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    305 / 3055 owners -- what(39)s your swimstep mounted dingy system made from?-gctid371711

    Hi Guys,

    I currently have Weaver Davits system and a single pole connecting my dingy to the boat.



    It's really a bit scary for me to have all that weight on a single pole. The dink flops around like all get out when I'm up on plane and hit any sort of appreciable wake. I also noticed that one of the screws (yes not bolts) that are holding the davits to the deck on the starboard side was finger tight...I'm really hopeful that the previous owner didn't just screw these in, but I'm not entirely certain at this point. I do note the other side is held down with bolts. I haven't wanted to pull anything out yet for fear that it is just some screws and there wouldn't be enough material for them to hold putting them back in...

    So a couple of questions....

    1) Is there an easy way to get to the space in between the top/bottom of the swimstep to see if there is a plate or washers underneath securing all this?

    2) What's your setup in general for your dinghy? Pictures would be awesome.

    I'm considering purchasing a pair of adjustable weaver standoffs http://www.weaverindustries.com/inde...stand-off.html I figure running a pair to the top of the dinghy from above the locker back there would hold things solidly in place. It's unfortunately going to make things a pain for getting to the grill I've been planning on mounting above said locker... I just need to get down to the boat and measure, at this point I have to say keeping the dinghy from falling off is a higher priority then the BBQ I don't yet have.

    Thanks in Advance

    #2
    I can't help you on the davits, but when I had a 305, I mounted the BBQ on a rod holder mount on the port side, just forward of the transom gate. I've also seen permanent mounts in the same location.
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      #3
      OMFG That is the setup I want, I am going to pass on the transom bracket though and go with 2 tube brackets. Do you have the extended snaps? It looks like you do. I also plan on getting a pair of adjustable stand off and mounting them to the sides of the anchor locker to a couple places on the dinghy.

      DO you have more pics???

      As for screws, that is scarey. One of the fellas at my marina that has weaver davits has his screwed down, he swears by them...I will be installing bolts.

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        #4
        Ryan,

        I'll shoot some more pics for you next I'm down there....Give me a couple of days. As for extended or not...no clue. The previous owner rigged this up. Based on the fact that one of the screws was thumb tight...or rather loose. I think the screws idea is a bit wonky.

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          #5
          aa2300 wrote:
          Ryan,

          I'll shoot some more pics for you next I'm down there....Give me a couple of days. As for extended or not...no clue. The previous owner rigged this up. Based on the fact that one of the screws was thumb tight...or rather loose. I think the screws idea is a bit wonky.
          Yup I am not a fan of screws. If you can, could you measure the snap davit itself on your swim step? Pics will be super helpful, I am pretty sure I need extended davits due to the 3055's swim platform shape. Thanks!

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            #6
            Just personal preference but I would NOT thru' bolt mine ....Heard of several instances where the dinghy took a big wave and ripped 2 holes in the Transom which sank the boat...I put mine down with 5200 and SS screws. If mine takes a big wave then only the surface material will suffer and not rip out a Hole.They've been there for 8 years with no problem and they carry a 8.8HP Yam and a 10ft Dinghy with Aluminum bottom....Again just personal preference but a point worth considering.

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              #7
              The only access inside the swim step is from the engine bay. But you can see all the way to the back assuming you use a flashlight.
              Jim McNeely
              New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
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              Brighton, Michigan USA
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                #8
                You absolutely need 2 Weaver standoffs in addition to the post on the Weaver Leaver. Install them under tension, and the dinghy won't flop around.

                This is the same setup as I had on my boat and it worked well. I had 2 sets of small sailboat blocks ("pulleys" for landlubbers) with about 20 ft of line, which I used for pulling the dinghy up to a vertical position. That saved my back.

                Screws are fine for attachment to the swim step. Just remember...use the biggest screws that will fit, and use 3M 5200 liberally between the bracket and the step. 5200 is an adhesive, not a sealant, and will permanently attach the brackets to the fiberglass.
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                  #9
                  Hey Ryan,

                  As promised, albiet a little late, photos of the davit. Yes it's dirty :/ Time to break out the FSR.


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                    #10
                    Ahhhhhh there we go Thank you much, looks like I will be ordering the 4'' extended versions of those. Thanks again!

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