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Cutwater C-242 SE


Cutwater C-242 SE

The latest in Cutwater Boats’ versatile sport cruisers is the C-242 SE. The “special edition” C-242 is powered by a single Yamaha 250-hp, V6 outboard, and her deep-V, double-stepped hull that flattens aft and incorporates reversed chines helps her get on plane faster and run smoother. The patented laminar flow interrupters keep cornering sharp and positive. At the helm, a Garmin 942xs Chartplotter come standard along with a color Yamaha engine control screen.

Down below is a double cabin forward with head and sink, while on deck, a full galley with sink, stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer provide all the comforts of home. Anglers will appreciate that the C-242 SE’s cockpit comes with a draining fish box, deep cooler and sink integrated into the transom as well as plenty of rod holders.

23’7″ LOA, 8’6″ beam

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Jeanneau NC 1095

Jeanneau NC 1095

Jeanneau NC 1095

Well known for their sailing yachts, Jeanneau has been powerboating since 1958. The Jeanneau NC 1095 is the new flagship of the NC line of cruisers. Powered by twin 300-hp outboard engines, the hull design offers a smooth, flat ride with exceptional fuel efficiency. Recessed side decks allow for safe movement about the boat with easy access to the helm and the bow sunpad through a sliding side door.

The cockpit’s L-shaped seating converts into a large lounging and sunning area. Transom platforms on either side of the outboard engines make boarding and swimming safe and easy. Large windows and sunroofs provide plenty of natural lighting in the salon and the cabins. The Jeanneau NC 1095 offers two- and- three cabin versions with easy access to the head and shower. The owner’s cabin forward has a centerline bed.

34’5″ LOA, 10’11” beam 

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Sealine S330V

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Sealine S330V

Sealine has designed a sporty, fun-to-drive, luxurious, and comfortable cruiser for the active family with their sport series Sealine S330v. The accommodations are first class with a double berth guest cabin, V-berth master cabin with three skylights (one that opens), a salon that includes an L-shaped sofa, galley with refrigerator, two-burner gas stove, microwave, sink with draining basin, a fully equipped head with handheld shower, and large hull windows.

On deck, the modular cockpit can transform into a full sun lounge or seating around the cockpit table. The Sealine S330V is powered by twin Mercury Verado 300-hp outboard engines, and the helm has a variety of navigation and power options including Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards that includes autopilot and Skyhook virtual anchoring.

33’10” LOA, 11’6” beam

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Hinckley Sport Boat 40X

Hinckley Sport Boat 40X

Hinckley Sport Boat 40X

Agile handling, offshore comfort, and ease of use are the parameters behind Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40x. The pilothouse features climate control for comfort, sink, refrigerator, and settee, while the cockpit has aft- and forward-facing seating and options for a barbecue, cooler or fish well.

Accommodations include two double berths below, a head with a separate shower and a galley with fridge and microwave. A unique characteristic of the 40x is Hinckley’s vacuum infusion process that, for the Sport Boat, includes an epoxy-infused carbon hull with an outer layer of Kevlar to make it puncture resistant and provide strength and durability. Its update on the Deep V hull design offers fast and safe performance with the standard triple 300-hp outboards (or optional twin Seven Marine 627-hp outboards) that reach speeds in the upper 50-mph range.

42’7″ LOA with outboards, 12’5″ beam

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Davit Maintenance

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Keep your lift in tip-top shape with some davit maintenance

Davits work on boats without fanfare. Akin to heads and air conditioning, no one thinks about davits unless they break. But a davit with a hitch or one that won’t run at all is a major hassle that can ruin a weekend. It’s a sad sight to see a pair of personal watercraft or a tender stuck on a flybridge, high and dry, when there are islands to explore.

Boats larger than 60 feet often need a davit to deploy the tender—it’s often not a luxury but a necessity to get to shore. An 800-pound tender hanging at the end of a 10-foot davit boom is a big structural load vulnerable to forces of wind and sea. It’s easy to see why the routine davit maintenance is vitally important, and why it’s crucial to quickly transfer the tender from one place to another.

Over the past 20 years, hydraulic davits have become the standard on boats and displaced manual boom davits with electric winches. “The market is now hydraulic davits because it’s easier for the operator to use,” explains Garnett Byrd, president of MarQuipt, based in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Electronic drum winches are loud and subject to bird nesting where the cable wraps around on itself, while hydraulics are quiet, and the linear cable system keeps the cable from wrapping on a drum. You can add power rotation, and the boom can elevate and extend while the tender is in the air to increase flexibility and ease of use. All those features add up fast to make hydraulics preferable.”

Use it or Lose it

Exercising your davit offers a host of advantages and helps you notice a potential problem. Running it lubricates all the internal parts, including the valves, pistons, cylinders, and seals. The easiest davit maintenance? Run the davit weekly, or even monthly, to avoid problems well before they start. “Problems can arise from an incomplete freshwater wash down,” says Byrd. “Remember to rinse the inside of the davit and not just the outside of the davit. Shoot fresh water through the head of the davit when on an angle so it washes down the inside components (cable, pulley sheaves, fittings, hydraulic cylinder bodies, etc).”

Be careful not to overload the davit. Know its lifting weight capability and also the weight of the tender complete with engine, fuel, fresh water, battery, fire extinguisher, and options such as a trolling motor and outboard engine jack.

Exercising the davit also helps keep you trained and ready for proper operation. If the first time you use the davit to launch a tender is in a remote location, this is a recipe for disaster.  You can operate remote models with one hand, but it’s important to be comfortable with the operation before you attempt a lift.

The Issues

Davits may have by three types of problems: electrical, hydraulic and mechanical. How boat owners and operators address these problems depends upon the urgency of the situation. Is it something you discovered at the dock during downtime, or are you on a cruise and need to fix the problem to stay operational? “Electrical problems can often be the simplest things,” Byrd explains. “The first place to look is where you plug in your controller; check the male and female connection points.

This may be more troubleshooting than davit maintenance, but if one function gives you a problem, check the wires on the back and make sure they are connected and not broken. Spray corrosion inhibitor on the connections as a routine maintenance function to make sure that doesn’t become a problem.”

With hydraulic issues, air or debris that gets into the lines can hinder operation. “Hitching, balky or inconsistent movement may be a sign that air or debris has gotten into hydraulic oil,” says Byrd and adds that low hydraulic oil can contribute to these problems. “A little piece of debris in the system can intermittently prohibit the flow of oil to the valves. Maintain fluid levels by checking the hydraulic power unit and run the davit regularly.

The Solutions

If you have the skill, disassemble the valve and look inside for obstruction. Keep an eye out for leaks—obviously, any oil leak is a sign something is wrong.” Byrd suggests that boat owners can perform basic davit maintenance, such as the addition of hydraulic fluid, inspection of electrical connections and lifting cables for mechanical problems. But a qualified marine service yard should handle more advanced mechanical jobs such as the replacement of said cable or hydraulic lines and flushing and changing hydraulic oil.

As a final tip, when you rinse the outside of the davit, keep an eye for chipped or peeled paint. “Davits are typically painted aluminum, and we have isolation between dissimilar metals like stainless steel nuts, bolts and screws,” says Byrd. “If there are any paint scratches or chips, make sure you touch up those areas to avoid long-term paint oxidization.”

By Don Minikus, Southern Boating November 2018


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