Highfield… any regrets?

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by ocgrant, Nov 21, 2021.

  1. Avenger

    Avenger Active Member

    288
    Nov 29, 2009
    Northern Michigan
    2007 60 Sundancer
    Man 1100CRM
    I think the 20 might be a little underpowered if you want to get on plane with more than two people. Mine is a 2021 with a 40hp Zuk. Runs just about 30mph. My friend has a 340 Sport with a 25 hp Yamaha and it seems to run pretty good. upload_2022-1-8_16-27-41.jpeg
     
  2. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    is that the PVC one? The Hypalon looks to be $5500.
     
  3. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Yes pvc…. That’s $1,000 more then pre covid… a 310 pvc was less than $3400 two years ago
     
  4. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Gotcha. And I hate you all. Read this thread yesterday and went to the local dealer today to browse. Had a nice conversation with the sales guy and learned about the various models and manufacturers. Now I see a hypalon CL310 in my future. This is why I hate you all. You are about to cost me $6k (plus). And I’m one of the silly ones getting the hydraulic platform put on my 400DB. We thought hard about that and decided we likely don’t have another boat in our future. So instead of thinking new boat, we decided to continue outfitting ours to work for us. The stock platform on the 400 is abysmal. Too small, too narrow and way too low to the water. Hence, a new platform. Now, with a new hydraulic platform the old West Marine inflatable bottom dink just won’t cut it. Maybe it was inevitable that I’d get a new dink this year. But this thread pushed me further that way. And so I hate you all.
     
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  5. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    My highfield sales guy said don’t go hypalon because of warranty on pvc is so good… I am in fresh water so maybe different for you
     
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  6. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Im in the Chesapeake, so lightly brackish. My PVC West Marine boat has done well here, so that’s a good thought. Save a few bucks. The hypalon was pretty robust to the touch though!

    I wonder if there’s any issue with getting one vs the other because of all the supply chain issues? I was told I could get one (hypalon) by spring if I ordered now. He didn’t have stock other than floor models. I didn’t ask about the PVC.
     
  7. Blown284

    Blown284 Active Member

    998
    Jan 12, 2014
    Chesapeake Bay
    2004 SeaRay Sundancer 460
    Cummings 480CE
    What are you folks using to lock your outboards up from theft? Ok, deter theft since crooks, given enough energy and tools, can steal whatever they want. I've seen the kind that go across the ears you tighten down. Anyone use anything else that you recommend?
     
  8. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I stopped…. If they want it that bad anything you do they can get around
     
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  9. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    I just use a good padlock on the ears once it's on the dinghy. We keep the dinghy on the davits when we're gone so it's out of the water as well as a full cover over it, including the motor.

    But really nothing from stopping anyone from untying the dink and taking the whole thing..except there are 3 in the water around me - the best defense lol.
     
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  10. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    I don’t lock up the outboard. It stays on the dinghy on the dock. But I do lock up the gas tank and the gas hose. (Mine isn’t currently in a locker). The oars are in my boat. Unless someone comes by with their own tank and their own Mercury hose (every connection is different, isn’t it?) they can’t get far. So it’s not perfect, but they will likely move on to an easier target.
     
  11. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    A fully paid insurance policy is much easier to manage than padlocks :)
     
  12. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    i somewhat disagree. There’s the hassle of going to use your dinghy in finding that it’s not there, or not usable. Then you have to call the insurance company in file a claim. Then you have to wait for a check. And you have to shop for a new motor and dinghy. All told, that’s a huge hassle and a lot of time.

    I live in the city. Here we have to take everything out of our cars at night so that nothing is visible. Otherwise, it would not be surprised if your car got broken into. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old duffel bag with stinky gym clothes. They can’t tell from the outside of the car, so they break in to steal it. Yes, we can have full insurance. But you still would have to deal with the cleanup, the repair, dealing with the insurance company, etc. Insurance is never as good as prevention. At least not in my book.
     
  13. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2006 50' Post
    Series 60 Detroit/MTU
  14. ranger58sb

    ranger58sb Well-Known Member

    596
    Apr 6, 2021
    Annapolis
    2006 58DB
    MAN 900 CRM
    Probably Annapolis Inflatables.

    -Chris
     
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  15. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2006 50' Post
    Series 60 Detroit/MTU
    They seem to have the lock on everything in our area. That's who I purchased my Zodiac from and would like to see a Highfield in person at some point.
     
  16. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    That is correct. I went there Saturday and chatted with the manager. It was slow, so he spent the time with me, educating me. I appreciated that and wouldn’t hesitate to do business with them. They are related to Fawcett Marine - a marine supply place in Annapolis. One of the few larger independent marine shops.
     
  17. Blown284

    Blown284 Active Member

    998
    Jan 12, 2014
    Chesapeake Bay
    2004 SeaRay Sundancer 460
    Cummings 480CE
    I had a completely different experience with them in the past. Your mileage can (and will) vary.
     
  18. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Yeah, you never know, do you? I had one good experience - worth a second visit. If you only had one bad experience, perhaps it was an anomaly (or maybe mine was)? If you've had more than one, it might be a pattern. But you're right - mileages do vary...
     
  19. Blown284

    Blown284 Active Member

    998
    Jan 12, 2014
    Chesapeake Bay
    2004 SeaRay Sundancer 460
    Cummings 480CE
    Valid points - but I will pass on trying again.
     
  20. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Then unfortunately, if you want a Highfield that isn’t a UL, you’re probably going to have to head to Red Bank NJ.

    https://www.highfieldboats.com/dealers-locator/
     

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