Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dinghy choices?
Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
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Since "Ocean Craft" are not far from us here in Australia we followed svdelos.com lead and have the same robust "tinny duck" now mounted on a cradle on the front deck, but also a much smaller 2.7m Sirocco rib on the rear deck. We had http://www.oceancraft.com.au make our one slightly shorter than SV Delos (3.0m instead of 3.3m) plus had them install a lockable seat/compartment up front for fuel tank, battery, & safe storage of gear when left locked up on a beach.
Not sure how we will go with it yet, as we are about to leave Brisbane and start cruising north into Asia. Possibly we may regret the weight, size and view obstruction and end up using mainly the smaller one, only time will tell. For this reason I would hate to recommend it to you yet, but if any of you had a bunch of crew or kids and wanted a fun craft to get anywhere quickly regardless of weight then I would go straight for this option based on price, safety, ride comfort and absolute durability.
With this outfit on the cradle we have a pretty clear view forwards (under the dingy), place a bit more weight in front (the rear of our SM is already just over her waterlines), and can carry just under 1 ton of fuel, supplies and 10 !!! people if need be. It is also unsinkable and we also added a floor (another air tight compartment) plus their lights option, and it takes both our 30hp and 15 hp 2 strokes, both getting it onto an easy plane immediately. Weight approx 90kg. Price AUD $7950.00 (same as the top line Hypalon models here) and the manufacturer informs me (thanks to the Youtube success of svdelos.com) he is selling these as fast as he can make them and shipping them all over the world. Apparently he can deliver them most places around the globe for only about $500 US shipping.
If you want one of these I would recommend asking for the same one as on "Island Pearl II" as the 300mm shorter version makes it far easier to get around the front decks when at sea. Also the all round fender set option is essential and the front seat/storage option in our opinion is well worth the extra expense.
SV Island Pearl II, Amel 53 #332
On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM, John Clark john.biohead@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
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