Those Highfield Tabs look like what I’m looking for on my AB 10AL. The transom looks super similar, I’ll call and see what they think. Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    This is an older one, there are many better ones now.
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  11. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    here’s how I hung them for trailering so my rear straps don’t hit them. Seems ok

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  12. flyboycj84

    flyboycj84 Active Member

    184
    Feb 20, 2014
    Merritt Island FL
    2008 Meridian 391
    QSB 5.9
  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Active Member

    185
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    Okay that makes sense, I was trying to hang them on that hook with the pin in and use the other pin to secure it….Thanks for the photo.
     
  14. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    Did a test run today, the boat is way more fun now. With the tabs in the middle setting it runs completely flat with two of us and really cuts through the chop now. No pounding at all
     
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  15. Escapade

    Escapade Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Lake Michigan
    44 Sundancer
    QSC500
    Ordered my Hurley Tabs yesterday for our new 360 CL GT w/ 30 HP Merc. I will have to move or work around my depth and speedo they are mounted on a shim due to thew hull offset. Hoping minimal trim will make this work.
     
  16. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    you'll like them a lot. Don't make my mistake with the template, I set the guide on the lip of hull bottom which put the holes in the wrong place. Thankfully I was able to just fill them with the 4200 I used to seal the install and they don't leak

    once you see the template it'll make sense, just lay it flat against the transom
     
  17. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    I sat in a CL310 with the FCT console at the Toronto boat show and now I think I know what my next upgrade will be. It is not nearly as expensive an upgrade as I thought, the most annoying money to be spent are the Suzuki parts required to enable the remote control steering and throttle.

    biggest issue for us would be really pushing the upper limit of our h20 davit setup.
     
  18. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Posting just cause it’s nearly February and bored. Zodiac in house and ain’t lost a pound of pressure since November. I’m impressed.
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  19. Mauler34Rod

    Mauler34Rod Well-Known Member

    434
    Aug 26, 2020
    Chicago Lake Michigan
    2001 380 Sundancer, Raymarine radar, chart plotter and gps
    454 MPII Mercruiser w/ V Drives
    Looks like it’s never seen water :confused:
     
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  20. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    My new one this year…. Hard bottom Zodiac….. not even unwrapped…. This is how it shipped….. spring Christmas present :)

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