Brand and Motors

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Great Lakes, May 1, 2019.

  1. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    Hey fellas. I'm joining the dinghy crowd soon. The brands that are sold by local dealers are Highfield with Suzuki and Achilles or Aventus with Tohatsu. Either will be 20hp

    Any preferred things I should look for or avoid on boat or motor

    Thanks
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I haven't heard of Highfield, but have had an Achilles and was very happy with it. I'd buy a Tohatsu in a heartbeat. Owned one and loved it.
     
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  3. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I’ve got a Tahatsu on my Zodiac and love it. Great motor.

    You going hard bottom or soft? What size?
     
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  4. Rocket

    Rocket Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    595
    Jan 14, 2008
    Long Island NY
    2007 48 Sundancer
    Previous: 2004 420DA, 2007 320DA, 2006 240DA
    Cummins QSC 540 8.3
    I am using AB with a Yamaha. That said, Achilles and Highfield are well built products. I would give the edge to Achilles/Tohotsu as Ive had one one for 4 years and held up well. Highfield is sold by my local dealer and they are nice as well. you have a 390 so go with a 9 foot hard bottom. What are you using for davit?
     
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  5. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I have the West Marine hard-bottom. I believe it's made by either Avon or Zodiac. With a Tohatsu 9.9 efi, my max speed has been 22 mph. I've been pretty happy with this combo.

    To help get up on plane quicker I added a hydrofoil. The difference was night and day.
     
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  6. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    Hard bottom looking at 10’ ish. Good to hear about motor
     
  7. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    I like the Highfield cause of the aluminum and less weight. I have a GHS platform to store it. I’m hoping for 10’4” model
     
  8. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    Probably go with hard bottom Achilles with 20hp Tohatsu. It sounds like that’s the way to go
     
  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet Member GOLD Sponsor

    130
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    I have the Highfield 290 10-6” with Mercury 15 EFI.....great set up!

    Rick
     
  10. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    I do like the style and looks of the Highfield but my dealer only sells Suzuki's
     
  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet Member GOLD Sponsor

    130
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    My dock neighbor has the Highfield 290 with the Suzuki, Suzuki has been doing the EFI in the small motors the longest, that is also a great setup. I almost went with the Suzuki but have always been a Mercury guy.
     
  12. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    604
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
    8.1
    I just don’t see a lot of them in my area so that makes me take pause
     
  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Member GOLD Sponsor

    130
    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    I have 3 summers on the Highfield, there are a couple of center console Highfields in our marina that are also going on their 4th summer, no issues that I am aware of.

    Rick
     
  14. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    Had a highfield 9.6 for 4 seasons with no issues. Recently sold it for an AB center console. With the highfield we had a 6 and a 8 hp tohatsu. Went for the 30 hp tohatsu on the new AB as the previous ones performed so well.
     
  15. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    290
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    Great Lakes, I have the Aventus RIB and run it with a 9.9 Merc. Good dinghy. I would recommend getting a 15hp or larger (if the dink is rated for a bigger one).
    We go from Bouvier Bridge Marina all over Anchor Bay. Down to Browns, Deckers, Island Grill, The Raft, Naked Bay, Munchies, ect. We are getting a pretty good sized group of dinghies in our marina and it is a blast to spend the day out in them all over Anchor Bay.
    My plan is to sell my towards the end of the year and get a center console dinghy with larger motor.
     
  16. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    290
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    Dinghy ride, Labor Day 2018.jpg
     
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  17. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    I have an AB Ventus 9Vl RIB and have been very happy with it. One of my criteria was to have a light weight, flat floor in the dinghy and AB fit the bill. I have it mated to a 1998 Envinrude 15 hp 2 stroke. I wanted the extra HP but not the weight so sought out the 2 stroke. Before that I had an 8 hp Tohatsu that was good for an older soft bottom boat, but didn't get the RIB up on plain very well. With the Envirude I can hit 26 mph.

    Since I got the AB from my local dinghy shop they have started to carry Highfield. They say it's a very good product. For aluminum boats they have switch from stocking AB to Highfield, citing better quality welds, a standard keep guard, and a lower price vs. AB aluminum models.
     
  18. jzanthony

    jzanthony Member

    144
    Aug 17, 2015
    Port Lambton, ON Lake St Clair
    99 Sea Ray 380 DA
    7.4 Horizons
    We purchased a Gala A330L with a 20HP tohatsu last year and love it.

    the tohatsu works flawlessly so far we did rack up quite a few hours on the dinghy between the adults and kids.

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