Thanks for the information. We have a system of supporting the tender and the outboard on the Davits that has also has been proven. Our only concern, at this point, is the fit on the aft sundeck for longer passages.
We looked at and had the same concerns about the OCT. We are thinking of the CL340 or CL360, and wondering if it can fit on the aft sundeck, without interfering with the Mizzen traveler or Mizzen winches. If you are on board, can you please
provide a measurement from the back of the Mizzen mast to the Mizzen traveler? For us, the tubes protruding into the cockpit, during passages, would be a reasonable compromise, vs. the advantages the larger tender provides, since the tender will be on the
Davits the majority of our cruising time.
We have the CL310 hypalon. It's a choice between two lesser evils.
The 310 fits on the aft deck just perfectly for passages. I have it sit bow aft and the transom near the mizzen mast. Because we do not want the cockpit seats to be impacted, I make sure the tubes do not extend into the cockpit. The dinghy bow barely clears
the mizen traveller.
Those who have made the CL340 fit must either put the dinghy at an angle or allow the tubes to extend into the cockpit?
That said, the CL310 does not fit on the davits perfectly. I had to fashion a lifting eye on the locker lid. A slightly longer dinghy would have been great for that purpose.
I'm reasonably happy with the dinghy after nearly 3 years of use in the Med, Caribbean and Pacific. In the Med, you are probably ok with PVC but in the tropics, our PVC backup dinghy sees the sun 75% less than the CL310 is still suffering badly.
The OC tender seemed like a good option but we opted out for two reasons: (1) I have been told by owners that the ride can be jarring (2) The carrying capacity of the CL310 is around 50% more than the OC330. We dive a lot, have friends join now and then and
have done some serious provisioning trips while at anchor in places where we can't tie up the big boat, so carrying capacity is important for us.
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