FW: [AmelYachtOwners] Tender Amel 54
Scott SV Tengah
I have the Highfield CL310 Hypalon and the Simpson davits. After breaking a few of the lifting lines, here's what we do:
- Replaced the stainless lines with dyneema. Didn't pay Simpson the 4000 GBP or whatever silly amount they wanted to replace the internals to "accommodate dyneema". Simply replaced the stainless with dyneema and splice an eye into the dinghy end. Has worked fine for nearly 2 years and 15+ thousand miles.
- After I lift the dinghy, I simply put a dyneema soft shackle into the dinghy painter eye. I then put the securing ratchet strap through this eye, with one end connected to the stainless eye at the end of the davit and the other end is hooked to a line that I put right at the "armpit" of the davit. Crank it tight. The ratchet strap cannot slip off the bow unless the soft shackle breaks, which is very unlikely as I use a 6mm shackle. If you're really scared of chafe, put a dyneema chafe sleeve on the soft shackle, but the eye will probably rip off before the soft shackle breaks.
- For the stern end, put a short but stout (I use 8mm self made) soft shackle on the eye underneath the davit, near where the lifting lines exit. I use a bigger one on the stern because I usually keep my 44kg motor on. I then put a ratchet strap from one dinghy lifting eye through the soft shackle to the other lifting eye. Crank tight.
THEN, I release the davit lifting lines just a bit so there is almost no tension on them but if the ratchet strap / dyneema soft shackle system breaks, they can still act as a backup.
Hope this helps.
2007 A54 #69
Hi Aty & Mohammad,
Hope you guys are well.
In reference to below I suggest you make sure that there is no variance at all between the pick-up points of the dinghy and the rollers. Even using a correct length horizontal line between the 2 hoisting lines forcing them in the right (directly down) angle to the rollers I still experienced with a (temporary – you know my dinghies saga) brand-new 360 HIGHFIELD, in rough seas (over 35knts wind) & in open ocean, the stern davit line break due to chafing and, inexplicably, the dinghy was able to worm itself out the additional (2 crossed under the hull as well as 1 each directly from P to SB on bow and stern) safety straps causing the stern hanging almost into the water.
Of course late afternoon/early evening with still some daylight but I wonder if we would have noticed if this happened during the night.
Can assure you NOT a fun experience!!!
This was crossing from MARE (NEW CALEDONIA) to TANNA (VANUATU).
Best Regards Teun
May 8, 2021 14:35:47
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I used to have the 10’ 6” Highfield and loved it you can put it longways with the rear pontoons on either side of the shower hatch or across either way fits. If using the winter enclosure must be placed across does partially block part of the deck but really no issue.