Re: Tender Amel 54 #dinghy
In reference to last paragraph below: since a buddy boat had his (not so expensive) tender “stolen” during the night in PORT VILA, VANUATU I ALWAYS raise my tender in the davits during the night – it is not “passage secured” but just swinging in the davits. I have seen OCT’s on boats w/o davits hanging during the night on a halyard on the side – very easy to do as they are so light.
Finally – don’t underestimate the importance of having the lines of your davits hanging exactly straight down and NOT in an angle from the davits to the tender. It is amazing how quickly even Dyneema chafes thru in a rolly sea; I had the stern davit line breaking on a 1 week old HIGHFIELD during 30 plus knots of wind against the swell on passage from NEW CALEDONIA to TANNA, VANUTUA. We were able to re-rig/secure the dinghy but it was NOT cool. The beauty of the OCT is that Russell will ask you for the exact distance between the davit lines and then makes sure the Dyneema hook up straps will be at the right place. Since then I never had a problem with the davit lines chafing.
Best Regards Teun
A54 2009 #128
October 6, 2020 11:45:08
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of ngtnewington Newington via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:19
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Tender Amel 54
Yes I slept on the problem. It turned out I needed to back out the arms at the top furling swivel. My top lashing on the genoa broke and the tension on the halyard jammed the swivel right up to the black plastic stopper. It would not tap down until the arms were backed out and then it was fine. The problem was that I was alone, but I managed to find a helpful yachtsman to winch me up. The lashings are now all dyneema.
The tender is the Caribe L9 with 15 HP 4 stroke. It can only just plane with four people on board. It hauls up on my solar stern arch and is absolutely fine in all weather. However for ocean passages I put the outboard in the stern locker and store it upside down on the aft coach roof. It just fits without fouling the mizzen sheet.
It is a good ride and very sea worthy. Being smaller than your current one there is no problem with it overhanging port and starboard, and as you can see the stern passerelle goes over it if it is lowered.
I must say I do like the look of the NZ hard tenders, the only problem is the price and of course theft.
S/Y Amelia, AML 54-019