Tony, Sue and “SeaQuill”
|28 July 2014||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Customization world|
Who has never dreamed of pulling up his outboard motor during a cruise? Maybe some of you already ventured to do it and quickly realized it was not an easy thing to raise the motor aboard. This Australian couple may have found a simple and effective solution by equipping its davits Lagoon 421 of a mouting frame. Tony and Sue give the secrets of his invention …
Who are you?
We are Tony & Sue, and have retired from work, sold our house and now live aboard our Lagoon 421 “SeaQuill”. We are slowly heading north, up the east coast of Australia, having left Melbourne March this year.
Why did you choose this boat?
There were a number of “Must Haves” when we started to search for a catamaran and thankfully the owners layout, with cruising specification of the 421 satisfied them all. Some of our needs were to have both internal and external seating space, a master bed that could be accessed from each side and a helm station that kept the skipper in touch with everybody aboard.
What kind of changes have you made and why?
The primary change was to design and fit a davit to manage the outboard motor. I don’t like to keep the outboard on the back of the tender and so I use the mounting frame every time we put to sea. The outboard weighs approximately 26 kg and that is too heavy for me to carry down the steps and then bend down to fit it to the tender. There was always the risk I would either drop the outboard or slip and end up in the water. Neither is a good result.
The davit mount is an extension to the original mounting which offers a number of advantages. No additional holes into the hull being one. More importantly as the weight is taken on the davit it’s stays within the original frame hull mountings. Once lifted the davit is slewed around and the outboard lowered straight down to the tender. I have a knot in the rope which jams in the lower pulley when the outboard is in the correct position to fit to the tender. I made the outboard lifting sling out of a webbing tie-down strap.
What is the estimated cost?
The davit is made from marine grade, thick wall stainless tube and cost about AU$1000.
And did you customize something else ?
We have fitted an additional hand rails (see below). The same is fitted at both steps. It makes the transition in and out of the tender much safer.
Neither of the locker doors below the steps to the helm station had locks. One has all my tools and the other has the external fridge with the wine… Both needed to be fitted with locks.
If you have a good eye for detail you will see the helm seat below. We have removed the round foam pad and fitted a full seat back. Much more comfortable! I have also attached our second life ring to the seat back so its in easy reach for the skipper. The lagoon mount is at the rear of the port hull, too far away if a MOB occurs.
What will be your next customization?
I don’t like the method used to strap in the life raft. How anyone is expected to reach over and release the raft is beyond me, especially in a rough sea. My opinion is that for a cruising boat there should be some form of remote or automatic release.
Thank you to Tony for sharing with us this brilliant idea!
To contact Tony: firstname.lastname@example.org