Re: Tender Amel 54 #dinghy

Mohammad Shirloo

Hi Dirk;


Thanks for sharing your experience.


We are getting ready to make our final selection of our new tender. We intend to carry the tender on the aft sundeck and was wondering if the tender interferes with the Mizzen traveler, or any other operational items on the boat. when stowed on the aft sundeck? Did you get any of the options and if so, which ones would you recommend?





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From: <> On Behalf Of Dirk Hooff via
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:10 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Tender Amel 54


Hi Mohammad,

the Highfield CL 360 fits almost perfectly to the Simpson davits. There is only a difference of approx. 4 cm inbetween the pick-up points on the tender and the rollers on the davits.

But you could also adjust this perfectly with small changes to the dinghy.

The CL 360 will certainly start to plane with a 20 HP outboard motor and 4 people in the boat.

With six people on board, we were very quickly with the new Yamaha 25PS ...

At the stern there are also two attachment points for toys or other things to pull.

We have had many dinghies from Zodiac and other manufacturers ... the Highfield seems to be better in processing than many similarly priced boats... especially the aluminum hull.

I know some blue water sailors who have changed to a Highfield and are very enthusiastic.

Currently we stay for the winter period in the northern Adriatic sea. There and in many places in the Mediterranean we had to moore with stern first. Sometimes it´s not easy... you have to be careful with the dinghy. But it doesn´t matter if the dinghy is 3,40 or 3,60 long.

Hopefully that helped… 


All the best and stay healthy!



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Am 06.10.2020 um 18:32 schrieb Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...>:


Hi Dirk;


Thanks for the input. Did you have to make any modifications to the lifting points to be able to lift the dinghy on the Davits or was it just plug and play? We currently have a 20HP Yamaha 4-stroke. Do you think this will plane with 4 people? We’d also like to be able to pull surfboards and other toys behind. Are there attachments at the transom for ski ropes and do you see any issues pulling with this tender?


Not sure where you are currently cruising, but do you have to moor stern to? If so, does the CL360 interfere with adjacent yachts when leaving the dock in a cross breeze?


Happy Sailing;



Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099


From: <> On Behalf Of Dirk Hooff via
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:14 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Tender Amel 54


Hi Mohammad,


this year we bought a Highfield CL360 in Hypalon. It fits perfectly on the AMEL davits (Cooney Simpson).

Hypalon should be chosen if the dinghy has been in salt water for a longer period and is exposed to strong sunlight.

We have a powerful outboard motor (Yamaha 25PS) with which the CL 360 can drive perfectly over long distances, even with several people. The aluminum hull is very light (the CL360 weighs only approx. 70kg) and thanks to the good V-shape it drives very well over the waves, even at higher speeds.

Incidentally, the new Yamaha 25PS still fits in the aft locker on the outboard motor bracket ... a perfect place for the outboard motor for longer sea passages or winter storage.

In addition, the CL360 fits perfectly (upside down) on the aft deck ... also for longer sea passages or winter storage.

We are very happy with this dinghy choice.


Many greetings and thanks again for your help regarding the oil pressure sensor this summer!



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Am 06.10.2020 um 08:47 schrieb Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...>:


We are looking for a new tender, as our existing 12 year old Zodiac Classic foldable with aluminum floor planks that came with our Amel, is starting to have some of the glue joints fail. It has been a great stable ride that planes with a 20HP with 4 people. We have been considering the Highfield line and will not be onboard prior to ordering, Therefore, we would appreciate comments on the following issues:

  1. How does the CL310 or CL340 fit on the Davits?
  2. PVC or Hypalon? We will most likely be in the Med for another 3 years and then onto the Caribbean. AT this point our ongoing plan is to continue sailing West. about 6 months every year.
  3. Our existing 3.5 Meter Zodiac, does present some challenge trying to leave the dock, while Med Moored in a cross wind, if we have yachts at both sides. The tender is about 18-24 inches wider than the stern, therefore the bow on the tender can get caught in the stanchions of the adjacent yacht. In extreme conditions, we lower the tender and tow behind until we are clear of the dock and then bring the tender up on Davits. Does anyone have a better solution?
  4. What is your general impression of the quality, ride and longevity of the highfield line?
  5. What other tender lines have you used that you could recommend?

Thanks in advance for all input.

Mohammad & Aty
B&B Kokomo
Amel 54 #099 



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